The new EP6002 EtherCAT Box Module from BECKHOFF Automation allows the direct integration of external devices with a serial interface, such as barcode or RFID readers, in the field without the use of a control cabinet.
Using selectable RS232 or RS422/RS485 interfaces, the compact IP67 EtherCAT Box Module with two channels offers high flexibility for the integration of serial devices into an EtherCAT network.
Measuring just 126mm in height, 30mm in width, and 26.5mm in depth, the EtherCAT Box Module is ideal for applications in confined spaces.
These box modules transit data in a fully transparent way to the higher level EtherCAT controller, and the active serial communication channels operate in full duplex mode at up to 115,200 baud. The 864-byte receive buffer and a 128-byte transmit buffer are available for the temporary storage of the data in the EtherCAT Box.
Serial devices are connected to the EP6002 via rugged M12 plug connectors, and with the “TwinCAT Virtual Serial COM Driver” software, the EP6002 EtherCAT Box can also be used without a controller as a COM interface in Windows operating systems.