EtherCAT I/O with Fast Hot Connect
Beckhoff EtherCAT devices speed coupling and decoupling.
Beckhoff Automation has introduced EtherCAT I/O devices with “Fast Hot Connect” capabilities. With the new EK1101-0080 EtherCAT Coupler and the EK1122-0080 EtherCAT junction module, connection time for these kinds of changeovers is reduced to 1 second, the company says.
Using Fast Hot Connect, system components are coupled into and decoupled from the EtherCAT-enabled control system. The TwinCAT automation suite from Beckhoff supports Fast Hot Connect on the master side.
The EtherCAT Terminal system is a modular and high performance Industrial Ethernet I/O system. EtherCAT’s technological features support shorter cycle times, much faster network communication speeds, increased precision in manufacturing and more.