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Publication Date: 09/1/2012
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New EtherCAT Coupler from Beckhoff
EtherCAT terminal box.
Burnsville, MN — Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new EK18xx EtherCAT Coupler series, designed to reduce the costs and cabinet space requirements of Industrial Ethernet I/O systems. In addition to a connection for high performance EtherCAT I/O terminals, the EK18xx series integrates EtherCAT digital I/Os into its standard coupler housing. This results in an exceptionally compact solution with dimensions of just 44 x 100 x 68mm that is especially suitable for applications that only require a small number of I/Os.
This innovative I/O coupler integrates an HD (High Density) Terminal, which offers an impressive 16 I/O connection points in a compact format. Four of these channels are reserved for the supply voltage; however, the remaining, up to 12 channels are available for digital I/Os that previously would have required the purchase of a separate I/O terminal. The 12 available channels on the EK18xx series can be configured in different I/O combinations to suit the respective application.
The EK18xx coupler series combines the functionalities of the popular EK1100 EtherCAT Coupler with standard digital EtherCAT I/Os in one compact housing. Like the existing EK1100 coupler, the new EK18xx couplers can be extended into a full industrial Ethernet I/O system using all EtherCAT Terminals available from Beckhoff Automation.
Contact: Beckhoff Automation LLC, 12150 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, MN 55337
952-890-0000 fax: 952-890-2888 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:
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