Perfectly suited to rapidly advancing machine control
EtherCAT provides high speed, expandability and flexibility
With the need to reduce takt times, improve yields and ensure
traceability, the requirements for manufacturing systems are
expanding. To respond to these requirements, devices in the system
are increasingly connected with networks.
However, for high-speed and high-precision applications such as
motion control, it is necessary to adopt separate network in
addition to the field networks.
EtherCAT, which can execute
motion control in realtime, makes high capacity communication
required for field networks possible among a large number of nodes,
while maintaining the high-speed synchronous-communication through
its preeminent communication performance.
As an inter-system network that eliminates the barrier between
motion networks and field networks, EtherCAT will contribute not
only to a reduction of design works but also to a shortening of takt
Features of the EtherCAT
The EtherCAT is a high-performance field network able to connect
drive devices, intelligent sensors and I/O devices using Ethernet
: cat.5 , RJ45
Distance between nodes :
100 m max.
Precise and smooth
motion control achieved with the industry's fastest level
faster communications than other companies' motion networks
On-site Data Management
Message transmission can be handled while real-time control is
executed. The operation of on-site devices can be monitored and
parameters can be configured via the network.
» Expanding applications, not limited for motion control
communication among multiple axes and multiple nodes at high-speed,
suitable for large-scale system too.
between nodes can be extended up to 100 m.
communication specification allows a wide variety of devices to join
the same network.
For example: Servo Drives and Inverters, I/O Devices, Vision Sensors
» Global Open
The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) is expanding the EtherCAT
network on global scale.
They are working
in Germany (HQ), Japan, United States, China, and South Korea. Over
1,300 member companies worldwide have joined this activity.