Beckhoff: Meeting end-user expectations

"Beckhoff focuses on technology promotion and ensures end-customer benefits form the new automation technology for profitability of his business," says - Ajey Phatak, Head Marketing, Beckhoff Automation Pvt Ltd

How Beckhoff’s business has scaled in last one year?
Slowing economic growth has also lowered the industrial demand significantly and affected all projects in core industrial sectors. Our business too is not bucking trend and not growing significantly. However, this was expected.

Instead, Beckhoff has been investing in research and development of new technology products for automation of machines, processes and electrical systems, measurement automation, vision- and speech-based integrated automation, IoT, Cloud Engineering, analytics and motion automation. TwinCAT Cloud Engineering provides a foundation for highly efficient IoT automation strategies. Smart engineering directly in the Cloud with TwinCAT Cloud Engineering, users can instantiate and use existing TwinCAT engineering and runtime products directly in the cloud. Quick and easy to access from the Beckhoff website with a web browser and requiring no additional software, the new solution enables registered users to work with the TwinCAT development environment even from previously unsupported devices such as tablet PCs.

Similarly, Engineering 4.0: One-Click Dashboard eliminates an entire work step. TwinCAT Analytics supports this kind of Engineering 4.0 approach with the One-Click Dashboard, a new feature that reduces the once time-consuming process of dashboard creation to nothing more than a simple mouse click. With One-Click Dashboard, all it takes for users to generate an entire HTML5-based analytics dashboard based on the PLC code and to load it into a selected Analytics Runtime container is a simple mouse click. When the process completes, users receive a network address that they can then use to access the dashboard in a web browser. This ability to generate dashboards without the need to write a single line of code or design graphics is a huge time-saver within the engineering process.

Revolutionary technologies are introduced for extreme fast data acquisition and 1GBPS Ethernet communication using industrial computers. Ultra-precise, fast and robust measurement technology modules will become an even more integrated part of PC-based control solutions. The new EtherCAT measurement technology modules can be directly integrated into the modular EtherCAT communication system.

3-phase power measurement terminal with extended functionality. EL3443 | 3-phase power measurement terminal with extended functionality. The RMS values of voltage U and current I as well as the active power P, apparent power S, reactive power Q, frequency f, phase shift angle cos φ and harmonic are available. The EL3443 offers extended functionality for mains analysis and energy management.

Future Roadmap
High-end energy measurement and automation for factories, electrical installations. Highly scalable EtherCAT I/O product range for energy management, energy management in machine operation and in the energy industries create a wide range of demands, starting with basic monitoring of the supply network and process control to high-end power monitoring. In response to these demands, Beckhoff is making an even broader range of EtherCAT Terminals available, which is exceptionally scalable in terms of price and performance.

Together with the proven EL37x3 power monitoring oversampling terminals (and the associated TwinCAT Power Monitoring software library), the EtherCAT Terminals for energy management provide a comprehensive product portfolio that can be optimally adapted to the varied tasks found in a wide range of applications.

The generation of EL34x3 sets different priorities. High-feature version EL3443: three-phase power measurement terminal with comprehensive evaluations; economy version EL3423: basic energy measurement, also in DC networks for IoT and energy management projects, for example; Mains monitoring version EL3483 | threshold value monitoring for voltage, frequency and phase with output of warning and status bits.

Via the distributed power management with the new EL3446 Terminal, real performance values can be determined even if voltage and current measurements are carried out at different locations.

The EL3773 and EL3783 power monitoring terminals are designed to detect the state of a 3-phase AC or DC voltage system.

The new SCT current transformers make it possible to implement reliable power sensor technology in the field which is directly integrated into the PC-based control system.

Compact industrial PCs with high computing power and IT-OT Software as the future. Beckhoff is working towards the future with a roadmap.

Key Differentiators
Beckhoff focuses on technology promotion and ensures end-customer benefits form the new automation technology for profitability of his business. Beckhoff also focuses on long-term availability of products to its buyer and user customers. The technical support, openness, compliances to all international standards are few USPs of Beckhoff.