Beckhoff Automation

Savage, MN 55378


About Beckhoff Automation

Beckhoff can integrate high performance PLC, motion control and robotics on a streamlined PC- and EtherCAT-based control platform. This offers the flexibility and speed required to meet the wide ranging requirements of the packaging industry.

Product Summary

Automation and controls equipment, I/O, Industrial Ethernet, motion control systems.


13130 Dakota Avenue
Savage, MN 55378
United States

More Info on Beckhoff Automation

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Next-step Automation Technology from Beckhoff Offers Unrivaled Flexibility and Throughput in Packaging

Beckhoff Automation is a global provider of open automation systems based on advanced PC Control technology. The “New Automation Technology” philosophy at Beckhoff represents universal and open automation solutions used in a wide spectrum of high-tech applications around the world. These applications range from control of machines and robots used in packaging, to Internet of Things (IoT) systems, to category-defining mechatronics solutions and much more. The world headquarters of Beckhoff Automation is in Verl, Germany while the U.S. headquarters office is in Savage, Minn. (Minneapolis area).

XTS, the paradigm-shifting linear transport technology from Beckhoff, has been expanded with new hardware and software technology. XTS Hygienic, a stainless steel, IP69K version, is ideal for wash-down production environments in packaging, pharma, food and beverage. In addition, new Track Management functionality allows individual movers to transfer between multiple XTS systems, enabling further customization, quality inspection, automatic defect ejection and more. These features, along with the system’s high speeds, dynamics, small footprint, instant recipe changeovers and real-time integration with robotics, further revolutionize possibilities in packaging.

Another breakthrough in mechatronics technology for packaging machinery, the XPlanar flying motion solution delivers unrivaled flexibility and throughput in product and package handling. The system uses planar motor tiles as a base to levitate passive movers at speeds of 4 m/s and acceleration up to 20 m/s². Path planning and collision avoidance software produce extremely efficient and maintenance-free motion control for complex packaging, inspection and material handling applications. Anti-sloshing functionality in TwinCAT 3 software optimizes XPlanar’s transport capabilities in applications involving liquids, such as filling of beverages, cosmetics and other goods. XPlanar offers wear-free movement and the ability to cover planar motor tiles with stainless steel, glass or other hygienic surfaces.

Products & Press Releases

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Power Supplies with EtherCAT interface

April 5, 2023
The PS2000 power supplies from Beckhoff feature a built-in EtherCAT interface, allowing the control system to directly process measurement data, internal device diagnostics information...
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Contactless Material Movement

March 16, 2023
Beckhoff has expanded the functionality of its XPlanar system with new mover identification, movers for two lanes of traffic on one tile, rectangular movers, and mover coupling...
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Integrated Servo Drive for Distributed Installation

Jan. 28, 2021
Discover how Beckhoff's new AMI812x series of integrated servo drives can enable the implementation of highly compact machines without control cabinets.
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Current Transformers Complete Sensor-to-Cloud Power Measurement Chain

Feb. 3, 2020
With the new SCT current converters, Beckhoff Automation completes the power measurement chain that now ranges from measuring physical values to transmitting captured data to ...
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Industrial PC Boosts Computing Power

Jan. 31, 2020
The Beckhoff C6025 delivers the high computing performance of the Intel Core i series in a fanless, small-form-factor device.
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Wireless Communication Devices Offer Simple USB Connectivity

Nov. 20, 2019
The IP 66-rated CU8210-M001 cabinet dome from Beckhoff establish reliable wireless communication via the USB port of an Industrial PC.
Beckhoff’s XTS (eXtended Transport System) linear transport system.

Improving Material Handling Capabilities

Sept. 10, 2019
Increased collaboration among mechanical, electrical, and software engineers at machine builders has led to a number of advances in material handling automation technology, like...
With an OPC UA communication channel, Beckhoff’s TwinCAT Scope multi-core oscilloscope offers a charting tool for diverse data sources.

