PC-based Control for Woodworking Machines PC-based Control for Woodworking Machines

Open automation solutions for the wood industry

The range of furniture available in the market today is more diverse than ever - The fast pace of changing living styles and not least the competitive environment oblige furniture manufacturers to offer highly flexible product ranges.The furniture industry is using this reliable and highly innovative control platform very successfully: PC-based control, which combines PLC, NC/CNC, line and camming functionality in a single hardware or maps it through software modules. The PC can easily handle tracking of parts, user interfaces, CAD/CAM user interfaces, drill optimisation, configuration tools, production data collection and local databases.

Applications & Solutions


Solutions: The furniture production process involves a wide range of machines with different functions.
PC-based control technology serves as a common platform for all processes.


Applications: The application reports illustrate application options for Beckhoff products and technologies in practice.

TwinCAT – the control plattform

TwinCAT – the control plattform: TwinCAT integrates real-time control with PLC system, Motion Control and programming environment in a single package. Programming is based on the IEC 61131-3 standard.

EtherCAT – ultra high-speed communication

EtherCAT – ultra high-speed communication: Outstanding performance, flexible topology and simple configuration characterise EtherCAT, the real-time Ethernet technology from Beckhoff.

XFC | eXtreme Fast Control Technology

XFC | eXtreme Fast Control Technology: XFC, the fast control solution, is based on an optimised control and communication architecture that is capable of I/O response times < 100 μs.