With the need to reduce takt times, improve yields and ensure traceability, the requirements for manufacturing systems are expanding.
To respond to these requirements, devices in the system are increasingly connected with networks.
However, for high-speed and high-precision applications such as motion control, it is necessary to adopt separate network in addition to the field networks.
EtherCAT, which can execute motion control in realtime, realizes high capacity communication required for field networks among a large number of nodes, while maintaining the high-speed synchronous-communication through its preeminent communication performance.
As an inter-system network that eliminates the barrier between motion networks and field networks, EtherCAT will contribute not only to a reduction of design works but also to a shortening of takt times.