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Beckhoff Announces Support for EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control & Automation) Technology Group

December 112003
Beckhoff Automation announces the support of the EtherCAT Technology Group. There are over thirty end users, industrial suppliers, and OEM’s committed to the EtherCAT Technology Group, and the number is growing. “Companies committed to lead the technology in their industry recognize the benefit of high speed yet inexpensive Ethernet based control communication and join the EtherCAT technology group. We are proud to have such well known names as Applied Materials, Imperial Tobacco and Husky Injection Molding within the organization” says Martin Rostan, EtherCAT product manager and EtherCAT Technology Group secretary.

The EtherCAT Technology Group established a website www.ethercat.org for communicating information to all interested parties. EtherCAT Technology Group members are very excited about EtherCAT because it has the performance and requirements necessary to meet current and future demands for Ethernet at the control level.

EtherCAT, Ethernet for Control and Automation, is leading the wave of fast and robust, open Ethernet control networks. EtherCAT media is well suited for control environments since it can be operated with or without switches. EtherCAT has 80% bandwidth utilization resulting in high performance such as updating 100 axis of motion in 100us. EtherCAT is open since it uses standard Ethernet Network Interface Cards, will be a published specification and the technology is based on input from the EtherCAT Technology Group. The Technology Groups involvement ensures future EtherCAT developments maintain pace with New Automation Technologies required by the market. Technical experts from a variety of industries provide application feedback and make sure that EtherCAT meets the demands of their applications. The Technology Group is interested in expanding their presence. Additional information can be found at www.ethercat.org.

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Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven technologies so that customers can implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and Motion Control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” Product range includes PC based Control, Industrial PC’s, Automation Controllers, Operator Interface, I/O, Servo Drives, and Motors. With representation in 35 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide sales & service to its customers. Sales and service is handled directly, no intermediates involved, to provide faster response and easier communications.

For more information, please visit: www.beckhoffautomation.com

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