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Beckhoff Adds Ethernet PLC Controllers
Ethernet PLC controllers.
Minneapolis, MN — Beckhoff Automation has added new models to its Ethernet TCP/IP controller family. The BC9000 and BX9000 series Ethernet PLCs for the Bus Terminal I/O system are now complemented with the new BC9120, BC9020 and BC9050 variants. According to the company, these new controllers range in features and price, offering a scalable solution to help balance performance with cost.

The BC controllers include a direct connection to the company's I/O terminals and can be operated as a standalone PLC or as decentralized intelligence in an Ethernet network. All of the company's Ethernet controllers have implemented the Modbus TCP, ADS/TCP, ADS/UDP, BootP, DHCP, SNTP and SMTP protocols.

The new "Compact" BC9050 Bus Terminal Controller extends the Beckhoff Bus Terminal system with a cost-optimized variant in a space-saving housing. As a step up in performance, the new BC9020 and BC9120 models offer more program and data memory than the BC9050. The BC9120 has two Ethernet ports that act as a 2-channel switch. The I/O stations can be configured with a line topology instead of the traditional star topology.

The company has built a strong reputation on PC-based control, but also has a scalable PLC product portfolio with devices that cost-effectively provide powerful control functionality.

In addition to Ethernet TCP/IP, Beckhoff also offers PLCs for several major fieldbus networks including EtherCAT, DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, SERCOS, CANopen, Lightbus and Interbus.

Contact: Beckhoff Automation LLC, 12150 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, MN 55337 952-890-0000 fax: 952-890-2888 E-mail: Web:

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