Beckhoff Integrates New HART Functionality into TwinCAT Software and I/O System
Beckhoff Automation integrates new HART protocol functionality in the company’s TwinCAT automation software and I/O system hardware, promoting simple project planning and reliable commissioning.
TwinCAT software facilitates the application of comprehensive HART functions directly from the engineering interface. In this way, the TwinCAT FDT (Field Device Tool) container enables implementation of any field device drivers (Device Type Manager, DTM). This means that an entire HART configuration can be implemented efficiently using a single software tool.
The Beckhoff CommDTM integrates the TwinCAT platform into existing process control systems. With its help, the DTMs can be implemented in any FDT container. This applies to all field devices connected to the HART-capable EtherCAT Terminals. These devices can be configured and parameterized remotely in the known containers without requiring direct PLC access. In addition, the Beckhoff OPC UA Server and Client enable secure global distribution of process data as well as convenient system control and remote maintenance capabilities.
The new, highly compact EtherCAT Terminals in the ELX series are also HART-capable. With intrinsically safe inputs/outputs, they enable the direct integration of field devices installed in hazardous areas, Zones 0, 1 or 2, into the automation system