SPS Show: Beckhoff drives its way into motor business

Fertig Motors GmbH to develop servomotors for Beckhoff drive technology

12/01/2010


Beckhoff Automation announced a joint venture with Fertig Motors to develop a new line of servo motors to expand the company’s expertise on the drives category. In cooperation with Fertig Motors GmbH, headquartered are in Marktheidenfeld, Germany, Beckhoff is developing new product series of servomotors that are specially designed for PC- and EtherCAT-based control technology from Beckhoff.

The announcement at the SPS Show in Nuremburg came one year after company CEOs Hans Beckhoff and Erwin Fertig first discussed the idea at the 2009 SPS event. True to that time frame, they said they expect to announce the first servo motors in the joint venture will be announced at the 2011 SPS Show.

“Our goal is to develop the next generation of servomotors: more dynamic, more energy-efficient and available at a low cost. Our team of highly motivated specialists is looking forward to this new challenge and is going about its work with enthusiasm. In order to ensure maximum quality standards and to guarantee high availability, all motors should be ‘Made in Germany’,” said Fertig.

“We have always specialised in hardware and software, and naturally we have extensive know-how in drive technology. However, our knowledge will now be decisively deepened with the development of our own motor series, especially in the area of highly dynamic magnetic mechanics and the associated control algorithms,” Beckhoff said. “We are delighted with this new partnership and we are convinced that we will be able to offer our customers even more powerful system solutions as a result.

“In the long run, we want to be the motor manufacturer in Germany; that is clear,” Beckhoff added.

Beckhoff also announced its new EL7201 servo terminal for the Beckhoff EtherCAT Terminal system. It integrates a complete servo drive for motors up to 200 W into a standard I/O terminal housing. Integration into the EtherCAT I/O system simplifies cabling and commissioning considerably and reduces spatial requirements and costs.

The company said in a press release, “The servo terminals cover a broad range of positioning tasks: from packaging and assembly machines to small robots. With the EL7201 servo terminal, the range of servo drives from Beckhoff becomes even more finely scalable: from the miniature servo drive up to 200 W in the EtherCAT Terminal format to the AX5000 Servo Drive with 118 kW, Beckhoff offers a wide range of motion control solutions.”

Hans Beckhoff painted an optimistic picture of both the company’s financial health as well as manufacturing as a whole. He said the company’s revenue grew from 236 million euros in 2009 to 340 million euros in 2010. While 2009 was the first dip in revenues for Beckhoff in 20 years, the 2010 revenues were also up from 2008’s level of 278 million euros.

“We can look ahead to next year optimistically. We are not just talking about growth; this is a real boom,” Beckhoff said. “The next three to four years, we see consistent growth. After crises in the past, we have seen strong growth as well.

While U.S. business for Beckhoff makes up just 8% of the company’s total revenue, that total grew by 46% in 2010. Today, Beckhoff is predominantly a German company, with 45% of its total revenue coming from Germany. But Beckhoff sees a major shift in the coming years, with 50% of its projected 700 million euros revenues coming from Asia by 2015.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
The true cost of lubrication: Three keys to consider when evaluating oils; Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide; 11 ways to protect bearing assets; Is lubrication part of your KPIs?
Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming while keeping an eye on costs; Pneumatic systems; Energy monitoring; The sixth 'S' is safety
Transport your data: Supply chain information critical to operational excellence; High-voltage faults; Portable cooling; Safety automation isn't automatic
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks; Selecting protocol conversion gateways; Integrating HMIs with PLCs and PACs
Why manufacturers need to see energy in a different light: Current approaches to energy management yield quick savings, but leave plant managers searching for ways of improving on those early gains.

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.