Design Engineering

EtherCAT Box

By DE Staff   

Motion Control Machine Building

Beckhoff EP7402 conveyor controller reduces cabling requirements and equipment footprint.

Beckhoff Automation released its EP7402 EtherCAT Box to enhance control and cabling efficiency for motor-driven roller (MDR) conveyor systems. The controller is a two-channel motor output stage for BLDC motors and features zero-pressure accumulation (ZPA) logic in its firmware, programming in the TwinCAT 3 and EtherCAT communication. Measuring 174mm x 60mm x 36.5mm, IP67 rated controller mounts in standard C-channel or L-brackets and features One Cable Automation (OCA) via two B23 ENP hybrid connectors. It also has multiple M8 sockets to support two MDRs per device and digital I/O for peripheral sensors, vision systems or junctions to EtherCAT Box modules.


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