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High channel density for harsh environments

23 April 2010

After a recent visit to the Hannover Messe, the HazardEx team came across EtherCAT Box modules for the trusted IP 67 system from Beckhoff which contain an impressive 16 channels – a notable increase over the previous 8 – in a double-width housing, significantly reducing cabling effort and the price per channel.

High channel density for harsh environments
High channel density for harsh environments

The Beckhoff EtherCAT Box modules in the 16-channel variant can be integrated directly into any EtherCAT network. The high EtherCAT performance of 100 Mbit/s is once again retained right into every IP 67 box. With an exactly double housing width of 126 x 60 x 26.5 mm (5-in x 2.4-in x 1-in), the modules offer suitable space for 16 digital inputs or outputs. The modules are fitted with M8 or M12 sockets for the signal connections. Due to the doubling of the number of channels per EtherCAT Box, the user saves time and cost, both with the EtherCAT cabling and the power cabling.

The mounting points are taken over by the compact, 30 mm (1.2-in) wide EtherCAT Box modules, so that the 16-channel box modules can be installed conveniently with the same grid spacing.

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