Sercos PlugFest report

  • June 04, 2014
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June 4, 2014 - Sercos International, supplier of the Sercos automation bus, welcomed around 25 technology and automation vendors as well as end users from various industries to its 13th PlugFest on May 7 and 8 at the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing (ISW) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. More than 30 products were intensively tested with each other to insure the interoperability of Sercos products. Among the tested items were 10 drives such as CNCs, PLCs, RCs and motion controls as well as electrical and pneumatic peripheral components.   A total of 100 master-slave combinations were also successfully tested. In addition, extensive network configurations were tested with drives and various slaves of different vendors. Peter Lutz, Managing Director of Sercos International, commented, "The PlugFests have been very well accepted by the Sercos community and they offer vendors an ideal opportunity to check the high grade of interoperability of the Sercos automation bus. We’ll continue to optimize the PlugFests and will incorporate feedback from this event for the 14th PlugFest in October.” The 14th Sercos PlugFest is scheduled for October 15 to 16, 2014. About Sercos International Sercos International is an association of users and manufacturers that is in charge of technical development, standardization, certification and marketing for the Sercos automation bus. Conformance tests guarantee that Sercos implementations are standard-compliant ensuring that devices from different manufacturers are interoperable. Based in Germany, the organization presently has more than 90 member companies located around the world and has national liaison offices in North America and Asia. About Sercos The SErial Realtime COmmunication System, or 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 approximately 25 years and is implemented in over 4 million real-time nodes. With its open, manufacturer-independent Ethernet-based architecture, Sercos III is a universal bus for all automation solutions.

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