Beckhoff has extended its range of IP 67 I/O modules with the new EP4374 EtherCAT Box, which combines two analog inputs and two analog outputs in one device. The versatile combination I/O box offers a finely scalable solution that empowers machine manufacturers to plan ahead based on demand and, therefore plan more cost-effectively. The input and output channels can be parameterised independent of each other for the standard signals 0…10 V, ±10 V, 0…20 mA and 4…20 mA.
With the combination of parameterisable inputs and outputs in a single housing, users benefit from increased flexibility and can utilise the existing signals in an optimal manner. The EtherCAT Box features two input channels and two output channels. Each channel is configurable individually for current or voltage measurement or output. The resolution for the current and voltage signals is 16 bit (signed).
The EP4374-0002 module has a direct EtherCAT connection, so that the high EtherCAT performance of 100 Mbit/s is retained right down to each IP 67 box. The compact dimensions of the EtherCAT Box of only 126 x 30 x 26.5 mm (H x W x D) make it ideal for applications in confined spaces.