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Publication Date: 10/1/2009
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Beckhoff Intros XFC EtherCAT Box
EtherCAT box for harsh environments.
Minneapolis, MN — Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new EP1258 EtherCAT® Box. With this I/O device, the company's eXtreme Fast Control® technology (XFC) is now available in a rugged and compact IP 67 housing for installation outside of control cabinets to dramatically improve performance of I/O systems installed in wet, dusty and otherwise harsh locations,

There is a wide range of possible application areas 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 highly precise resolution of 1 nanosecond (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 requiring special hardware. This can lead to improved quality and increased productivity of machines.

Extremely fast and very precise, the company's XFC technology makes best-in-class control architectures possible. As an EtherCAT slave, the EP1258 XFC box can be integrated directly in 100BASE-TX EtherCAT networks. It has 8 digital inputs, of which 2 are designed for applications with a time stamp. The IP 67 module is optionally available with M8 or M12 screw-type sensor connections. Measuring just 126 x 30 x 26.5mm the unit retains EtherCAT's high performance of 100Mbit/s down to each IP 67 box.

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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