The new EK9300 PROFINET IO Bus Coupler from Beckhoff (Savage, MN) enables a PROFINET controller to exchange data with one or more EtherCAT, PROFINET, PROFIBUS and, in the future, EtherNet/IP systems. This means that the EK9300 can be used as a flexible gateway for real-time communication between these networks, with all the advantages provided by the EtherCAT network as a high performance, lower-level I/O system via the directly-connected EtherCAT Terminals. Features include:

  • The ability to bridge long transmission distances of up to 100 m.
  • Supports for a range of EtherCAT Terminals including numerous IP 67 box modules.