Various tools which can be used during development are also available. In addition to the possibilities listed below, various member companies and service providers also offer additional configuration, testing and development tools.
The Sercos Monitor is a powerful diagnosis tool for Sercos III networks which is available for free download from the Sercos website. It allows a comprehensive and detailed analysis of data traffic in Sercos III networks.
The Sercos Monitor supports the Windows XP and Windows 7 operating systems. The tool, which is based on the WinPcap interface, allows a retrospective evaluation of network records saved in pcap format, as well as real-time analysis of network traffic. The user-friendly interface and overview functions which are characteristic of Sercos III networks, such as topology, communication phases and service channel transfers, allow the analysis process to be started quickly and in a targeted manner. Experienced users also have comprehensive protocol and analysis functions available to them. Various views and filters allow an evaluation of Sercos III real-time telegrams and other Ethernet telegrams which is tailored to meet the user’s requirements. If required, the functionality of the Sercos Monitor can also be expanded with user-specific plug-ins.
Sercos IPS Conformizer
The Sercos IPS Conformizer is a free testing tool to verify the correct implementation of the Sercos Internet Protocol Services (S-IPS).
S-IPS defines various services to access devices in Sercos networks by using common Internet protocols. Some of these services are also called S/IP and are based on the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), as well as the User Datagram Protocol (UDP). These services include functions for device identification, network configuration, and access to Sercos parameters and diagnostics. In addition, the IPS defines a firmware update via the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP).
The speciality of IPS is that these services do not require a Sercos master or a running Sercos real-time communication. Even in cyclic real-time operation the specified services can be used. In this case the IPS telegrams are transferred via the UC-channel (Unified Communication Channel) of Sercos, without having a negative influence on the real-time behaviour of the network.
The PC-based Sercos MultiSlave Emulator allows the emulation of a Sercos network with multiple slave devices. The tool supports the Windows XP and Windows 7 operating systems and uses an active Sercos PCI plug-in card from Automata. A user-friendly interface allows the emulation of a complete Sercos network and connected Sercos slave devices. The emulated Sercos devices can be freely configured. By reading out the available parameters from the physical devices and importing these into the MultiSlave Emulator, the emulation of the individual devices, as well as the complete network configuration, can be executed with a minimum of effort.
Sercos International offers a test master to ensure the compatibility of Sercos III slave devices. This reference software helps to ensure that Sercos III slave implementation is carried out correctly so that slaves from different manufacturers are compatible and interoperable. Using this, the certification of a slave device can be carried out with the minimal amount of time and expense. The Sercos III Test Master is offered as a complete test and development environment for Sercos slave connections. It contains an active PCI Sercos III interface card, and the original reference software which runs on Windows XP without any additional real-time extensions.
The Sercos Slave Conformizer is used for official conformity tests of slave implementations which form the basis for formal certification. It can be purchased by manufacturers in order to check a product’s conformity to specifications during the development phase or to carry out a complete quality control inspection over the course of development. This helps reduce development time and optimizes conformity testing. A PCI plug-in card is used as test hardware for the Sercos Conformizer. The test cases can be configured with a scripting language and can be processed automatically. The test results provided in a protocol document can immediately be used to prove conformity. The scripting language and configurable ID number-based data makes it easy to adapt and expand test scenarios and to integrate manufacturer-specific tests.