Virtual visits keep industry connected

To support industry in remaining connected and productive during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, automation technology specialist Beckhoff Automation UK is running a series of “virtual visit” webinars. Taking place every Wednesday, the webinars aim to provide engineers, technicians and industrial managers with practical information on key automation technologies and issues. Information on the upcoming webinars is available on our events page.


The topics for Beckhoff UK’s webinars are determined based on feedback received from customers and interested engineers. The current topics include methods for sizing servo motors and modelling servo applications, first steps to deploying Beckhoff’s TwinCAT Vision software for machine vision systems, and an exploration of programmable versus non-programmable safety.

Each webinar will be available on the Beckhoff blog after broadcast. They will remain accessible alongside the existing EtherCAT network diagnostics and debugging webinar that Beckhoff ran at the beginning of April 2020.

Alongside the ongoing webinars, Beckhoff UK will arrange a series of virtual visits directly with customers, to help them plan and adapt around the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 situation on industry.

“If there is one thing that all industrial businesses know, it’s that industry can’t, and doesn’t, just stop,” said Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff Automation UK. “Whether a company is a critical business that is directly contributing to address the impact of COVID-19, or an industrial business that is adapting to these changes, Beckhoff wants to support in as many ways as it can during this time.

“These webinars are equal-parts aimed at offering advice and guidance to engineers, and at keeping in touch with customers during a time when everybody is distanced. The weekly webinars will take an informal, relaxed tone because they are as much about the connection between Beckhoff and the engineers that trust our technologies, as they are about industrial connectivity itself.”

Beckhoff will also run more formal webinar versions of its successful skills lab sessions over the coming months. Lead by specialists from the Beckhoff Automation UK team, these sessions will go into technical depth about more specific industry applications, such as advanced guidance for Beckhoff’s TwinCAT and TwinSAFE software.

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