Bus Coupler is PROFINET-certified.

Press Release Summary:

Able to integrate modular Bus Terminal I/O system as slave in PROFINET network, Model BK9103 Bus Coupler provides PROFINET compatibility with over 200 different Beckhoff I/O terminal types. Integrated 2-port Ethernet switch allows PROFINET I/O nodes to be configured with line topology. Bus Coupler supports PROFINET RT; device is addressed via a DIP switch, eliminating need for memory card for storing address name or additional configuration software.

Original Press Release:

Beckhoff Bus Terminal I/O System Now Supports PROFINET

The new BK9103 Bus Coupler provides PROFINET compatibility with over 200 Beckhoff I/O terminal types

MINNEAPOLIS, October 25, 2007 - The new BK9103 PROFINET Bus Coupler from Beckhoff Automation brings manufacturers and machine builders using PROFINET access to over 200 different Beckhoff I/O terminal types. With the BK9103, Beckhoff has provided comprehensive I/O support for yet another Industrial Ethernet fieldbus, which, in addition to PROFINET, includes EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP and Ethernet TCP/IP.

The BK9103 Bus Coupler integrates the modular Beckhoff Bus Terminal I/O system as a slave in a PROFINET network. The PROFINET-certified BK9103 features an integrated 2-port Ethernet Switch, which provides more flexible topology configuration. For example, Beckhoff PROFINET I/O nodes can be configured with a line topology, instead of the traditional star topology. This reduces the wiring effort in many applications, which can also help lead to a significant reduction in installation costs.

The BK9103 Bus Coupler supports PROFINET RT. It is addressed via a DIP switch, meaning the BK9103 does not require a memory card for storing the address name or additional configuration software.

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 BK9103 PROFINET Bus Coupler" to:

Beckhoff Automation LLC
12150 Nicollet Ave. S
Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: 952-890-0000
Fax: 952-890-2888
e-mail: beckhoff.usa@beckhoff.com


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