System Integration & Control Systems Design


PC-based control optimises logistics applications

May 2019 System Integration & Control Systems Design

Open PC and EtherCAT-based control technology is ideally suited for optimising logistics processes and responding to changing market trends. With open interfaces, modularity and scalable performance, it is the perfect fit for intralogistics solutions that are custom-tailored to individual requirements, while delivering technological and economic competitive advantages at the same time. Components for system-integrated connection to the cloud make it easier to implement IoT and Industrie 4.0 concepts in smart warehouses.

Due to its openness, PC-based control technology from Beckhoff fulfils the requirements for end-to-end networking of intralogistics, production and distribution – all key challenges in the sector. PC-based control is based on a comprehensive portfolio of advanced industrial PCs, TwinCAT automation software, EtherCAT as a fast communication system, decentralised I/O components and highly dynamic drive solutions. Integrated, cost-effective and flexible system planning is assured by the performance-driven scalability of the control platform, the flexible support for different fieldbus systems and the same programming and configuration software across all performance classes.

The TwinCAT automation software suite bundles all necessary machine functionalities: from PLC to motion control, robotics, HMI, safety and measurement technology through to integration of vision systems and cloud solutions. Open interfaces allow effortless integration of control functions into existing system and database structures. With support for standardised protocols, such as OPC UA, Beckhoff provides the prerequisites for implementing secure cloud communication in the smart warehouse. Users also benefit from the openness of the control architecture through the unrestricted choice of a cloud solution. All systems concerned – I/O to warehouse management and eCommerce – can be fully connected.

For more information contact Michelle Murphy, Beckhoff Automation, +27 11 795 2898, michellem@beckhoff.com, www.beckhoff.co.za


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