Buildings consume around one third of the world's fossil energy, for example for heating, the production of hot water, lighting and cooling and thus contribute a considerable proportion of CO2 emissions to global warming. In addition to the consistent conversion to sustainably generated electricity, a great amount of energy can be saved, above all through the efficient design of buildings using comprehensive automation. As a result, intelligent buildings are becoming increasingly important, especially due to the growing importance of climate neutrality and environmental friendliness.
Building automation offers many possibilities, especially for the intelligent control and operation of office and industrial buildings as well as public non-residential buildings such as airports or railway stations. Beckhoff has been active in the industry for a long time with its future-oriented automation concepts. "Through the use of automation technology, we want to enable the sustainable operation of these buildings in particular - over their entire life cycle," reports Georg Schemmann, who is responsible for the building automation industry management at Beckhoff. Together with his team and the software and hardware developers, he ensures that the properties of PC-based control are also used in buildings.
"The biggest advantage that our customers have by using Beckhoff is the modularity of the control system. They can plug the controller together virtually as they need it. Since, unlike many other manufacturers in this field, we do not specialize exclusively in building automation, but develop automation technology for all industries, we can offer a wide range of modules, from digital inputs and outputs to the connection of complex subsystems. This means that everything is possible, from the simplest functions such as switching lights on and off to digital twins. The PC-based control system also allows us to scale both the CPU and the software as the customer needs it for his application. With TwinCAT 3 we have a tool for everything", continues Georg Schemmann.