The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) recently opened an official EtherCAT Test Center (ETC) at the Laboratory of Numerical Control and Automation (LNC) at Beihang University in Beijing.
Held in the new main building of Beihang University, the opening ceremony was attended by the dean and the vice dean of the Beihang School of Mechanical Engineering & Automation, Prof. Gang Zhao and Prof. Zhenggan Zhou.
Explaining the special relevance of the LNC for EtherCAT, Beryl Fan, ETG Representative in China said that the LNC was already an acknowledged EtherCAT Competence Center in 2010 under the management of Prof. Ji Huan, a well-known researcher in the field of communication technologies and CNC controls.
Dr. Yanqiang Liu will be responsible for management and test operation at the ETC. Dr. Liu, who is highly experienced with EtherCAT even spent six months in Germany to study the technology in detail. He has also authored the Chinese EtherCAT textbook together with Prof. Ji Huan.
Since joining the ETG in 2005, the LNC has made important contributions to support the promotion of EtherCAT technology.
According to Beryl Fan, establishing the ETC at Beihang University is a strategic step that supports the continued work of the ETG in China and will enable ETG to meet the requirements of local device manufacturers with official EtherCAT Conformance Tests in China.
BECKHOFF Automation is a member of the EtherCAT Technology Group.