Gateway Software features full EtherNet/IP support.

Press Release Summary:

Via TwinCAT EtherNet/IP Slave, available in Windows XP/CE variants, one standard TwinCAT software package can communicate seamlessly with all EtherNet/IP slave devices and entire Beckhoff Automation catalog. EtherNet/IP is fully integrated into TwinCAT programming environment, allowing for graphical linking of mapped data to PLC tasks. Software acts as intelligent gateway system and supports other major fieldbus networks: DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, SERCOS, and CANopen.

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Beckhoff Automation Adds Comprehensive EtherNet/IP Support to TwinCAT Software

One open software package can communicate with all EtherNet/IP slave devices and entire Beckhoff Automation catalog

MINNEAPOLIS, June 5, 2007 - Bringing EtherNet/IP users the flexibility of open IEC 6 1131-3 compliant software, Beckhoff Automation has announced full EtherNet/IP compatibility with TwinCAT. Via TwinCAT EtherNet/IP Slave (available in Windows XP and CE variants), one standard TwinCAT software package can communicate seamlessly with all devices from Beckhoff, which include Industrial PCs, Embedded PCs and PLCs as well as EtherNet/IP master devices from other vendors.

EtherNet/IP has been fully integrated into the TwinCAT programming environment, allowing for graphical linking of mapped data to PLC tasks. TwinCAT software acts as a low cost, yet intelligent gateway system by using integrated EtherNet/IP communication and PLC functionality. The award-winning Beckhoff BK9105 Bus Coupler provides a feature-laden I/O device to facilitate this communication.

"TwinCAT with EtherNet/IP compatibility gives machine builders and manufacturers the choice to use small, yet high speed processors offered via Beckhoff's PC-based controllers," said Corey McAtee, TwinCAT Product Manager, Beckhoff Automation. "The most advanced, globally competitive automation technologies are now within reach including high speed, deterministic control over EtherCAT. These can be easily integrated with a non-Beckhoff EtherNet/IP master device on the machine and share data without restriction. EtherNet/IP system designers can now take full advantage of Beckhoff technology without isolating machine modules already equipped with third party devices."

TwinCAT also supports all other major fieldbus networks including DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, SERCOS, CANopen, Ethernet TCP/IP and many others, providing one of the most flexible and open automation software packages in the world. This comprehensive fieldbus support allows the connection of an immense range of PLCs, PCs, servo drives, and other devices from Beckhoff and numerous other industrial device vendors.

TwinCAT software is purchased once with upgrades available free of charge from the Beckhoff web site. Users are not required to upgrade with fees every year as is the case with many control software providers. The most efficient and inexpensive software migration path is assured through the highly standardized software environment with industry-leading backwards and forwards device compatibility.

For more information on TwinCAT (including TwinCAT 2.10 demo download):

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 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 "TwinCAT and EtherNet/IP" to:
Beckhoff Automation LLC
12150 Nicollet Ave. S
Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: 952-890-0000
Fax: 952-890-2888

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