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EtherCAT Technology Group announces support for EtherCAT G
October 24, 2019

EtherCAT Technology Group announces support for EtherCAT G

EtherCAT G was introduced by Beckhoff Automation in 2018 as an extension of the EtherCAT standard. Beckhoff recently presented the gigabit technology addition to the ETG, and after thorough review, the organization’s Technical Committee accepted it. Right now, the ETG is working to add EtherCAT G to the corresponding technology specifications.

Beckhoff Automation announces opening of Boston and Philadelphia area offices.
September 11, 2019

Beckhoff Automation announces opening of Boston and Philadelphia area offices.

Both locations will provide additional applications engineering, sales and training resources. Automation Technology showrooms at the two offices will also offer hands-on experiences with Beckhoff hardware and software for engineers and business leaders.

EtherCAT Technology Group holds first Safety over EtherCAT Plug Fest
July 23, 2019

EtherCAT Technology Group holds first Safety over EtherCAT Plug Fest

A total of 36 participants from 18 different companies came to Verl, Germany to test their FSoE devices for interoperability, and in total they brought nine masters, 15 slaves as well as one stack and one tool

Beckhoff Automation announces Kevin Barker as President
February 14, 2019

Beckhoff Automation announces Kevin Barker as President

As the new president, Barker will oversee all sales, engineering, marketing and administrative operations from the headquarters of Beckhoff Automation LLC in Savage, Minn. (Minneapolis area).

EtherCAT Technology Group announces Dmitry Dzilno election to Board of Directors
December 04, 2018

EtherCAT Technology Group announces Dmitry Dzilno election to Board of Directors

Dzilno has been instrumental in making EtherCAT a fieldbus in chip manufacturing. He is currently Head of Engineering at the ALD Division as Managing Director and Senior Principal Member of Technical Staff at AMAT.

 Safety over EtherCAT approved as Chinese National Standard
October 05, 2018

Safety over EtherCAT approved as Chinese National Standard

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

Beckhoff Automation announces opening of Carlsbad, California Office
October 04, 2018

Beckhoff Automation announces opening of Carlsbad, California Office

October 4, 2018 – Beckhoff Automation opened a new San Diego-area sales office in Carlsbad, Calif. The 2,000-square-foot office provides sales and application support for Beckhoff customers in Greater San Diego. With a large training room, the office will provide numerous educational opportunities for [...]

Beckhoff Automation to highlight EtherCAT and TSN networking, Smart Factory technologies at Hannover Messe USA 2018
August 14, 2018

Beckhoff Automation to highlight EtherCAT and TSN networking, Smart Factory technologies at Hannover Messe USA 2018

Beckhoff will exhibit in the Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD) USA section in booth 134417. During the show, Beckhoff will also support the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) at partner booth 134117.

Moxa, Hirschmann, Hilscher and Xilinx to implement TSN stream adaptation functionality in their TSN switches and infrastructure
May 08, 2018

Moxa, Hirschmann, Hilscher and Xilinx to implement TSN stream adaptation functionality in their TSN switches and infrastructure

This will allow users to directly connect EtherCAT slave devices and entire networks to heterogeneous TSN domains without any change or modification to the EtherCAT devices.

EtherCAT Technology Group adds TSN technologies to EtherCAT
December 21, 2017

EtherCAT Technology Group adds TSN technologies to EtherCAT

With the help of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), industrial controls can contact a number of different EtherCAT segments in real-time through Ethernet networks. In doing so, no changes to the EtherCAT slave devices are required

CODESYS announces CODESYS-compatible SoftPLC for open Linux device platforms
September 18, 2017

CODESYS announces CODESYS-compatible SoftPLC for open Linux device platforms

As of now, SoftPLC systems for the device platforms PFC 100 from WAGO and SIMATIC IOT2000 from Siemens are also available. Both systems are based on an open Linux operating system and are designed to work in industrial environments.

