New ProductsMay 18, 2023

Ethernet-APL capable field devices

Beckhoff ELX6233 Ethernet APL

ELX6233 EtherCAT Terminal for compact integration of Ethernet-APL into process control systems.

Ethernet-APL-capable field devices from the hazardous areas of zones 0/20 and 1/21 can be connected directly to the ELX6233 EtherCAT Terminal from Beckhoff. The combination of flexible EtherCAT system architecture and the extensive ELX portfolio now facilitates the integration of Ethernet-APL, HART, or simple digital signals in the same terminal segment.

The rise of digitalization, especially in the areas of plant diagnostics and monitoring, is currently one of the major topics in the process industry.

Processing plants are generally very widespread and have particular requirements that are met by the specially developed standard Ethernet- APL, which offers a transmission rate of 10 Mbit/s and a cable length of up to 1,000 meters. When it comes to connecting corresponding field devices, the ELX6233 EtherCAT Terminal now offers a modular approach along with a whole host of associated advantages:

  • Compact installation space
  • High channel density
  • Expandability and an adaptable number of channels to suit each application
  • Simplified integration
  • Improved cycle times
  • Compatibility with all EtherCAT terminals and couplers

The ELX6233 supplies the sensors according to the SPAA (TS10186) port profile and integrates them into the system via PROFINET. Two APL ports are available for this purpose in the compact 24 mm terminal housing. This allows the data from the connected sensors to be transmitted to the controller and to the higher-level process control system (DCS) via the ultra-fast EtherCAT communication.