EtherCAT IO solution for reducing wiring requirements
Beckhoff’s EtherCAT P solution provides communication and power supply in a 4-wire Ethernet cable that enables direct power supply for both EtherCAT P slaves and the connected sensors and actuators. The EtherCAT P may be used as a sensor, actuator and measurement bus while connecting small remote input/output (I/O) stations in terminal boxes. EtherCAT P system and I/O components in protection class IP67 and 4-wire Ethernet cables is available for the 24 V I/O level. For connecting sensors and actuators with power supply, users can integrate EP Box modules in the EPP versions for EtherCAT P. There are also EPP Box modules for analog input and output quantities, such as ±10V/0 to 20 mA, differential/absolute pressures, and data from resistance sensors, thermocouples and incremental encoders. EtherCAT P is designed to reduce material costs for machinery, time and cost of installation, and the frequency of errors in the installation process.
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