EtherCAT Technology Group Membership Soars to Over 100 Companies
Over 100 companies sign on in first eight months of groups existenceMINNEAPOLIS, July 28, 2004 As a recent addition to the history of fieldbus organizations, the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) is having an exceptional start. The 100th membership application arrived by fax at the ETG head office in Nuremberg, Germany in late June, 2004. The ETG has gone from its initial formation to over 100 companies participating as members in less than eight months. Currently, companies from the U.S., Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany are represented in the ETG. Several inquiries from companies based throughout South America, Africa and Australia have also been received. "Of course, the sheer number of ETG members isnt our sole measure of success, Martin Rostan, ETG executive director, explained, "but this indicates the tremendous worldwide interest in EtherCAT. We are particularly pleased about the considerable level of member participation at our ETG events, which shows that the members are indeed committed to EtherCAT and want to actively utilize the technology. EtherCAT, the real-time Ethernet technology for control applications developed by Beckhoff, is making headway at all levels. Development and technical testing of EtherCAT was completed successfully in close cooperation with select pilot customers and the technology continues to be presented in detail to other interested companies at ETG meetings. While several special protocol features - partially prompted by contributions from ETG members - are still being added, implementation from FPGA to ASIC has already started. International standardization of EtherCAT has also been initiated successfully. EtherCAT has become an established industrial Ethernet technology, and many Ethernet-related symposia, conferences and workshops now regularly feature it as a topic of discussion. This is also apparent from the numerous awards given to recognize EtherCAT over recent months. EtherCAT has attracted best new technology awards in the U.S., Germany, Sweden and Poland. More information about the ETG, ETG members and EtherCAT can be found at www.ethercat.org. The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) is a forum in which key user companies from various industries and leading automation suppliers join forces to support, promote and advance EtherCAT technology. The ETG aims to ensure the compatibility of EtherCAT implementations by defining functional requirements, conformance tests and certification procedures. Along with free membership, group members get preferred access to specifications, white papers, prototype evaluation products and initial batch products giving them a head start in evaluating and implementing EtherCAT technology.
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