New ELX Series EtherCAT Terminals Come with Safe Signal Transmission and Functional Safety Capabilities

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Beckhoff’s ELX Series EtherCAT Terminals with two or four analog input channels for RTD resistance sensors, thermocouples/mV and strain gauges. These terminals come with built-in TwinSAFE SC technology. The terminals are compliant to ATEX and IECEx standards and are suitable for applications in hazardous areas. The TwinSAFE SC technology allows the user to use standard signals for safety-related tasks in fieldbus system.


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ELX Series EtherCAT Terminals from Beckhoff Expanded with TwinSAFE SC Technology

Intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety combined in one highly compact solution

SAVAGE, Minnesota, July 11, 2018 – The EtherCAT Terminals in the ELX series from Beckhoff have expanded through the addition of analog input terminals with built-in TwinSAFE SC (Single Channel) technology. These highly compact I/O terminals can be used to support applications in hazardous areas that require both intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety capabilities.

The space-saving ELX series terminals, which are certified in compliance with the specifications of the ATEX and IECEx standards, enable direct connection of intrinsically safe field devices through to Zone 0/20 based on an integrated safety barrier. The new terminal designs extended by TwinSAFE SC technology now make it possible to achieve a safety level equivalent to PL-d/Cat. 3 according to EN ISO 13849-1 or SIL 2 according to EN 62061. In this way, users can harness all process data existing in a system for safety technology, such as to monitor the speed of fans in areas sensitive to explosion hazards, for example.

The new I/Os are available as 12-mm-wide terminals with two or four analog input channels for 0/4…20 mA, and for RTD resistance sensors, thermocouples/mV and strain gauges. Furthermore, a single-channel terminal is available for the direct connection of intrinsically safe incremental encoders, which evaluate a diagnostic-enabled NAMUR signal in accordance with IEC 60947-5-6.

TwinSAFE SC technology

With the aid of TwinSAFE SC technology, it is possible to make use of standard signals for safety-related tasks in any network or fieldbus system. The data from a TwinSAFE SC terminal is fed to the TwinSAFE Logic, where it undergoes safety-related multi-channel processing. The data originating from different sources are analyzed, checked for plausibility and submitted to a “voting” process. This is done by certified function blocks, such as Scale, Compare/Voting (1oo2, 2oo3, 3oo5), Limit, etc. For safety reasons, however, at least one of the data sources must be a TwinSAFE SC component.

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 75 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.

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