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Canadian machine manufacturer names Beckhoff top supplier in EMEA


December 12, 2019
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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John Galt (right), president and CEO of Husky Injection Molding Systems, presents the “EMEA Supplier of the Year” award to Hans Beckhoff, managing director and owner of Beckhoff Automation, in October 2019 at the K show in Düsseldorf, Germany. Photo: Beckhoff AutomationJohn Galt (right), president and CEO of Husky Injection Molding Systems, presents the EMEA Supplier of the Year Award to Hans Beckhoff, managing director and owner of Beckhoff Automation, in October 2019 at the K show in Düsseldorf, Germany. Photo: Beckhoff Automation

Canadian machine manufacturer Husky Injection Molding Systems recently awarded control system supplier Beckhoff Automation with its EMEA Supplier Award.

The award was presented at the K 2019 trade show held in Düsseldorf, Germany, in October 2019.

Husky has been working with Beckhoff since 1999, when the company installed an open industrial PC platform based on Windows standards. The clear separation between software and hardware opened up a new world of competitive benefits for Husky. PC-based control replaced Husky’s legacy control concept, which was based on a multitude of dedicated controllers and PLC hardware, with a single industrial PC and TwinCAT as an integrated software platform.

Husky’s technical challenges in developing high-performance injection molding machines subsequently led to technological improvements and the development of new Beckhoff products. For example, Husky and Beckhoff created advanced temperature sensor modules, which can be mounted directly on the injection molding machine without any special cables.

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After a successful trial phase, Husky went into series production with Beckhoff control systems and declared them the standard for its entire machine portfolio. Husky was also one of the first companies to rely on the EtherCAT standard introduced to the market by Beckhoff in 2003, which the companies say increased speed and accuracy of Husky’s machines.