The Beckhoff EQxxxx EtherCAT Box I/O series, in durable V2A stainless steel housing, are rated at protection class IP69K. These I/O modules are for use directly on machines in application areas with demanding hygienic requirements, such as the food, packaging, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. A range of digital and analog units in this new product series covers numerous I/O signal requirements.
The EQ series EtherCAT Box meets all “hygienic design” requirements and thrives outside of electrical cabinets: the housing and all screw connections are made entirely of stainless steel. The screws are fitted flush without grime-collecting contours. These distributed I/O boxes are mounted to the machine or equipment by means of mounting brackets. The modules are qualified for the extended temperature range of -25 to +60°C (storage temperature -40 to +85°C) and can be used in extreme climatic zones.
Through the integrated EtherCAT interface, the modules can be connected directly to an EtherCAT network without an additional Coupler Box. Each box is a 100% self-contained EtherCAT device and an EtherCAT slave, which can be connected directly to any other EtherCAT device with a standard Ethernet cable with 100BASE-TX.
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