- November 30, 2012
The PC-based software tool emulates complete Sercos networks and the connected Sercos slave devices.
November 30, 2012 - Sercos international (SI) released the sercos Multislave Emulator, a PC-based software tool that emulates a Sercos network with multiple slave devices.
This tool supports the operating systems Windows XP and Windows 7 and is based on an active Sercos PCI board from Automata. A user-friendly interface supports the emulation of complete Sercos networks and the connected Sercos slave devices. These devices can be freely configured. By reading out the available parameters from the real device and importing these into the Multislave Emulator, the emulation of the individual devices, as well as the complete network, can be executed with a minimum of effort.
Hardware-related Sercos functions as well as the driver software are embedded in a single FPGA device which is part of the active PCI board. Therefore, the emulator does not require a real-time operating system. Because real-time extensions for Windows were not needed, the installation and operation of the tool is easy and user-friendly.
The Sercos Multislave Emulator supports control manufacturers and system integrators in terms of the development and test of different Sercos network configurations. Furthermore, the real machine configurations at the customer’s facility can be reproduced in an in-house laboratory, in order to execute an error detection and diagnosis – with a minimum of hardware effort.
Sercos is one of the world’s leading digital interfaces for communication between controls, drives, and decentralized peripheral devices. Sercos has been used in machine engineering for more than 20 years and is implemented in over 3.5 million real time nodes. With its open, manufacturer-independent architecture based on Ethernet, Sercos III is a universal automation bus for all automation solutions.
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