I/O module handles tough areas


October 20, 2014   by PLANT Staff

62_252013_BeckhoffBeckhoff Automation’s compact IP67-rated EP1816-3008 EtherCAT I/O measuring device, with built-in tilt monitoring in longitudinal and transverse directions, has two integrated 3-axis acceleration sensors and 16 digital inputs. Use it in harsh environments for cost-effective acceleration and angle measurement directly in the field for shock/oscillation monitoring of machines, plants and buildings.

Robot arm vibrations are monitored via acceleration measurements. For wood sawing machines, a unit mounted on the work table enables monitoring of the saw-blade angle adjustment through EtherCAT signal acquisition.

The signals come directly through the main control system rather than being managed with stand-alone measurement solutions. Two sensors arranged at 90 degree angles make the system redundant for verification by the controller.

The unit has two integrated 3-axis, 16-bit acceleration sensors with resolution options of ±2, 4, 8 and 16 g at sampling frequencies between 1 Hz to 5 kHz.

Beckhoff is a developer of automation technologies based in Verl, Germany, with Canadian operations in Mississauga, Ont.

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