To withstand increasingly tough market and cost pressures, the process industry needs future-proof automation solutions. The only way to implement these is through holistic system connectivity that overcomes the traditional separation between discrete automation and process automation. PC-based control technology from Beckhoff provides the ideal basis for this purpose.
With PC-based control, even distributed systems can be connected with little effort while enabling access to centralised and therefore highly efficient analysis and process control capabilities. Because of its interoperability, openness and integrated support of cloud-based services, the Beckhoff automation system is also ideal for implementing connectivity in production environments in line with current Industrie 4.0 and Internet-of-Things concepts. The user benefits across the board – from horizontal integration, even beyond enterprise boundaries, and vertical integration with connected production systems to consistent engineering over the entire equipment life span.
The Beckhoff approach also makes barrier-free control solutions from Zone 0/20 through to the cloud possible. In addition to standard automation components, a broad portfolio of products for use in hazardous areas is available. These include: