The advantages of Ethernet and EtherCAT-capable measurement technology
Ethernet network technology impresses through its reliability, high data transfer rates, ease of integration into existing networks and low hardware costs. Specifically for measurement technology, an open Ethernet interface simplifies the integration of sensors into existing systems and the wiring needed is minimal. The operator may address the controller from anywhere via the IP address, evaluate the measurement data independent of location, and perform remote maintenance worldwide. With the help of EtherCAT, the Ethernet star topology can be replaced by a simple line structure. In automation technology in particular, EtherCAT is often used as a real-time Ethernet field bus. EtherCAT is characterized by its high performance, a low amount of wiring and by being open for other protocols. Micro-Epsilon relies on these benefits and will be launching more Ethernet and EtherCAT-capable systems on the market in future. A summary of Ethernet/EtherCAT products from Micro-Epsilon is provided below.