High-precision measurement technology reduces the use of raw materials and energy in machines and plants while forming the basis for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. With the new EtherCAT measurement technology modules, high-end measuring devices and traditional automation technology can be combined into one universal system. For this purpose, Beckhoff offers the winning combination of a comprehensive I/O system that supports all common sensor types, and TwinCAT as a central software platform for engineering and control. The robust metal enclosures of the new measurement modules feature a flexible connector front-end for all standard measurement technology interfaces, and permit straight-forward integration into all typical measurement technology environments. The new generation of measurement technology hardware ensures extremely high-quality measurement data, owing to the full utilisation of EtherCAT features, among other reasons:
The new high-end measurement technology series complements the existing range of measurement terminals. At product launch, the offering includes 11 modules with different interfaces and input circuitry. These can cover, for example, voltage measurement of 20 mV…30 V, current measurement of ±20 mA, IEPE, thermocouples, RTD (PT100/1000), or strain gauge/load cells with full, half or quarter bridge with internal extension or potentiometer. The measuring ranges of the input channels can be flexibly parameterised, both electrically and on the software side. Additional properties include integrated distributed clocks as well as the "ExtendedRange" feature, which provides users with the full technical measuring range, that is, up to 107 percent of the specified nominal measuring range can be achieved, depending on the measuring range in question. The EtherCAT measurement technology modules are optionally available with a factory calibration certificate.