PC-based Control for Sheet Metal Working PC-based Control for Sheet Metal Working

Open automation solutions for Sheet Metal Working

Numerous applications such as presses, cutting, bending and welding facilities worldwide have demonstrated the benefits of PC-based control technology from Beckhoff: All processes, including control, regulation, motion control and visualisation, run on a single PC equipped with TwinCAT automation software.

Applications & Solutions


Solutions: An increasingly wide variety of products, varying batch sizes and strong cost awareness require maximum flexibility in the face of global competition.


Applications: The application reports illustrate application options for Beckhoff products and technologies in practice.

TwinCAT – the control plattform

TwinCAT – the control plattform: TwinCAT integrates real-time control with PLC system, Motion Control and programming environment in a single package. Programming is based on the IEC 61131-3 standard.

EtherCAT – ultra high-speed communication

EtherCAT – ultra high-speed communication: Outstanding performance, flexible topology and simple configuration characterise EtherCAT, the real-time Ethernet technology from Beckhoff.

XFC | eXtreme Fast Control Technology

XFC | eXtreme Fast Control Technology: XFC, the fast control solution, is based on an optimised control and communication architecture that is capable of I/O response times < 100 μs.