Beckhoff to feature automation and IT convergence at Pack Expo 2017
August 29, 2017

Beckhoff to feature automation and IT convergence at Pack Expo 2017

Visitors to the Beckhoff booth will again be able to “BYOD”, using their own smartphones and tablets to connect with PC-based control demos – including a wall of IoT-enabled devices, plus articulated robot arms from Stäubli – using any mobile device with a web browser.

PLCopen announces PLCopen Safe Motion version 1.0
August 02, 2017

PLCopen announces PLCopen Safe Motion version 1.0

The specification “PLCopen Safe Motion” version 1.0 – official release – is now available on the PLCopen website for downloading. This new solution is based on an existing functionality as already specified in PLCopen Safety: SF_SafetyRequest.

IntervalZero to highlight vision-controlled motion for collaborative robots at TAIROS 2016
January 26, 2017

IntervalZero to highlight vision-controlled motion for collaborative robots at TAIROS 2016

IntervalZero, a solution for transforming Windows into a real-time operating system (RTOS), will be showcasing its innovative RTX64 solution and the KINGSTAR platform for PC-based motion control and machine vision at the Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robot Show (TAIROS) in Taipei, Taiwan from August 31 – September 3, 2016.

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HARTING to introduce MICA with EtherCAT at SPS IPC Drives
November 21, 2016

HARTING to introduce MICA with EtherCAT at SPS IPC Drives

MICA’s modular Open Source Software Architecture makes it a solution for developing edge and cloud applications in production. The first EtherCAT production model will be available at the beginning of 2017.

Beckhoff to highlight IIoT hardware and software tools at IMTS
August 10, 2016

Beckhoff to highlight IIoT hardware and software tools at IMTS

Visitors to booth E-4410 will have the opportunity to use their own smartphones and interact with PC-based control demos – including the ability to connect to an entire wall of IoT-enabled devices and a 6-axis robot arm using any mobile device with a web browser.

EtherCAT Technology Group marks 10th meeting of Semiconductor Technical Working Group
June 13, 2016

EtherCAT Technology Group marks 10th meeting of Semiconductor Technical Working Group

The high level support of some of the industry’s biggest tool manufacturers demonstrates the high acceptance level of EtherCAT technology in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

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EtherCAT technology group to officially support EtherCAT P
May 06, 2016

EtherCAT technology group to officially support EtherCAT P

Moving forward, EtherCAT P, which combines the well-known benefits of EtherCAT with power supply on the same cable, will be supported and promoted by the ETG.

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Toyota selects EtherCAT as industrial Ethernet technology
May 04, 2016

Toyota selects EtherCAT as industrial Ethernet technology

The announcement was made by Morihiko Ohkura, General Manager of the Toyota's Production Engineering Innovation Division during an EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) press briefing at Hannover Messe 2016

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Servotronix supplies controls for Gleason machines
April 11, 2016

Servotronix supplies controls for Gleason machines

Servotronix’s motion-control system for Gleason includes the softMC motion controller and four CDHD drives, running over an EtherCAT bus and controlling three linear axes and one rotary axis

EtherNet/IP leads Industrial network market shares
February 10, 2016

EtherNet/IP leads Industrial network market shares

HMS says Industrial Ethernet is growing faster than before and now accounts for 38% of the market. EtherNet/IP is in first place within industrial Ethernet globally.

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Beckhoff Automation opens Silicon Valley Technical Center
December 01, 2015

Beckhoff Automation opens Silicon Valley Technical Center

Office in San Jose, Calif. to provide local sales and engineering for Beckhoff customers throughout California.

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APLEX Technology Announces EtherCAT-Compatible Industrial PC Solutions
June 23, 2015

APLEX Technology Announces EtherCAT-Compatible Industrial PC Solutions

APLEX Technology Inc. announced today that its industrial PC solutions are compatible with EtherCAT® Ethernet fieldbus technology to enable integration into real-time automation applications.

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May 28, 2015

Servo2Go offers Advanced Motion Controls EtherCAT products

AMC’s EtherCAT products consist of panel mount and plug-in servo drives to allow for quick prototyping and ease of system integration.

