By DE StaffMotion Control Machine Building
Beckhoff ELX6233 Terminal meshes EtherCAT and Ethernet-APL.
Beckhoff unveiled its ELX6233 EtherCAT Terminal that simplifies integration with Ethernet-APL as well as field devices in the hazardous areas of zones 0/20 and 1/21. Ethernet-APL – short for Advanced Physical Layer – allows for cable lengths up 1,000 meters (200 meters in intrinsically safe environments) and speeds of 10 Mbit/s. The ELX6233 connects to sensors according to the SPAA (TS10186) port profile and integrates them into the system via PROFINET. Two APL ports are available for this purpose in the space-saving 24-mm terminal housing. This allows the data from the connected sensors to be transmitted to the controller and to the higher-level process control system (DCS) via ultra-fast EtherCAT communication.