New Automation Technology
Beckhoff implements open automation systems using PC-based control technology. The product spectrum comprises these main areas: Industrial PCs, I/O and fieldbus components, drive technology and automation software. Product series are available for all areas, which can be used as individual components or function collectively as a complete, harmonized control system.
PC-based control technology
The Beckhoff New Automation Technology philosophy stands for universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of applications ranging from CNC machine tools to intelligent building automation systems.
Beckhoff | The Automation Company
Beckhoff offers comprehensive system solutions in different performance classes for all areas of automation. Beckhoff control technology is scalable – from high-performance Industrial PCs to mini PLCs – and can be adapted precisely to the respective application. TwinCAT automation software integrates real-time control with PLC, NC and CNC functions in a single package. All Beckhoff controllers are programmed using TwinCAT in accordance with the globally-recognised IEC 61131-3 programming standard. With TwinCAT 3 C/C++ and MATLAB®/Simulink® are available as programming languages in addition to IEC 61131-3.
Beckhoff | The IPC Company
Beckhoff supplies the right Industrial PC for every application. High-quality components based on open standards and the rugged construction of the device housings mean that the Industrial PCs are ideally equipped for all control requirements. Embedded PCs make modular Industrial PC technology available in miniature format for DIN rail mounting. In addition to their application in automation, Beckhoff Industrial PCs are also ideally suited to other kinds of tasks – wherever reliable and robust PC technology is required.
Beckhoff | The I/O Company
Beckhoff has the right technology for every signal and every fieldbus. Beckhoff supplies a complete range of Fieldbus Components for all common I/Os and over 15 major fieldbus systems. With the Bus Terminals in protection class IP 20, and the Fieldbus Box modules in IP 67, a complete range is available for all important signal types and fieldbus systems. In addition to conventional bus systems, Beckhoff offers a complete EtherCAT I/O range for the high-speed Ethernet fieldbus based on EtherCAT Terminals, the EtherCAT Box and the EtherCAT Plug-in Modules.
Beckhoff | The Motion Company
In combination with the motion control solutions offered by the TwinCAT automation software, Beckhoff Drive Technology represents an advanced and complete drive system. PC-based control technology from Beckhoff is ideally suited for single and multiple axis positioning tasks with highly dynamic requirements. The AX5000 Servo Drive series and the AX8000 multi-axis servo system with high-performance EtherCAT system communication offer maximum performance and dynamics. Servomotors with One Cable Technology, which combines power and feedback system in a standard motor cable, reduce material and commissioning costs.
The linear transport system XTS replaces classic mechanical systems by innovative mechatronics. It enables individual product transport applications with a continuous flow of material.
With XPlanar, Beckhoff combines many advantages of conventional transport technologies in one system and adds a floating effect to product transport. This results in a wide range of new options for handling products within a machine and also between several machines.
Worldwide presence on all continents
The central divisions of Beckhoff, such as development, production, administration, distribution, marketing, support and service are located at the Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG headquarters in Verl, Germany. Rapidly growing presence in the international market is taking place through subsidiaries and branch offices. Through worldwide cooperation with partners, Beckhoff is represented in 75 countries.
Innovative products and a full range of services
Since the foundation of the company in 1980, continuous development of innovative products and solutions using PC-based control technology has been the basis for the continued success of Beckhoff. Many automation technology standards that are taken for granted today were conceptualised by Beckhoff at an early stage and successfully introduced to the market.