In order to greatly improve performance of I/O systems installed in wet, dusty, and otherwise harsh locations, this company has introduced the new EP1258 EtherCAT Box. With this I/O device, the firm’s eXtreme Fast Control technology (XFC) is now available in a rugged and compact IP 67 housing for installation outside of control cabinets.
There are many applications for the EtherCAT Box with time stamp — including packaging machinery, assembly and handling machines, as well as conveying equipment. The compact IP 67 design allows installation directly on machines without an extra control cabinet, providing considerable space savings and cost reductions.
The EP1258 XFC box detects digital input signals with a very precise resolution of 1 ns directly on the machine. This allows reaction times to be shortened — independent of the control cycle — and very fast events to be detected and processed further without special hardware.
Beckhoff Automation LLC
12150 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, MN 55337