Control Engineering June 2014-CE : Page-75

ADVER TISEMENT Beckhoff Automation This gives programmers far more tools than they’ve had in the past to add intellectual property value and imple-ment industry-leading automation and control concepts. Feature-Laden Solutions Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced, open automation products based upon proven industrial technologies. 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 cost-efficient solutions, Beckhoff is well-positioned today to support them. Beckhoff is also continuing the implementation of next generation industrial innovations, including forward-looking concepts for machine builders and manufacturers that promote Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Beckhoff’s product range includes PC-based control, Industrial PCs, Embedded PCs, operator interfaces with optional multi-touch technology, 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. The increasing range of available tools from automation technology (AT) and computer science/IT is referred to as eXtended Automation Graham Harris, President Technology (XAT). Beckhoff Automation While supporting all IEC 61131 programming languages and providing active support of multi-core Industrial PC systems, Beckhoff advances leading edge automation solutions that deliver high performance at a low cost. This includes Scientific Automation, which merges automation, PLC, motion control, safety and robot-ics with advanced condition monitoring and precise measurement technologies. This all can be handled on one powerful, PC-based automation controller and cost-effective EtherCAT Terminals, eliminating the need for many expensive and highly specialized “black boxes.” Problem-Solving Technologies The Beckhoff Automation North American headquar-ters is located in Savage, Minn. (Minneapolis area). At this location, administration, product and engineering management, warehousing and training occurs. There are also regional sales and support facilities located in the Chicago area; San Diego; Charlotte, NC; the Seattle area; and Mississauga, Ontario. Beckhoff’s global head-quarters, which includes product design and assembly facilities, is located in Verl, Germany. Between direct owned subsidiaries and worldwide cooperation with partners, Beckhoff is well-represented in 60+ countries. Worldwide Presence | 1-877-TwinCAT | input #43 at

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