With the EK9300 Bus Coupler, the large selection of digital and analog I/Os for the ultra-fast EtherCAT Terminal system is now also available for PROFINET. The EK9300 Bus Coupler acts as a PROFINET RT device and integrates a simple EtherCAT master, which connects the EtherCAT Terminals by auto-configuration. The PROFINET process data are converted in the Bus Coupler into the EtherCAT protocol to E-bus signal representation.
Unlike the previous solution with the BK9103 PROFINET Bus Coupler for the Beckhoff Bus Terminal system, EtherCAT Terminals and EtherCAT Box modules can be directly connected to the EK9300, resulting in higher data throughput and a high degree of flexibility with regard to the EtherCAT topology. Due to the Ethernet physics, large distances can be bridged, including via fibre-optic cable.
The EK9300 supports the PROFINET profile and fits seamlessly into PROFINET networks.