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Beckhoff Automation Articles
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.