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EtherCAT Plug-in I/O Modules integrate compact drive technology.

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EtherCAT Plug-in I/O Modules integrate compact drive technology.

May 10, 2016 - Suited for medium- and high-volume machine and equipment production applications, EJ-series insert directly into signal distribution board that transmits signals and power to individual connectors. Stepper motor module EJ7047 features 2 inputs for limit switches, and EJ7211-0010 servomotor module integrates One Cable Technology (OCT) combining motor cable and absolute feedback system. Also available, 2-channel DC motor output stage EJ7342 allows direct operation of 2 DC motors.

Beckhoff Automation, LLC - Savage, MN

Original Press Release

Beckhoff Introduces New EtherCAT Plug-in I/O Modules with Compact Drive Technology

Press release date: May 05, 2016

Efficient I/O and motion solutions for medium- and high-volume machine and equipment production

SAVAGE, Minnesota – EJ-series EtherCAT plug-in I/O modules provide an efficient wiring solution for machines built in large and medium-sized production runs. With new EJ7xxx motion modules, space-saving compact drive technology from Beckhoff is seamlessly integrated into a plug-in module concept, enabling extremely compact I/O and motion solutions that perfectly match customer requirements. These include modules for servo, stepper and DC motor types.

EJ-series plug-in modules from Beckhoff make it easy to implement a platform concept for large-volume production runs without sacrificing customization capabilities. The modules, with electronics based on the popular EtherCAT I/O system, are directly inserted into an application-specific signal distribution board that transmits signals and power to the individual connectors. Connections via pre-configured cable harnesses replace the expensive installation of individual wires, reducing per-unit costs and minimizing the risk of faulty wiring because the EJ components are clearly coded.

Compact drive technology in a new format
Already available in a Bus Terminal I/O form factor for years, compact drive technology is now also available from Beckhoff as a plug-in I/O module concept. In combination with a broad portfolio of Beckhoff motors and planetary gear units, three new EJ7xxx EtherCAT plug-in modules now enable especially compact and cost-effective drive solutions.

The EJ7047 stepper motor module was designed for applications in the medium performance range. The device features two inputs for limit switches; the second input can alternatively be configured by the user as an output. This makes it possible to install a holding brake, for example. In conjunction with stepper motors from the Beckhoff AS10xx series, the user can optionally implement vector control, delivering enhanced motion dynamics and reduced power consumption.

The EJ7211-0010 servomotor module features high performance in an exceptionally compact design. This is, in large part, enabled by the integrated One Cable Technology (OCT), which combines the motor cable and an absolute feedback system into a single cable. The EtherCAT plug-in module seamlessly integrates with motors from the Beckhoff AM8100 series, offering output current up to 4.5 ARMS. Since the system reads the identification plate of the AM81xx motors electronically, wiring and commissioning efforts are minimized. The fast control technology, based on a field-oriented current and PI speed control system, is suitable for demanding, highly dynamic positioning tasks.

The EJ7342 2-channel DC motor output stage is designed for direct operation of two DC motors, and offers galvanic isolation from the E-bus. Speed and position are set by the automation device via a 16-bit value, so a simple servo axis can be implemented by connecting an incremental encoder.

For highly dynamic applications and when feeding multiple axes via a single power supply, integration of the EJ9576 brake chopper module is recommended. This protects the system against damage from overvoltage by absorbing part of the energy. If the voltage exceeds the terminal's capacity, it discharges excess energy via a separate external resistor.

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EtherCAT I/O plug-in modules

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 “EJ7xxx EtherCAT plug-in modules for motion applications” 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
Twitter: @BeckhoffUSA