EtherCAT® Plug-in Module

EtherCAT® Add-on Terminal

EtherCAT® Microstep Driver

EtherCAT® Start-Kits


EtherCAT® Features

  • High-Speed Ethernet

The transimission rate of EtherCAT® is 2 x 100 Mbit/s which makes EtherCAT the Fast Ethernet with full-duplex feature. For example, 1000 digital I/O can be distributed to 100 nodes in 30 µs.

  • Precise Synchronization

The DC (Distributed Clocks) in EtherCAT® can lead to exact adjustment with less 1 µs in synchronization with Master and slaves.

  • Lower Solution Costs

With EtherCAT filedbus, IPC can be replaced by PC-based system with smaller volume. Ethernet port is fine for EtherCAT connection through CAT5 LAN cable.

  • Open Technology

EtherCAT is diclosed to SEMI, IEC, and ISO standard. The Master is available for various Real-Time Operating System, such as, INtime, Linux, and so on.


EtherCAT® System Configurations

  EtherCAT® consists of Master and slaves. Each slave has its ESI file with .xml format. TwinCAT® is the EtherCAT® utility which is developed by Beckhoff. The TwinCAT® automation suite forms the core of the control system. Through TwinCAT®, the Master can generate an ENI file with all the information of Master and slaves in .xml format.


EtherCAT® Data Transmission

  In EtherCAT® network, the Master sends an Etherne frame passing through all of the slave nodes. Each EtherCAT® datagram is a command that consists of a header, data and a working counter. EtherCAT® datagrams are sent by the EtherCAT® Master to all connected EtherCAT® slaves. The data exchange is cyclically updated between Master and slaves.