Software Analyzes Heterogeneous Data

Aug. 8, 2019
With an OPC UA communication channel, Beckhoff’s TwinCAT Scope multi-core oscilloscope offers a charting tool for diverse data sources.
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Ultra-Compact Industrial PC Saves Space

June 11, 2019
Beckhoff’s C6032 measures just 129 x 133 x 104 mm (5.08 x 5.24 inches).
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Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

May 2, 2019
Announced at Hannover Messe 2019, the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is a group designed for technology suppliers and end users of all sizes to collaborate around an open framework...

Articles & News

LJ Welding Automation’s Pipe Titan pipe welding system leverages IO-Link for greater sensor communications flexibility. Source: Beckhoff Automation

Why IO-Link Use is Increasing

IO-Link’s proven ability to simplify diverse equipment integrations and provide reliable diagnostics is leading manufacturers and OEMs to gravitate toward this I/O technology....
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Syntegon packaging machines using Beckhoff’s XTS technology can process up to 2,400 products per minute.
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The Value of Built-in OEM Technologies

Oct. 25, 2023
Syntegon, a packaging machinery OEM, explains why users should take a serious look at the software technologies provided by the machine manufacturer rather than always looking...
Beckhoff's new cameras feature flexible mounting options, a bandwidth of up to 2.5 Gbit/s and are tailored to industrial PCs.

Beckhoff Adds Cameras and Lighting to Vision Portfolio

Sept. 21, 2023
Along with the TwinCAT automation software, Beckhoff’s new cameras and lighting create an integrated machine vision and control system.
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The floating and flying XPlanar movers transport the components through the testing process in an optimized 3-second cycle.

Using XPlanar for Optical Inspection

Built around Beckhoff’s XPlanar materials transport system, Stoba Sondermaschinen has developed a modular optical inspection system that accelerates quality control.
EtherCAT devices come in form factors such as this PCB-board pluggable EJ terminal, standard EL slice, and machine-mountable EtherCAT box module from Beckhoff Automation. Source: Beckhoff Automation

EtherCAT Plays a Role in Multiple Industries

Why more than 7,000 companies rely on an Ethernet-based industrial networking protocol without IP addresses and switches.
With TwinCAT Cogging Compensation, AL8000 linear motors benefit from modern machine learning methods.

Linear Motion with Machine Learning

Aug. 25, 2023
Using Beckhoff’s TwinCAT Cogging Compensation software, AL8000 linear motors can increase machine synchronization and decrease lag rate without hardware changes.
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Technology Highlights from Automate 2023

July 3, 2023
From advances in core automation technologies to the cutting edge, the Automate 2023 event in Detroit did a great job showcasing the variety of technologies available to manufacturers...
Beckhoff's Jeff Jonhson demonstrated the capabilities of the company's eXtended Transport System with no-cable technology to synchronize system-wide events with microsecond precision so that a specific event can be triggered at an exact position.

Beckhoff Demonstrates XTS NCT’s Power and Data Additions

June 23, 2023
By providing contactless power supply and synchronous real-time data communication directly to the XTS movers, the system can evolve from a transport system into a flexible, multi...
Beckhoff's Daymon Thompson at Automate 2023.

Beckhoff Previews LLM AI Integration in TwinCAT

June 7, 2023
An early preview of Beckhoff’s forthcoming TwinCAT Chat Client, which leverages the power of LLMs like ChatGPT, shows how the artificial intelligence technology can be used to...
The UniMover O 600 is ideal for healthcare and industrial facilities. (© Studio033, 2023)

Case Study: Oceaneering Mobile Robotics’ Maneuverable Material Handling Robots

May 24, 2023
Designed for use in light industrial and medical facilities, the UniMover O 600 from Oceaneering Mobile Robotics relies on Beckhoff automation technologies for compactness, ease...

