Beckhoff's EtherCAT Box

April 7, 2011
Beckhoff's EtherCAT Box Offers Analog Inputs and Outputs on One Device. Machine-mountable EP4374 combination I/O box enhances machine design flexibility
This flexible, moisture and dust-resistant I/O device combines two analog inputs and two analog outputs into one device. The EP4374 I/O box is a scalable EtherCAT solution that empowers machine builders to plan ahead based on demand, designing more cost-effectively devices. The input and output channels can be parameterized independent of each other for the standard signals 0...10 V, ±10 V, 0...20 mA and 4...20 mA. With the combination of parameterizable inputs and outputs in a single rugged housing, EP4374 users benefit from increased flexibility and can utilize the existing signals in an optimized manner. This EtherCAT Box features two input channels and two output channels. Each channel is configurable individually for current or voltage measurement or output. The resolution for the current and voltage signals is 16 bit (signed). The EP4374-0002 module has a direct EtherCAT connection, so that the high performance of 100 Mbit/s Industrial Ethernet is retained right down to each IP 67 box. The compact dimensions of the EtherCAT Box of only 126 x 30 x 26.5 mm (H x W x D) make it ideal for applications in confined spaces.