Bus terminals for use in extreme climates
The ET Bus Terminals from Beckhoff Automation extend the temperature range for selected standard Bus Terminals and Couplers, reportedly making them ideal for outdoor applications such as solar power plants.
Beckhoff Automation Extended Temperature (ET) Bus Terminals extends the operating temperature range for selected standard Bus Terminals and Couplers to between -4 and 140°F. The storage temperature range of the ET Bus Terminals is specified as -40 to 185°F.
With the broadened operating temperature range for selected standard Bus Terminals and Couplers, the ET Terminals are ideal for "outdoor applications," according to Beckhoff Automation. Typical fields of use include alternative energy systems such as wind, solar or tidal power plants, which in many cases operate under extreme climatic conditions.
The I/O terminals selected for the extended temperature range cover the most common areas of application and a wide range of signal types, according to Beckhoff Automation. The Beckhoff CX5000 series Embedded PCs with direct I/O connection and low-heat dissipation are designed for the extended temperature range. When paired with the new ET Bus Terminals, this represents a complete controller and I/O solution for extreme environments.
Via Beckhoff’s K-bus technology, the new ET Bus Terminals are compatible with the entire Bus Terminal product range and can function with more than 15 fieldbus networks and protocols.
- Edited by Amanda McLeman, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com