High-Performance, Time-Deterministic Control with Flexible, Easy Development
Currently, automation technologies prefer Ethernet use at the field level, with various approaches promising high bandwidth, low costs, simplified vertical integration, standard component use from office sectors, and minimal configuration and diagnostic efforts, all combined with preferred real-time capability. EtherCAT takes a different route by combining advantages of fieldbus technology with otherwise significant advantages of Ethernet function. Available bandwidth is almost fully utilized and expense reduced to a simple ASIC connection in the EtherCAT device.
EtherCAT requires no IP addresses, and its automatic configuration enables high-performance machine control, capable of exchanging multiple distributed signals with cycle times significantly below 100 μs. Further supported is a variety of connection topology methodologies, including star, tree, and ring types. As a result, EtherCAT offers unified, powerful communication for the entire automation sector.nsure quality.