Providing stepper motor control in a compact, machine-mountable device, the Beckhoff EP7041 EtherCAT motion box enables small EtherCAT motion applications to be implemented directly in the field without a protective control cabinet. Appropriate for harsh environments, the IP 67 module allows the connection of Beckhoff stepper motors up to 50 V DC and 5 A. An integrated incremental encoder connection permits the implementation of a single servo axis; 64-fold micro-stepping ensures smooth and precise motor rotation. The unit contains an encoder connection, 2 digital inputs for limit switches and a digital output for a brake. A 1.5 A version is available for the control of lower-power stepper motors.
Beckhoff Automation; 952-890-0000; www.beckhoffautomation.com
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