Beckhoff Automation

Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG
GmbH & Co. KG (limited partnership business entity)
Industry Automation technology
Founded 1980 in Verl, Germany
Headquarters Verl, Westphalia, Germany
Products Industrial PCs
Fieldbus components
Automation software
Drive technology
Revenue 620 Mio. EUR (2015)[1][2]
Number of employees
3000 (April 2016)
Subsidiaries in 34 countries

Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG is a medium-sized, internationally acting company located in Verl, Westphalia, Germany. It was established in 1980 as a business unit of the Elektro Beckhoff GmbH, an electrical installation and retail company which was founded in 1953 by Arnold Beckhoff Senior. Until 2005 the business unit "New Automation Technology" operated under the name Beckhoff Industrie Elektronik (Beckhoff Industrial Electronics).

In 2005 the company Elektro Beckhoff GmbH has been restructured into three companies:

PC-based automation technology

The company Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG produces automation technology in different performance categories, from single components up to system solutions. The company focuses on PC-based control technology with the segments Industrial PC, Embedded PC, fieldbus components, drive technology and automation software. The Beckhoff PC Control philosophy, the Bus Terminals and TwinCAT automation software are multifunctional alternatives to traditional control technology. With EtherCAT, launched in 2003, the company initiated a real-time Ethernet for system control.

Company data

In 2015 the company generated a turnover of 620 Million Euro. The actual number of employees amounts to 3000.[2] The Headquarters in Verl is the location for all central departments. The domestic sales department is supplemented by subsidiaries all over Germany.[1]

On the international market, the company is represented by subsidiaries in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. Through co-operation with partners, Beckhoff is represented in more than 75 countries.

Company history

Range of applications

Beckhoff products are used for the automation of machines and plants as well as for building automation. The company creates standard and customized solutions for diverse applications in industries like:


  1. 1 2 "Beckhoff Automation surpasses 500 million euro mark with 17 % increase in turnover". Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  2. 1 2 Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG (2016-04-20). "New Automation Technology". Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  3. Al Presher (2015-06-08). "Many-Core Processors for Control". Design News. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  4. "High-performance AX8000 multi-axis servo system". PACE Process & Control Engineering. 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  5. "Plug & Work - Bus Terminals for circuit boards" (PDF). PC Control. 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  6. Drives & Controls (2015-11-25). "EtherCat+power cable heralds 'no-cabinet automation'". Drives & Controls. Retrieved 2015-12-29.

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