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28 November, 2021

‘Revolutionary’ system turns controls into cabinets

23 November, 2021

Beckhoff Automation has announced “a revolution in control cabinet construction” in which a controller becomes, in effect, a modular control cabinet, avoiding the need for conventional enclosures. The company believes that its “flexible, space-optimised and intelligent” MX system will change the way we design and build both control cabinets and automation systems in general.

The system is based on a combination of an aluminium baseplate and control and power modules that together offer IP67 protection and can be mounted directly on machines without needing additional protective housings. The available modules include industrial PCs, I/Os, motion modules, and system modules such as power supplies, couplers and mains output devices.

The system is claimed to reduce the amount of effort for machine-builders, especially during the planning and installation stages, while its built-in diagnostic functions reduce complexity for end-users.

Beckhoff says that the system combines its knowledge of system and component technology, with its practical application experience. The robust IP67-protected baseplate has slots for modules that support EtherCat communications and integrated power supplies – safety extra-low voltages as well as 400V AC and 600V DC.

Beckhoff’s MX system combines a robust baseplate with plug-in modules for functions such as IPCs, I/O, motion and relays.

The largest expansion can accommodate connected loads of up to 63A at 400V AC. Modules are available for the mains connections and all other control cabinet functions. To connect to the field level, the modules use a tried-and-tested plug system.

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