After implementing EtherNet/IP in the IP 20 I/O world with the BK9105 Bus Coupler, Beckhoff Automation now also offers a solution for more severe operating conditions: with the extension of the Fieldbus Box family through the IL230x-B905 modules, EtherNet/IP users can now benefit from the IP 67 product ranges available.
The robust fieldbus modules are equipped with Ø8, M8 or M12 signal connections.
The open I/O system from Beckhoff Automation with protection class IP 67 supports twelve different fieldbus systems including four Industrial Ethernet variants: Ethernet TCP/IP, EtherCAT, PROFINET, and now also EtherNet/IP. EtherNet/IP is a globally accepted industrial communication network based on the common transport protocols TCP/IP and UDP/IP (standard).
A standardised d-coded M12 socket is used for the connection between EtherNet/IP and the Fieldbus Box, forming a secure connection system that has been tried and tested in industry.
Confusion of the connectors or cables with sensor or other fieldbus connections is avoided through coding. Up to 120 extension box modules can be connected via the integrated IP-Link connection.
In addition to digital input, output and combined boxes, analogue and special signals are also available. The fully sealed and rugged box can be installed in almost any environment without additional control cabinets.