Fiber-Optic I/O Products extent networking distances.

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Featuring glass fiber technology, EK1501 EtherCAT® Coupler and EK1521 junction terminal makes long-distance networking up to 1.24 miles possible (100BASE-FX). Fiber-optic coupler (EK1501) connects EtherCAT to any number of EtherCAT I/O Terminals, and additional fiber-optic module can be optionally connected via second port. Featuring fiber-optic interface, EtherCAT Terminal enables conversion of EtherCAT protocol to multimode glass fiber technology within terminal line.



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Beckhoff Automation Releases Fiber-Optic EtherCAT® I/O Products



EtherCAT® Coupler and junction terminal feature glass fiber technology for greatly expanded networking distances

MINNEAPOLIS, September 11, 2008 - In order to provide optimum wiring flexibility for Industrial Ethernet applications, Beckhoff Automation has released two new EtherCAT® modules for fiber-optic cabling - the EK1501 EtherCAT Coupler and EK1521 junction terminal. With the new fiber-optic EtherCAT modules, extremely long distance networking up to 2 km (1.24 miles) is now possible (100BASE-FX).

The EtherCAT I/O Terminal system from Beckhoff supports all common wiring topology methodologies: line, ring, tree and star. This flexibility is further enhanced with the ability to select different cable types. Using the EK1501 EtherCAT Coupler and the EK1521 junction terminal, more flexible EtherCAT topologies are now possible through the use of glass fiber technology. Using standard Ethernet cabling (100BASE-TX), the maximum distance between two EtherCAT I/O stations is 100 m (328 feet).

The EK1501 fiber-optic coupler connects EtherCAT to any number of EtherCAT I/O Terminals. The wiring connection is made via SC duplex sockets. An additional fiber- optic module can be optionally connected via a second port; an additional switch is not required.

The EK1501 EtherCAT Terminal with fiber-optic interface enables conversion of the EtherCAT protocol to multimode glass fiber technology within a terminal line. The combination of line and branches or stubs is particularly useful for flexible system wiring. The EtherCAT fiber-optic modules are ideal for widely distributed systems, such as wind farms or high tension systems. Even cable redundant systems with fiber-optic can be realized using the EtherCAT branch.

EtherCAT® is a registered trademark of Beckhoff Automation.

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 EK1501 EtherCAT® Coupler and EK1521 junction terminal" 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
www.beckhoffautomation.com

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