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EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler transmits all control data simply, safely and cost-effectively to all common cloud systems in plug-and-play fashion

SAVAGE, Minnesota, May 4, 2016 – The new EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler from Beckhoff Automation establishes a direct connection to the cloud without any special control program between Beckhoff EtherCAT I/O and the Internet of Things (IoT). As a result, the coupler enables simple and standardized integration of I/O data with cloud-based communication and data services.

Via an integrated web server, I/O data can be parameterized, such as in data processing and timing, through a simple configuration dialogue. No special engineering tools are needed. The EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler then autonomously transmits the data, including time stamp, to the cloud service. Apart from that, extended mechanisms are available, including local buffering of I/O data on a microSD card (2 GB) to protect against data loss when the Internet connection is interrupted. The cloud services and security functions (encryption, firewall) can be configured via the web server in the same convenient way.

All major cloud systems are supported via the IoT protocols AMQP, MQTT and OPC UA (over AMQP): Microsoft Azure™, Amazon Web Services™ (AWS), SAP HANA, as well as and private cloud systems in company networks. The EK9160 is "Microsoft Azure™ Certified" and enables communication with clouds based on advanced multi-cloud capabilities.
 
Reliable ControlsIn conjunction with the industry-leading portfolio of EtherCAT I/O Terminals offered by Beckhoff, the EK9160 can be used to transmit the widest range of machine and building data types to the cloud, such as temperature, pressure, vibration or energy consumption. Added to this is the possibility to monitor connected fieldbuses.

The I/O signals can not only be collected via EtherCAT, but also via the monitor operating mode of CANopen or PROFIBUS Terminals, for analysis by external specialists, for example.

For more information about EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler visit www.beckhoffautomation.com


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