Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven industrial technologies. Manufacturers and machine builders can implement high performance Beckhoff control systems more efficiently and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff has been a long-time proponent of open controls architectures, full system interoperability, seamless machine-to-machine communication and lean automation solutions. As more technology companies are calling for these types of costefficient solutions, Beckhoff is well-positioned today to support them. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.
Beckhoff’s product range includes PC-based control, Industrial PCs, Embedded PCs, programmable automation controllers (PACs), PLCs, operator interfaces, I/O compatible with over 15 different fieldbuses, EtherCAT (next generation Ethernet fieldbus technology), TwinSAFE safety solutions, servo drives and motors. Another advanced solution from Beckhoff is TwinCAT 3, which represents a convergence of automation and the IT world; this is referred to as eXtended Automation Technology (XAT).
While supporting all IEC 61131 programming languages and providing active support of multi-core systems, Beckhoff advances leading edge automation solutions that deliver high performance and efficiency. This includes eXtended Automation, the core principle of TwinCAT 3. eXtended Automation adds numerous enabling tools to the lineup of technologies already established in the TwinCAT platform. While the bases for automation, PLC, motion control, robotics and HMI programming have been well-covered in TwinCAT for many years, version 3 adds the opportunity to use Object-Oriented programming, C/C++, Matlab®/Simulink®, software-based safety and more, all in a standardized Microsoft Visual Studio®-based shell. With TwinCAT 3 programmers can select the languages and tools that are best-suited to each application.