The Beckhoff presentation at Automatica 2018 will reflect the show motto of “Optimize your Production” from start to finish: e.g. by integrating image processing, high-precision measurement technology, robotics and cloud services into the PC-based control platform. One Cable Automation, based on EtherCAT P, also offers potential for optimisation. The single-cable solution for the field level reduces material and assembly costs by half. The AMP8000 distributed Servo Drive system, which integrates the servo drive into the servomotor, opens up new paths for modular machine concepts: the relocation of the power electronics to the machine reduces space requirements in the control cabinet to the size of a single coupling module that uses only one cable to supply several servo drives via a distribution module.