In 2012, Beckhoff set a new benchmark in intelligent parts transportation with the introduction of its eXtended Transport System (XTS), which has since been fitted to numerous generations of manufacturing machines. XTS does more than merely replace conventional conveyor belts, instead it enables completely new and innovative machine designs. Working with flexible motion profiles, it allows users to create processing sequences ranging from the very simple to the highly sophisticated and so optimize their entire manufacturing process. As new XTS functionality is rolled out, it is creating unprecedented levels of freedom that customers are turning into novel machine designs in collaboration with Beckhoff. At SPS IPC Drives 2018, among other products, XTS Track Management was unveiled, a software-based solution that further expands the linear transport system’s range of possible applications.