Beckhoff Automation Fieldbus Cards and Switches with Intelligent Interface Generation

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PCI Fieldbus Cards
Beckhoff completes its offer of fieldbus components with the PCI-based PC Fieldbus Cards for Lightbus, PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet, SERCOS interface, Ethernet as well as the PCI Express v1.1 cards for PROFIBUS, CANopen and Ethernet.

The cards have been particularly developed for fast controls and for real-time tasks such as drive position control and can therefore be applied to a wide range of applications.

To enable universal application, the interface cards are fitted with either one or two fieldbus channels. The Ethernet cards offer a maximum of four channels. The fieldbus cards can optionally be equipped with non-volatile memory (NOVRAM), this way enabling the fail-safe storage of data.

The power of the PC Fieldbus Cards can be most easily seen in combination with the TwinCAT software PLC and NC. But other applications also benefit from the intelligent PCI cards that handle the fieldbus protocol efficiently on their own processors.

The process image is available in the DPRAM interface to the PC. Drivers for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista or Windows 7 and convenient configuration tools are included in the TwinCAT I/O software package.

All cards are characterised by concentrated fieldbus know-how in the form of the following features:
  • Fast data exchange through short cycle times (e.g. EtherCAT: to 50 µs)
  • Process data communication is either free running, synchronised, synchronised with delay or equidistant 
  • Powerful parameter and diagnostics interfaces
  • Freely configurable bus management for every device 
Mini PCI Fieldbus Cards
New Mini PCI cards for PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet, SERCOS interface and Ethernet enhance the Beckhoff PC Fieldbus Card range. Like the standard PCI cards from Beckhoff, the interfaces are optimised for fast controllers with small construction volume and real-time tasks.

The new generation of Beckhoff Industrial PCs, including the C69xx control cabinet PCs as well as the CP62xx Panel PCs and CP66xx Control Panels, are extremely compact. With each device featuring two Ethernet ports, they represent high-performance Industrial PCs for Ethernet- and EtherCAT-based control applications.

The IPCs can optionally be extended with Mini PCI cards or with fieldbus technology. The bus interface is not implemented on the fieldbus card but separately in the respective housing (device-specific). BECKHOFF Automation information and contact details


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