Videos & Resources

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Industrial Cameras and Lighting from Beckhoff

Sept. 21, 2023
Expanding on its TwinCAT Vision software capabilities, Beckhoff Automation has added industrial cameras, lenses and lighting to bring image processing directly into the machine...
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Preview of Beckhoff's TwinCAT Chat

June 7, 2023
An example of how to use AI technology, such as ChatGPT, to deliver step-by-step instructions on how to program a conveyor system.
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PACK EXPO 2022 Automation Trends

Nov. 4, 2022
Exhibits by Beckhoff, Schneider Electric, Stratus Technologies, and Festo highlight growing trends around automation use in the CPG industries.
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Beckhoff Demonstrates Machine Analytics

Oct. 4, 2022
Using a CNC milling machine to showcase the functions of its analytics software, Beckhoff explained the software’s use for applications ranging from predictive maintenance to ...
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Explosive Robot Growth Expected, New DIY Robot Tech Emerges

Aug. 12, 2022
Beckhoff introduces a new modular, customizable robot technology amid dramatic increases in robot use to address workforce, quality, and throughput issues
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Why OEE Still Matters

June 10, 2022
Though some say OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) is outdated, its use to continuously improve production operations across industry prove the value provided by this key metric...
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Beckhoff Showcases Compact Motion Control for Mobile Applications

May 4, 2022
At Modex 2022, Beckhoff highlighted several motion control products for applications such as automated storage and retrieval systems, autonomous mobile robots, and automated guided...
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Robot Predictions for 2022

April 22, 2022
Activity in the automotive industry, e-commerce, and other sectors will shape the growth of robotics technologies in the coming year.
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What is High-Performance HMI?

March 18, 2022
Understand the differences between high-performance HMI and video game-like HMI options and how they can affect operator performance.
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PEI 2022

Beckhoff Showcases XPlanar Updates

Oct. 13, 2021
At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2021, Beckhoff highlighted is XPlanar materials handling system that uses levitating movers to transport materials for packaging, assembly or transfer.


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Packaging Industry Manager

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The Eclipse machine can make two different automotive transmission pumps simultaneously. Source: Beckhoff Automation

Mechatronic Material Handling for Complex Automotive Assembly

Eclipse Automation deploys Beckhoff Automation’s eXtended Transport System to deliver micron-level accuracy for multiple automotive part assemblies on one machine.
Bösendorfer grand pianos are still varnished by hand, requiring a great deal of skill and experience.

Bösendorfer Applies PC-based Control

March 29, 2023
To reduce the amount of energy required to varnish its grand pianos, Bösendorfer opts for a modern varnishing plant from Austrian manufacturer Berkmann using Beckhoff’s PC-based...
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Is Time Sensitive Networking the Key to IT/OT Convergence?

As a vendor-independent standard that allows on Ethernet, TSN is poised to converge IT and operations networks. But some challenges remain in terms of cost, complexity, and need...
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Beckhoff Updates XTS with No-Cable Technology

Oct. 26, 2022
At PACK EXPO International, Beckhoff exhibits its XTS linear transport system with no-cable technology for contactless, continuous power supply, and synchronous real-time data...
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The Intelligent Warehouse

Oct. 6, 2022
Autonomous mobile robots, storage and retrieval systems, and scheduling tools get an artificial intelligence boost to improve material movement efficiencies and keep workers safe...
Modules and components of Beckhoff’s ATRO system.

Beckhoff Introduces the ATRO Modular Robot

July 19, 2022
This forthcoming modular, customizable, do-it-yourself robot technology adds new dimensions to how end users, system integrators, and OEMs will think about robotic automation....
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OEE as a Tool for Continuous Improvement

Four real-world application stories show why OEE remains a bedrock manufacturing metric for real-time data collection to enhance companies’ ability to take corrective actions ...
Fieldbus organizations like the EtherCAT Technology Group acknowledge the value of OPC UA and see it as a complementary standard in industrial control networking. Courtesy: EtherCAT Technology Group

How OPC UA Creates Interoperability and Gives Data Context

May 17, 2022
This second installment in a four-part series on key industrial network technologies explains why OPC UA continues to be recognized as the global interoperability method of choice...
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Why High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturers are Adopting Flexible Automation

May 12, 2022
Growing demands for customization, increasing numbers of SKUs, and ongoing labor issues are leading HMLV manufacturers to adopt more easily configurable automation hardware and...