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Safety over EtherCAT approved as Chinese National Standard

 Safety over EtherCAT approved as Chinese National Standard

October 5, 2018 –The safety technology for EtherCAT, FSoE, is now a recommended National Standard (GB/T) in China, effective October 1, 2018. FSoE, which stands for Fail Safe over EtherCAT but is also known as Safety over EtherCAT, provides integrated functional safety for EtherCAT and other communication technologies. The Chinese National Standard will boost the wide acceptance of EtherCAT even further, as manufacturers, vendors and users can rely on this stable and accepted technology.

Safety technology has become even more necessary for smart factory applications and automation projects in China, with user requirements for simplified architectures, competitive price points and flexible solutions for functional safety. While increasing safety for personnel on the production floor, FSoE also protects machines, which improves reliability and extends equipment lifecycles.

EtherCAT itself has been a Chinese recommended standard since 2014. With FSoE now also reaching this official status, end users, system integrators and device manufacturers alike have the reassurance that the entire EtherCAT technology ecosystem is fully accepted in China. This development will also further facilitate the implementation and use of Safety over EtherCAT in China and beyond.

The FSoE GB/T Standard 36006-2018 was announced during the recent Industrial Automation Show in Shanghai. The standardization process within the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) committee SAC/TC124/SC4 was supported by Instrumentation Technology and Economy Institute (ITEI) and the Chinese ETG team. 

ETG has also established an FSoE conformance test center in collaboration with TÜV SÜD China at Beihang University in Beijing to provide additional support for the technology as it continues to be implemented throughout China. ETG also held a Safety over EtherCAT seminar in Shanghai, which provided detailed information about the architecture, technology, implementation and user benefits of FSoE.

Both EtherCAT and FSoE are also international IEC standards, which automatically makes them nationally accepted standards in most countries. 

About EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG):

The EtherCAT Technology Group is an organization in which key user companies from various industries and leading automation suppliers join forces to support, promote and advance the EtherCAT technology. With over 5,000 members from 65 countries the EtherCAT Technology Group has become the largest fieldbus organization in the world.

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