Press Release

March 24, 2016
Ready-to-use products for IoT and Industrie 4.0 from Beckhoff power smart factory concepts
Experience ‘Integrated Industry’ with Beckhoff at Hannover Messe 2016

VERL, Germany, March 24, 2016 – As the world’s leading industrial exhibition, Hannover Messe 2016 provides the premier platform for Industrie 4.0 and highlights the progress towards ‘Integrated Industry’, making it truly tangible. The Beckhoff presence in Hanover is in line with this year’s lead theme, ‘Discover Solutions’ and can be found in several areas of the exhibition grounds, focused on IoT and Industrie 4.0.

At the Beckhoff main booth in Hall 9, visitors can explore the expanded Industrie 4.0 forum. Spanning 1,000 square meters, Beckhoff will demonstrate foundational technologies and ready-to-use products for the smart factory. TwinCAT Analytics records industrial data synchronously with the process cycle and serves as the basis for comprehensive analytics. TwinCAT IoT supports common protocols used in cloud communication and enables easy-to-configure connections between the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services. In addition, visitors can see the latest Beckhoff innovations such as EtherCAT P and TwinCAT HMI, and new I/O terminal technology that integrates high-end measurement technology.

Hannover Messe and partner country USA in the global spotlight

Beckhoff IoT and Industrie 4.0 solutions are the ideal complement to this year’s Hannover Messe, which features the USA as the official partner country for the first time. With PC-based control, Beckhoff leads the convergence of Germany’s Industrie 4.0 technologies with American IoT technologies. From wearables to Azure™ Cloud connectivity, Beckhoff applies the latest IT developments to the benefit of industrial automation applications.

Industrie 4.0 from Beckhoff abounds at Hannover Messe

Under the motto ‘Discover Solutions’, Beckhoff will focus this year’s exhibits on concrete solutions for ‘Integrated Industry’ in no less than four locations. At the Industrie 4.0 forum in the company’s main booth located in Hall 9, Booth F06, Beckhoff will present live demonstrations of products that support analytics, big data and IoT communication.

As part of the booth for the ‘it’s OWL’ technology network (Hall 16, Booth A04), Beckhoff will demonstrate the current state of ‘Scientific Automation’ and ‘eXtreme Fast Automation’, both of which are leading-edge cluster research projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

A showcase of SAP, Beckhoff and other technology partners in Hall 7, Booth C04, will feature a live application that demonstrates the close interaction between production processes and business administration workflows. Its foundation will be automation technology from Beckhoff. The SAP software communicates directly with Beckhoff products on the basis of standardized services. Additionally, as a Microsoft Gold Partner, Beckhoff will present its new IoT products such as its easy and secure link between the automation and field levels and the Azure™ cloud at Microsoft's booth in Hall 7, Booth C40.

Experience ‘Integrated Industry’ now: The Industrie 4.0 forum

Essentially all applications with Beckhoff PC Control technology are ready for Industrie 4.0 today. New products from Beckhoff specifically for IoT and Industrie 4.0 make using these features even easier. The complete process control mappings, which can be generated from the control technology, make it easy for the user to assess connected machines and systems. Extensive Industrie 4.0 features are available at the push of a button – all made possible by a variety of innovative, new products. For example, TwinCAT Analytics software provides the foundation for predictive maintenance and machine optimization.

Complete process data acquisition and analysis: TwinCAT Analytics

The smart factory introduces numerous requirements regarding online and offline state analysis, predictive maintenance, pattern recognition, machine optimization and long-term data archiving. This requires data capture to be as continuous as possible and in sync with the processing cycle. That is exactly why Beckhoff developed TwinCAT Analytics software. All process data can be provided as needed, either locally or as a cloud-based solution on a server, whether on an internal corporate network or in a public cloud.

TwinCAT IoT enables fast, standardized cloud communication

With the company’s new TwinCAT IoT solution, Beckhoff supports standardized protocols for cloud communication and for sending push messages to smart devices. Quick and easy to configure, TwinCAT IoT provides a variety of functions for exchanging process data via widely-used communication protocols such as AMQP, MQTT and OPC UA, and for accessing special data and communication services either from public clouds or local systems.

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  • Based on comprehensive and cycle-synchronous data recording, the new TwinCAT Analytics solution from Beckhoff enables seamless online and offline analysis of machines and production data.

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    Based on comprehensive and cycle-synchronous data recording, the new TwinCAT Analytics solution from Beckhoff enables seamless online and offline analysis of machines and production data.


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