EtherCAT Fieldbus


Design Features

  • EtherCAT interface for I/O
  • Master configuration
  • I/O addresses are automatically mapped as Tags in the controller for use by all modules (Operator Interface, Motion Program, and Scope tools)
  • PCI form factor
  • Two RJ45 connectors
  • Set up with or Beckhoff configuration tool

EtherCAT I/O is tightly integrated into the A3200 automation machine controller. Devices are configured with the card setup tool that generates the Fieldbus network topology definition. The user can then map the I/O with meaningful tag names that are available for use in the AeroBasic™ programming language directly, as well as in any of the applications such as the Scope or Motion Composer.

All EtherCAT I/O is easily mapped to the input and output memory. Programmers can map the I/O points to Tags that are shared with all parts of the system logic, motion, Operator Interface, or Scope tools. In the Scope tools, the Tags can be plotted alongside other I/O including drive I/O, motion states (position, velocity, acceleration, or motor currents), or other tags. The shared Tags are available in all of the programming languages automatically by name. Programming languages include AeroBasic™, LabVIEW®, C, or .NET. EtherCAT provides a standard interface into the full A3200 machine controller.