The EtherCAT Terminal system from Beckhoff, also known as Beckhoff Automation , offers a comprehensive I/O construction kit for a wide range of applications.
The EL6224 IO-Link terminal was added in order to make the system compatible with the new standard for the lower field level. The IO-Link integration hardware is compact: Up to four IO-Link devices can be connected in a standard terminal housing with a width of 12mm.
A point-to-point connection is used between the terminal and the device and so the existing wiring topologies are maintained.
The terminal is parameterised through the master, for example through TwinCAT. Any number of EL6224 devices can be used in an EtherCAT station.
Connections to EtherCAT or other fieldbuses are established through EtherCAT Couplers or Embedded PCs from the CX series.
The high performance of EtherCAT offers a suitable basis for connecting a large number of IO-Link devices. Additional 24 V and 0 V connection points can be realised through the EL918x potential distribution terminal.
Transfer rates of 4.8 kbaud, 38.4 kbaud and 230 kbaud are possible with a cable length of up to 15 m. Power is supplied through the internal terminal bus (E-bus) and the power contacts.
The high-performance EtherCAT Terminal system is a modular I/O system consisting of electronic terminal blocks.
EtherCAT Terminals are available for all common digital and analog signal types encountered in the world of automation. Fieldbus devices, e.g. for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, CANopen, DeviceNet, Interbus or Lightbus can be integrated through local fieldbus master/slave terminals.