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Beckhoff Announces Compact, Cost-effective Stepper Motor I/O Terminal

The EL7062 provides a dual-channel EtherCAT motion interface with 6 A total current in a compact I/O form factor

Posted: January 18, 2022

The EL7062 dual-channel EtherCAT Terminal represents a new performance class of stepper motor control in a cost-effective I/O format. Picture credits: Beckhoff Automation
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With the new EL7062 dual-channel EtherCAT Terminal, Beckhoff enables the direct connection of two stepper motors in the medium power range of up to 3 A and for a voltage range of 8–48 V. With flexible parameterization and minimized channel costs, the flexible motion interface is ideal as a low-cost drive for a wide range of stepper motor applications.

In an extremely compact form factor, the 24-mm-wide EL7062 EtherCAT Terminal contains two stepper motor output stages, two digital inputs for limit switches and one encoder interface per channel for a wide range of 5 V encoders. Via parameterization, the EL7062 flexibly adapts to the connected stepper motor and its corresponding application requirements. With regard to the input encoder signal, the module supports the entire spectrum of TTL encoders (5 V differential, single-ended/open collector). Very high-resolution microstepping ensures extremely smooth and precise motor operation.

The maximum total output current is 6 A, typically to operate two 3 A stepper motors. This can also be configured variably – for example, the motion interface could be configured for a 2 A and 4 A motor. With the ZB8610 fan module, which is available as an accessory, the maximum power even increases to 5 A per channel. The dual channels in the EL7062 significantly reduce the price compared to single-channel solutions.

For more information, visit www.beckhoffautomation.com.

Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC-based control, Industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interfaces, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 75 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.

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