Free Sercos webinars
Sercos International offers free webinars for personal development.
Rigobert Kynast, Technical Leader Sercos® III Communication at Bosch Rexroth AG, starts off the 2015 webinars by explaining the hotplug functionality.
A Sercos hardware failure or break in a cable does not result in a shut-down in communication. Instead, defective devices or cables can be replaced while the system is in operation, which significantly increases machine availability.
He explains how a master recognizes that a slave needs to be hotplugged, how a slave knows that it needs to activate a hotplug, and what happens if the connected slave device doesn't support the hotplug.
Furthermore, he discusses if a master always has to activate a hotplug when devices are connected, and the setup of the hotplug field in the MDT and AT telegrams. An explanation of the three hotplug phases, hotplug functions in a master and slave, and a note on when hotplugging is completed round off this webinar.
Peter Lutz, Managing Director of Sercos International, will present the second webinar on March 3. His topic is “Machine communication within the context of Industry 4.0” and he will explain how IT protocols and real-time protocols can co-exist via a uniform network infrastructure without hindering the performance of real-time communication (taking Sercos III as an example). Also explained is how the device-specific functions of automation devices can be made available not just locally via the real-time network, but also via any superordinate data infrastructure, such as OPC-UA.
Kynast continues his webinars on April 29 and June 17, both times speaking about topologies. The webinar on April 29 will cover Sercos devices with two ports and two connectors as well as the difference between physical and logical topologies. He will also give an example of simple physical topologies. The webinar also covers how a device detects the existing topology and how a topology extension with integrated power connection works.
The webinar on June 17 will cover the internal topology of a Sercos slave, the signaling of the internal topology in the device status, and topology properties of multi-slave devices. Kynast will also talk about topology changes by the master via device control and topology switching by the slave .
In addition to these technical webinars, Lutz will cover the benefits of gaining a Sercos certification in a webinar on May 6. He will also speak about the guidelines by which devices are tested and introduce tools, that can be used by companies to carry out a pre-test check. Lutz will complete the webinar by introducing authorized laboratories for Sercos certification.
All webinars are scheduled for 30 minutes plus additional time for a general exchange and questions. The webinars will all begin at 16 hrs CET (Central European Time).