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Industrial networking trends point to global expansion
April 23, 2015

Industrial networking trends point to global expansion

Industrial Ethernet Book
According to HMS, PROFIBUS remains the most widely used industrial network globally but several networks are closing up. PROFINET and EtherNet/IP compete for first place within industrial Ethernet and no network consolidation is in sight—and there’s no mention of Foundation Fieldbus…at all.

April 16, 2015

OPC Foundation and EtherCAT Technology Group to cooperate

The two will cooperate on Industrie 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) communications.

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Deutschmann promotes Dominik Litzinger to Head of Software Development
March 24, 2015

Deutschmann promotes Dominik Litzinger to Head of Software Development

The computer science master and system electronics engineer has been working as a developer for the automation manufacturer since 2009.

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February 25, 2015

Microchip Licenses EtherCAT Technology

Microchip plans to introduce Ethernet controllers with EtherCAT.

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November 25, 2014

Industry 4.0 Meets the Internet of Things

Automation World
At PackExpo, Beckhoff exhibited a display, developed with Matrix Packaging Machinery, that connects data from a delta robot via EtherCAT to the cloud for access by mobile devices and Google Glass.

China Adopts EtherCAT as National Standard
October 22, 2014

China Adopts EtherCAT as National Standard

On October 21, Dr. Wei Sun, representative of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), made the announcement.

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Beckhoff Automation hosts EtherCAT Plug Fest
September 25, 2014

Beckhoff Automation hosts EtherCAT Plug Fest

For a period of two days, participants subjected their EtherCAT masters and slaves to rigorous interoperability testing, discussed open questions, and prepared the devices for future marketing.

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Servo2Go carries 14 more Servo Drives from Advanced Motion Controls
August 26, 2014

Servo2Go carries 14 more Servo Drives from Advanced Motion Controls

60Amp and 100Amp servo drives in the DigiFlex Performance family are available with CANopen, EtherCAT and RS232/485 communications.

August 01, 2014

Profichip joins EtherCAT Technology Group

Profichip´s EtherCAT Master and Slave ASICs can be used in all devices in the factory network.

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Watlow temperature controller Receives EtherCAT Conformance Certificate
July 29, 2014

Watlow temperature controller Receives EtherCAT Conformance Certificate

Watlow’s EZ-ZONE passed conformance testing at the new North American EtherCAT Test Center based in Savage, Minnesota.

UL Certifies Moxa EDR-810 Router for Hazardous Locations
July 28, 2014

UL Certifies Moxa EDR-810 Router for Hazardous Locations

Moxa received Class 1, Div. 2 certification from UL for its EDR-810 industrial multiport router, qualifying it for safe use in oil and gas refineries, offshore platforms, fueling stations, and other areas containing volatile liquids, gases or vapors.

Profichip celebrates its 15th anniversary
July 21, 2014

Profichip celebrates its 15th anniversary

In 1999, Wolfgang Seel founded the company and initially developed microchips for the PROFIBUS system – one of the most important bus systems in the automation industry.

Most used Ethernet protocols
July 18, 2014

Most used Ethernet protocols

Control Engineering
According to a Control Engineering Study of 16 Ethernet protocols, the leading responses were EtherNet/IP at 72%, TCP/IP and UDP at 67%, followed by Modbus TCP, Profinet and EtherCAT.

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North American EtherCAT Test Center Issues First Conformance Test Certificate
May 30, 2014

North American EtherCAT Test Center Issues First Conformance Test Certificate

The first official certificate for a successfully tested EtherCAT device was issued not long after the new North American EtherCAT Test Center was accredited by the ETG.

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May 14, 2014

Sigthsys signs Port as distributor in Germany

Sightsys provides stacks, libraries, tools and services for CANopen, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT and POWERLINK.

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More industrial Ethernet spending, more productivity
December 17, 2013

More industrial Ethernet spending, more productivity

Control Engineering
By Mark Hoske
Control Engineering research on industrial Ethernet shows that half of respondents expect to spend more in the next 12 months. Most used Ethernet protocols among respondents were EtherNet/IP, TCP/IP and UDP, Modbus TCP, Profinet, and EtherCAT.

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