Bus coupler connects EtherNet/IP with modular, extendable electronic terminal blocks
The Bus Coupler from Beckhoff recognizes the terminals to which it is connected, and performs the assignment of the inputs and outputs to the words of the process image automatically.
The Compact BK9055 Bus Coupler connects EtherNet/IP with the modular, extendable electronic terminal blocks. One unit consists of one Bus Coupler, any number from 1 to 64 terminals (255 with K-bus extension) and one end terminal. The Bus Coupler recognizes the terminals to which it is connected, and performs the assignment of the inputs and outputs to the words of the process image automatically. The BK9000 and BK9050 Bus Couplers support the operation of all Bus Terminal types. The Bus Terminals store settings permanently and in a fail-safe manner.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.