EtherCAT box with IP69K protection
The stainless steel Beckhoff EQ series EtherCAT Box I/O series are rated at protection class IP69K. They are designed for use directly on machines in application areas with demanding hygienic requirements, such as in the food, packaging, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
The EQ series EtherCAT Box meets all "hygienic design" requirements and thrives outside of electrical cabinets: the housing and all screw connections are made entirely of stainless steel. The screws are fitted flush without grime-collecting contours. These distributed I/O boxes are mounted to the machine or equipment by means of mounting brackets. This avoids unwanted cavities and joints in which dirt can settle while ensuring proper cleaning procedures.
Due to the housing tightness in accordance with protection class IP69K, the stainless steel box modules ensure resistance to corrosion as well as impermeability to moisture and can be cleaned with high-pressure cleaners. The EQ EtherCAT Box series is qualified for the extended temperature range of -25 C to +60 C (storage temperature -40 C to +85 C) and can be used in extreme climatic zones.
The EQ series modules can be connected directly to an EtherCAT network without an additional Coupler Box. Each box is a self-contained EtherCAT device and an EtherCAT slave, which can be connected directly to any other EtherCAT device via a standard Ethernet cable with 100BASE-TX.
– Edited by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering machine safety products.