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Beckhoff Releases New KL6781 M-Bus Master Terminals for Building Automation
Compact and feature-laden M-Bus solution eliminates special energy monitoring hardware
BURNSVILLE, Minnesota, August 16, 2012 – In order to more efficiently
gather data on energy consumption in building automation solutions,
Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new KL6781 M-Bus master
terminal. The KL6781 M-Bus master terminal extends the range of energy
measurement terminals from Beckhoff: electricity, water, gas or energy
meters with M-Bus interfaces can be simply integrated into the
company’s “fieldbus-independent” Bus Terminal system, rendering
external M-Bus gateways unnecessary.
The KL6781 M-Bus master terminal, in its compact 12 mm housing, enables
direct connection of up to 40 M-Bus devices, each with 1.5 mA current
consumption. To connect additional devices beyond that limit, users
simply install another KL6781 in the Bus Terminal node. The M-Bus
master terminal converts the data from the Beckhoff I/O system into
M-Bus-compliant values. A total of 24 bytes of data per terminal are
available for this purpose.
The TwinCAT PLC M-Bus software library, which is available free of
charge from Beckhoff, simplifies the integration of M-Bus devices from
numerous manufacturers through predefined profiles.
In addition to building automation, the M-Bus solution can also be used
in machine design and plant engineering applications, where consumption
meters with the M-Bus interface are used for logging load peaks, for
The M-Bus terminal extends the comprehensive Beckhoff I/O portfolio
with yet another useful component. With more than 400 different signal
types, the Beckhoff Bus Terminal system covers virtually all signal
types encountered in building services engineering. It not only
supports all common sensors and actuators, but can also integrate all
bus systems that are relevant for building services using suitable Bus
Coupler types. Subordinate subsystems such as KNX/EIB, LON, DALI,
MP-Bus, EnOcean or serial RS232/RS485 connections such as Modbus can be
integrated easily via communication Bus Terminals.
Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven technologies so that customers can implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interface, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.
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