Communications & Networks
Beckhoff’s PS2000 device series features built-in EtherCAT interface
February 1, 2023 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Beckhoff has expanded its portfolio of PS power supplies with the new PS2000 device series featuring a built-in EtherCAT interface. The PS2000 power supplies can remotely collect additional measurement and device diagnostics for system monitoring.
The new PS2000 variants combine high-performance power supply units from Beckhoff with the EtherCAT communication standard. This allows the control system to directly process measurement data and internal device diagnostics information and establish remote access to power supplies. It also provides advanced monitoring features for the DC output (for system monitoring) or the AC input (for source monitoring).
In the case of system monitoring, important operation parameters such as output current and voltage are transmitted in real-time and continuously updated. Furthermore, voltage, current and temperature data can be added to the monitoring scope. Another special feature is the detection of high-voltage spikes in the power source.
Status information, error messages and warnings are also available directly in the control platform via EtherCAT. Warning thresholds that can be set in the control system (to indicate overcurrent, for example) allow users to define the signalling conditions and to adapt the power supply to specific application requirements. Remote access via EtherCAT also makes it possible to specifically shut down sections of a plant in the event of machine downtime or a fault.
Beckhoff is offering single-phase, 24 V DC power supplies as both 10 A and 20 A variants with an output power of 240 and 480 W, respectively. A 10 A variant with 480 W is available for the 48 V DC power supply.