The Parker Hannifin Electromechanical Automation Division announces the release of its EtherCAT fieldbus option. The high-performance motion-bus network is now installed in Compax3 servo drives.
EtherCAT is an open, real-time, high-speed motion-bus network that operates over fast Ethernet at 100 Mbit. A fast-growing industrial network similar to other Ethernet-based motion-bus networks, the EtherCAT fieldbus option offers speeds that are faster than DeviceNet, ModbusTCP and Profibus.
The Compax3 with EtherCAT has already been successfully employed in tube bending, pharmaceutical automation, life science and packaging applications.
Parker's Compax3 servo drives utilise EtherCAT as a controlled node and implement the standard proven CAN over EtherCAT DS402 object library, improving the ability to work directly with third-party EtherCAT managing nodes on the market.
The release of the EtherCAT fieldbus option complements Parker’s existing Ethernet Powerlink (EPL) 100Mbit motion-bus platform.
These high-speed Ethernet based motion-bus systems greatly simplify controller-to-drive cabling with RJ45 (CAT-5e) connectivity. All major system parameters such as multi-axis servo trajectory updates, position, velocity, digital I/O and axis status are seamlessly handled in the background whilst providing tightly coordinated motion over multiple axis.