HEIDENHAIN announces ETEL-brand AccurET controls with EtherCAT compatibility
August 12, 2019 – Available in North America from HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION is a version of the ETEL-brand AccurET controls with EtherCAT compatibility. As EtherCAT communication moves from “mid-end” automation to more high-end machine control applications, demand for this has been increasing. With that in mind, ETEL now allows its product users to take advantage of its line of products while still being able to utilize this fieldbus system.
ETEL’s AccurET controls have been utilizing its TransnET proprietary fieldbus with a variety of machines within the Semiconductor and Electronics industries for many years. And now with an EtherCAT compatibility option, customers can utilize the controller without changing their whole existing communication architecture and machine software.
Using the standardized CoE (CANopen over EtherCAT) protocol, any computer or PLC can be used as a “master. Here one central computer controls all of the factory machinery by supporting a number of nodes and a large variety of devices. It also does not require any product specific development which allows it to integrate extra drives without developing software, granting a type of “plug and play”. With these capabilities added to AccurET (compatible with AccurET48, AccurET300, AccurET400, and AccurET600), it is able to provide features to high-end automation where complicated movements with high-performance trajectories are needed.