Subscribe and listen to AW’s podcast!
Subscribe and listen to the Automation World Gets Your Questions Answered podcast!
Listen Here

Beckhoff to Showcase Numerous Innovations at Hannover Fair 2012

At Hannover Fair 2012, Beckhoff Automation will present the latest advanced IPC, I/O, Automation and Motion solutions in a massive booth measuring around 1,000 m².

Aw 8638 Pr042012 Beckhoff

In addition to numerous innovations on display from April 23 - 27, the Beckhoff focus will be on efficiency improvements, including increased production efficiency through high-performance PC-based control technology, efficiency improvements in engineering and increased energy efficiency in drive technology through new, innovative servomotors.

A key purpos of modern automation technology is to improve the efficiency of production processes: In view of increasingly scarce resources it is, of course, imperative to use raw materials and energy more efficiently. The challenge is to control machines intelligently in order to increase machine output so that more products can be produced with less raw material. PC-based control from Beckhoff provides the automation technology prerequisites for achieving this. Integrated system Condition Monitoring can also help ensure processes run closer to their limits and, therefore, more efficiently.

With continually growing processor power, PC-based control offers adequate capacity reserves for local machine intelligence for running additional control tasks such as high-precision measurement technology or robotics on a centralized CPU.

Performance boost with multi-core technology
High-performance Industrial PCs (IPCs) with multi-core processors and efficient utilization of the processor cores in software will be key Beckhoff highlights at Hannover Fair 2012. The PC-based control technology from Beckhoff has been enhanced with the new Intel® processors in the 32 nm range: Intel® Core™ i3, Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 from the second generation. The processors are equipped with improved on-board graphics and a new CPU architecture that offers optimum computing power.

With the upcoming Beckhoff CX2000 Embedded PC, multi-core technology has also entered the world of compact DIN rail controllers, covering capacity ranges that were previously limited to cabinet-mounted IPCs. The Embedded PCs with up to four cores are suitable for versatile PLC, NC and CNC applications. The upcoming CX9020 will complement the new generation of Embedded PCs as a PC controller for the medium performance class. The compact device is equipped with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex™ A8 processor and is also suitable for motion control applications.

Engineering advantage through TwinCAT 3
On the software side, TwinCAT 3 enables optimum utilization of modern PC architectures. Multi-core support through TwinCAT 3 enables the performance of the cores to be utilized fully. This has significant benefits, since the machine program can be simply allocated to different cores. TwinCAT multi-core support enables performance increases in line with the number of CPU cores.

In addition to active multi-core support, TwinCAT offers significant potential for saving engineering costs and for developing control tasks more efficiently with the optimum programming language for the task in hand. TwinCAT integrates all key programming languages in its development environment: IEC 61131-3 and CFC, including object-oriented extensions, the high-level languages C/C++ and Matlab®/Simulink® for scientific applications.

Multi-touch panels offer maximum flexibility
Further innovations that Beckhoff will present in Hannover include the upcoming CP2xxx and CP3xxx Control Panel and Panel PC series. The panels feature advanced multi-touch displays and advanced, elegant device designs. Ideal for electrical cabinet or mounting arm installation, the aluminum and stainless steel panels are extremely robust and are designed for use in harsh industrial conditions. Widescreen panels in various sizes and resolutions are available in addition to the classic display sizes in 4:3 format. For single-touch users, the new panel generation also offers a number of benefits, including savings of up to 28% compared with existing devices.

AM8000 servomotor integrates the feedback system into the standard motor cable
With the new AM8000 series Beckhoff will present dynamic servomotors that were developed in-house and manufactured in Germany. In addition to high availability and flexibility, this also guarantees consistently high quality. The primary highlight is the new single-cable technology from Beckhoff, with which the power and feedback system are combined in one standard motor cable. The rotary synchronous servomotors are also characterized by high dynamics, energy efficiency and low costs. Sophisticated rotor and stator technologies represent the technological basis for the new AM8000 servomotors. Through the optimized motor design and the use of high-quality materials, it is possible to increase the energy efficiency by more than 10% compared to conventional servomotors.

Beckhoff main booth:
- Hall 9, Booth F06

Beckhoff at partner booths:
- EtherCAT Technology Group: Hall 9, Booth D18
- PLCopen: Hall 9, Booth A27
- PROFIBUS user organization: Hall 9, Booth D05/2
- OPC Foundation: Hall 9, Booth A15
- OWL Maschinenbau: Hall 16

For more information:
Beckhoff at Hannover Fair 2012

Beckhoff Automation - www.beckhoffautomation.com

Test Your Machine Learning Smarts
Take Automation World's machine learning quiz to prove your knowledge!
Take Quiz
Test Your Machine Learning Smarts
Discover New Content
Access Automation World's free educational content library!
Unlock Learning Here
Discover New Content