Beckhoff Automation introduced EtherCAT P in a single cable.
Beckhoff, of Savage, Minn., said it has united EtherCAT communication and power functions into a standard, four-wire Ethernet cable. The company calls the technology One Cable Automation.
The new technology includes all the features of EtherCAT, including the free choice of network topology, high-speed communication, optimum bandwidth utilization, telegram processing on-the-fly, a precise synchronization and extensive diagnostics functionality. Beckhoff said.
In its news release, Beckhoff described the impact of the one-cable system: “With the ability to transmit higher currents, EtherCAT P paves the way toward automation without control cabinets. With One Cable Automation, connected automation components or small terminal boxes receive the necessary control data and power with just one cable and the corresponding branches, helping eliminate large control and electrical cabinets while reducing machine and plant footprint.”
Beckhoff is expanding the EtherCAT P portfolio of products.
Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG will exhibit at the K 2016 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, in Hall 11, Booth G21.
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