Beckhoff Automation Wins Three Control Engineering, Engineers' Choice Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, May 3, 2007- As an indication of wider acceptance of PC-based controls and New Automation Technology, Beckhoff Automation has won three prestigious Engineers' Choice awards from the readers of Control Engineering magazine.

Revealed in April, 2007, the winning Beckhoff products were the C69xx series of Industrial PCs, the CX1020 Embedded PC and the BK9105 EtherNet/IP Bus Coupler.

With these three wins, Beckhoff Automation won more product awards than any other company in the competition for industrial products released in 2006. Two companies had two product award wins each and 33 other companies had one winning product. Over 700 Control Engineering magazine readers voted online in several different product categories to decide which industrial products were "the most exceptional or noteworthy based on technological advancement (innovation), service to the industry (usefulness), and/or market impact (I would buy it tomorrow if I could)."

"I am equally honored and excited that Control Engineering readers recognized so many Beckhoff Automation products as innovative and significant to their industry," said Graham Harris, President, Beckhoff Automation. "Beckhoff has always pushed the envelope of new technologies to provide the most advanced and useful automation solutions at a fair price. These awards will help add even more fuel to the fire of Beckhoff's continued research and product development - we won't just say our thanks to the industry, we'll show it."

About the winning products
Measuring just 2.6-in. W x 9.1-in. H x 4.6-in. deep, the C69xx Industrial PCs are impressively powered with [up to] a 1.8 GHz Intel® Pentium® M processor. They feature a user-friendly design with all connections and serviceable parts easily accessible from the front panel of the compact device. They are also built to be extremely rugged with housings constructed out of thick aluminum plating.

The CX1020 is a DIN rail mountable Embedded PC with integrated two-line display that features a direct connection to distributed I/O and is EtherCAT-ready for next generation Industrial Ethernet implementation. Equipped to be a dynamic, high-powered controller, the CX1020 features a 1 GHz Intel® Celeron® M ULV processor.

The ODVA-certified BK9105 is a distributed I/O Bus Coupler for the EtherNet/IP fieldbus. Developed using the most advanced industrial Ethernet technology, but listing at only $318, it provides users with a dramatic price-to-performance ratio. The BK9105 is equipped with 12 LEDs for diagnostic information, without requiring additional tools, including: simple voltage displays, Ethernet port status and a wide range of information regarding established connections and EtherNet/IP communication status.

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Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven technologies so that customers can implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff's "New Automation Technology" product range includes PC based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interface, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved to provide faster response and improved communications.

Please send readers' questions regarding "Beckhoff Automation Engineers' Choice Awards" to:
Beckhoff Automation LLC
12150 Nicollet Ave. S
Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: 952-890-0000
Fax: 952-890-2888

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