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Beckhoff Releases New EtherCAT Box
EtherCAT Box with built-in tilt monitoring.
Savage, MN — The new EP1816-3008 EtherCAT Box from Beckhoff Automation is described as a feature-packed I/O solution with built-in tilt monitoring in longitudinal and transverse directions. This compact, IP 67-rated measuring device has two integrated 3-axis acceleration sensors and 16 digital inputs. The easy-to-install I/O module for harsh environments can be used to implement cost-effective acceleration and angle measurement directly in the field, outside of protective electrical cabinets.

A typical application for the 3-axis acceleration box is vibration and shock/oscillation monitoring of machines, plants and buildings. Vibrations of robot arms can be precisely monitored with no great effort using the acceleration measurements. For wood sawing machines, an EP1816-3008 mounted on the work table enables reliable monitoring of the saw-blade angle adjustment through fast signal acquisition over EtherCAT.

When compared with the conventional combination of sensors and separate data sampling devices, the compact and robust EtherCAT Box solution is more cost-effective and easier to install and integrate. In addition, the signals are available directly in the main control system rather than being managed with standalone measurement solutions. As another key differentiator, the two sensors, which are arranged at 90° angles, make the EP1816-3008 a redundant measuring system, which can be reliably verified by the controller.

The EP1816-3008 EtherCAT Box has two integrated 3-axis, 16-bit acceleration sensors with resolution options of ±2g, ±4g, ±8g and ±16g. The sampling frequency is 1Hz to 5kHz. These MEMS devices are based on forked silicon structures, which have movements or vibrations that result in a capacitive change and a corresponding signal value.


Contact: Beckhoff Automation LLC, 12150 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, MN 55337 952-890-0000 fax: 952-890-2888 E-mail: beckhoff.usa@beckhoff.com Web:
http://www.beckhoffautomation.com

 
 
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