After several years of rapidly growing sales and market share in North America, Beckhoff Automation LLC has relocated to Savage, Minn. where the company has constructed a modern business complex with over 44,500 square feet in combined office and warehouse space.
The new Savage building, fully clad in Minnesota-sourced limestone of the same variety used in the Minnesota Twins’ home of Target Field, has more than triple the available space of its previous facility in three key areas: the general office space, warehouse and repair center. The new Beckhoff warehouse measures 15,000+ square feet while the state-of-the-art the Industrial PC repair center with exceptional ESD protection is 1,660+ square feet.
Reduced impact on the local environment: building automation and green building design
Beckhoff’s new North American headquarters is as energy efficient as it is comfortable by leveraging Beckhoff’s own hardware and software for advanced building automation. The building’s lighting, heating/cooling, ventilation and window facades are all automated via PC-based control to reduce energy consuption. Daylight harvesting to set light levels is a major part of the system and the external environment is used for heating/cooling whenever possible. The Beckhoff control platform easily communicates with the wide variety of devices used in today’s intelligent buildings.
For example, DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is used to connect the Beckhoff I/O system to light ballasts, MP Bus is used to connect to the variable air volume boxes, BACnet is integrated for the building’s boilers and rooftop units, SMTP is used to send maintenance personnel email alerts when needed and Ethernet TCP/IP is heavily utilized. Regarding Ethernet, Beckhoff’s new Savage office has a “triple redundant” infrastructure, with full connectivity assured via Cat 6 network cabling, fiber optic and cable media.
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