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Publication Date: 02/1/2010
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Beckhoff Releases Flexible EtherCAT Box
Minneapolis, MN — Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new EP2338 EtherCAT® Box — a rugged, enhanced IP 67 I/O system with a dynamic 8-channel digital variant.

The 8 channels on the new box can be used either as inputs or outputs, which permits extremely flexible use of this compact and durable unit. This way, engineering efforts and spare parts inventory can be simplified significantly, since the inputs and outputs can be connected exactly as needed when the machine is wired.

The moisture- and dust-resistant box has eight freely selectable digital inputs or outputs in one flexible device. The filter constant of the inputs is 10µs. The outputs handle load currents of up to 0.5A, are short-circuit-proof and protected against inverse polarity. If a channel is used as an output, the input is read back in parallel and can additionally be used for short-circuit analysis. Pre-assembled cables simplify EtherCAT and signal wiring, while helping prevent wiring faults so that commissioning time is optimized. In addition to pre-assembled EtherCAT, power and sensor cables, field-configurable connectors and cables are available from the company for maximum flexibility. The signals are connected optionally via M8 (EP2338-0001) or M12 (EP2338-0002) screw-type connectors.

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

See at Pacific Design/MDM West Booth #4321.

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