Beckhoff introduced the IoT Bus Coupler EK9160, which offers direct connectivity for EtherCAT I/Os to the Internet of Things (IoT), without the need for a control program.
It converts the E-bus signal representation to different IoT communication protocols and enables in this way the simple and standardized integration of I/O data into cloud-based communication and data services.
Neither a controller nor prior programming is necessary. The I/O data transmission can be parameterized in a user-friendly configuration dialog of the integrated web server, providing access via any browser.
EK9160 is a Microsoft Azure Certified and AWS qualified device. It supports the MQTT protocol, while it is prepared to support and AMQP protocol as well.