Power Distributor Box
By Design Engineering StaffGeneral Beckhoff Automation Canada electrical EtherCAT
Beckhoff EP9214 EtherCAT Box provides overload protection and diagnostics for up to four circuits.
Beckhoff Automation introduced its EP9214 power distributor box that provides the ability to supply up to four NEC class-2 circuits via typical M8 plug connectors. The I/O solution also provides complete diagnostics and control functionality for up to eight 24 V DC branch circuits (Us & Up power) per power box. The EP9214 power box is equipped with 7/8-inch plug connectors and maintains a total current of 16 A for each control and peripheral voltage with cable cross-sections of 1.5 and 2.5 mm2 (roughly #14AWG). The power box can be fully controlled via the EtherCAT network and the current diagnostics can be carried out conveniently via the controller. The eight 24 V DC voltage circuits can also be separately switched on or off directly via EtherCAT to increase the energy efficiency of the plant.