Product News: Electrical Equipment & Systems

Compact Embedded PC links EtherCAT I/O to EtherNet/IP devices.

Press Release Summary:

Feb 10, 2016 - In addition to use as stand-alone controller, 64 x 100 x 73 mm CX8095 can be used as tie-in to EtherNet/IP systems as single EtherNet/IP slave. Embedded PC behaves like 2 EtherNet/IP devices and thereby process 2X EtherNet/IP process data when optional virtual device (slave interface) is activated. Along with 32-bit, 400 MHz ARM9 CPU, features include 64 MB RAM, MicroSD card (4 GB max), and capacitive 1 sec UPS. Unit, programmed via TwinCAT PLC automation software, runs Windows Embedded CE.

Beckhoff Automation, LLC - Savage, MN

Original Press Release

New CX8095 Embedded PC from Beckhoff Links EtherCAT I/O to EtherNet/IP Devices

Press release date: Feb 03, 2016

Compact Embedded PC promotes interoperability among industrial Ethernet devices and networks

SAVAGE, Minnesota – Combining flexible PC-based control technology with an EtherNet/IP interface, the new CX8095 Embedded PC from Beckhoff Automation is a low cost slave controller with integrated connection to high-performance EtherCAT I/O technology. In fact, the CX8095 is compatible with the entire range of Beckhoff Bus Terminals and EtherCAT Terminals. Hundreds of available K-bus or E-bus I/O terminals from Beckhoff can be used as required. Ideal for daisy-chain cabling, the Embedded PC also acts as a 2-port switch for EtherNet/IP.

The CX8095 is suitable as a stand-alone controller for a wide range of industrial applications in smaller-sized machines or systems and can be used in a distributed fashion as a tie-in to EtherNet/IP systems as a single EtherNet/IP slave. When the optional virtual device (slave interface) is activated, the CX8095 Embedded PC behaves like two EtherNet/IP devices. Accordingly, the CX8095 can process twice the amount of EtherNet/IP process data.

A further benefit of the device comes from its ability to communicate with a second EtherNet/IP controller (scanner) - a simple way to increase system availability. The CX8095 (as a local controller) can verify the two incoming master signals by means of a plausibility check to monitor the function of the cabling, for example. Conversely, failure of one of the masters can be detected and the second master can respond accordingly.

The space-saving CX8095 Embedded PC measures only 64 x 100 x 73 mm. It runs Windows Embedded CE and features a 32 bit, 400 MHz ARM9 CPU, 64 MB RAM and a MicroSD card with up to 4 GB storage capacity. The wide range of Beckhoff IP 20-rated I/O, including Bus Terminals and EtherCAT Terminals, can be connected directly to the CX8095. During start-up, the CX8095 automatically detects which of these I/O systems is connected. Another special feature is a capacitive 1-second UPS that enables persistent data to be saved in the event of a supply voltage failure. The controller is programmed via TwinCAT PLC automation software.

With the addition of the new CX8095, the Beckhoff CX80xx series facilitates connection to a wide range of popular fieldbus and communication systems, including EtherCAT, Ethernet, PROFIBUS, BACnet/IP (for building automation), CANopen and OPC UA.

Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to 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 interfaces, 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. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.

Please send readers' questions regarding “Beckhoff CX8095 Embedded PC” to:
Beckhoff Automation LLC
13130 Dakota Ave.
Savage, MN 55378
Phone: 952-890-0000
Fax: 952-890-2888
e-mail: beckhoff.usa@beckhoff.com
www.beckhoffautomation.com