Acting as a POFINET RT device and integrating a simple EtherCAT master, the EK9300 bus coupler permits the simple connection of high-performance EtherCAT Terminals from Beckhoff to PROFINET networks. The advantages of the EtherCAT I/O system, such as flexible topology, wide signal variety and fast I/O update times, are thus available to PROFINET users. When changing to the field level without control cabinets, the IP protected EtherCAT Box modules can also be connected directly, resulting in higher data throughput and a high degree of flexibility with regard to the EtherCAT topology. Due to the Ethernet physics, large distances can be bridged, including via fibre-optic cable.
Edited by: Teoman Tugsuz