Baumüller Presents Fully Integrated EtherCAT Application in ProMaster Engineering Framework

  • April 24, 2006
  • Baumuller America
  • News
Application runs on application level Nuremberg. The Baumüller group presents an application at the Hanover Fair based on EtherCAT that corresponds to the real application level. Consistently configured with ProMaster, the application connects a controller-based PLC as the EtherCAT master with three EtherCAT slaves. An external device is also integrated in the system in addition to two drives.The Engineering Framework ProMaster from Baumüller makes it possible for the user to easily create projects and applications using intuitive drag & drop functionality. Simple parameterization and configuration takes the place of complicated programming universally through all levels of the machine from the perspective of the engineer. ProMaster reduces engineering complexity and time-to-market.For the first time, EtherCAT is now fully integrated in ProMaster in addition to CANopen. EtherCAT integrates and connects the IT network and the Internet with a fast real-time Ethernet solution for machine communication, thereby achieving a universal communication structure over all levels of the machine. ProMaster supports the EtherCAT communication structure.In the system presented by Baumüller at the Hanover Fair, a modular controller-based PLC functions as an EtherCAT master. It is also conceivable that a drive-based PLC be used as a master. Three EtherCAT slaves (could also be drive- or controller-based variants) are connected: one b maXX 4000, one I/O bus coupler and one position sensor from TR-Elektronik. The drive maps a cam disc motion that has been generated in ProMaster with Motion Control. The interaction between the components via EtherCAT becomes clear with changes to the sensor. The application demonstrates that external devices can also be easily integrated in an EtherCAT system with ProMaster. The integration uses the standard defined by the EtherCAT Technology Group and runs trouble-free. EtherCAT can emulate the already well-known CANopen device profile via CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE). The interface makes changing over the field bus quick and easy. The Servo over EtherCAT (SoE) protocol is also available as a slave.With its EtherCAT solution, Baumüller presents an application on a real application level at the Hanover Fair: An EtherCAT system with ProMaster is currently being field tested at the customer. The highly complex and remarkably dynamic machines are easily configured with the universal Engineering Framework ProMaster by plug & play. Visit Baumüller at the Hanover Fair. Find us in Hall 14, stand H07. The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) booth can be found in Hall 9, stand F13.About The Baumüller GroupThe Baumüller Group with its headquarters located in Nuremberg is one of the leading manufacturers of innovative electric drive and automation systems. About 1,700 employees plan, develop, produce and install complete and intelligent system solutions for mechanical engineering at more than 40 locations spread all over the world: From control cabinets to electric drives, from converters to controllers, also including software modules, Motion Control software as per PLCopen as well as operation and visualization tools.The Baumüller Reparaturwerk and Nürmont Installations GmbH & Co. KG add to the group’s after-sales service in the area of service and installations. Baumüller is worldwide one of the leading partners in automation in the printing, plastics, packaging and textile industry as well as in general motion. Learn More

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