Beckhoff Automation Articles
Manufacturing with a smaller footprint
Since the time of Henry Ford, the consensus among manufacturers has been that bigger is better. Economies of scale would provide increasing profits, and this necessitated ever larger manufacturing facilities.
EtherCAT terminal centre stage at Sensor + Test 2022
Beckhoff featured a trio of products at Sensor + Test 2022 in Nuremberg (May 10-12) including the EL5072 EtherCAT terminal.
Powering the renewable revolution
Energy grids are under more demand than ever. As countries transition to renewable sources of power, these technologies bring their own challenges to the task of powering the nation. With many countries stepping up their commitment to green energy, it’s vital that the energy grid is properly equipped to handle the changes. Here, Stephen Hayes, Managing Director of Beckhoff UK, explores the importance of increasing the energy grid respo...
More than bluster: controlling wind power generation
Humans have harnessed the power of the wind throughout history. From windmills and their use in food production to sailing ships that date back thousands of years, people have understood the resource that is the unseen force of the wind. And now the Earth faces the threat of climate change and the challenge to reduce global carbon emissions, once again we turn to the wind as a source of energy to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Here, Beth Ra...
Automated quality control in pharmaceutical manufacturing
As the pharmaceutical sector is ramping up production of vaccines against COVID-19, it faces enormous manufacturing and logistics challenges. Quality assurance is a key part of the pharmaceutical manufacturing process, ensuring that products conform to requirements and are not defective. Here, Stephen Hayes, Managing Director of Beckhoff UK, an automation and motion technology specialist, has explained how new technologies integrate automate...
Beckhoff to digitally unveil latest automation tech
Between September 14th and 18th, Beckhoff Automation will run Automation Update, a series of five online conferences about the current developments and trends in automation technology. The events will provide insight to the latest solutions to industrial challenges and highlight the newest automation technology from Beckhoff. Registration for the event is open here.
Beckhoff virtual visits webinars keep industry connected
To support industry in remaining connected and productive during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, automation technology specialist Beckhoff Automation UK is running a series of ‘virtual visits’ webinars.
Beckhoff offers support to COVID-19 frontline businesses
Automation technology specialist Beckhoff Automation UK is lending its support to the battle against COVID-19 by prioritising deliveries to customers involved with fighting the spread of the disease.
F1 Racing: I/O at 200 miles per hour
It’s not controversial to suppose that Formula One (F1) is a sport of extremes. The drivers are the best, the cars are the fastest and the races the most intense. Another aspect that pushes boundaries is the data collection, handling and manipulation infrastructure that enables car condition monitoring, race timing and much more.
Are robots really going to steal our jobs?
It’s a brave new world. Industrial automation and robotics are wiping out jobs across the board, swathes of people are roaming the streets unemployed and food is being rationed by an artificial intelligence, which decides how much to give them based on its perceived view of their value to society. Or at least that’s what popular culture and national news media would have us believe. By Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff Aut...
Motor modules enhance production line flexibility
Beckhoff has added modules to its eXtended Transport System (XTS), increasing flexibility. The straight and curved motor modules (180°) are supplemented by variants with a radius of 22.5°, making new track geometries possible, such as full circles, inside or outside curves, or squares with rounded corners. The range of applications can now be further extended, for example, by a flexible rotary indexing table and individual track layouts.
I/O plug-in modules save distribution board space
Beckhoff has announced its EJ series of EtherCAT plug-in modules, offering proven I/O technology coupled with the necessary process reliability in an ultra-compact form factor. The EtherCAT plug-in modules are electronically based on the well-known EtherCAT I/O system and their design allows them to be directly attached to a circuit board.