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New YouTube Video on Sercos® Interoperability Demo

Sercos Interoperability Demo No 1 includes 17 products from 10 manufacturers running interoperably on the Sercos automation bus.

Sercos Interoperability Demo No 1 includes 17 products from 10 manufacturers running interoperably on the Sercos automation bus. A video of the demo can be viewed on YouTube »

The demo shows that Sercos has the functionality and performance to operate synchronized motion, I/O and safety while allowing full TCP/IP communication with each device over a single Ethernet ring. 

Demo products include a motion control system, electric servodrives, hydraulic controller, pneumatic valve interfaces, a safety control, several I/O modules, a temperature controller, a multi-turn absolute encoder, a gateway for SSI encoders, a gateway switch for TCP/IP Ethernet telegrams, a PLC/IO/stepper interface, a positioning system and a machine control panel. Manufacturers represented on the demo include Aventics, Bosch Rexroth, CANNON-Automata, Feller Engineering, Festo, halstrup-walcher, Hilscher, LinMot, Phoenix Contact and TR Electronic.

The video shows user interaction with the demo--use of a touch screen to select product details; positioning of the encoders, performance of safe motion functions using CIP safety over Sercos while the light curtain is broken, and jogging the positioning system. Viewers see Sercos real-time Ethernet redundancy in action when an Ethernet cable is disconnected (or damaged). The system detects an interruption/restoration within one cycle and indicates interruption information to the machine controller and on the display screen. More importantly, the system switches to real-time line mode and remains fully operational during the Ethernet cable interruption. When the Ethernet connection is restored, the system automatically heals itself and operates in Ethernet ring redundancy mode.

Since 1988, Sercos' standardized parameters, engineering units and functions have been the foundation for interoperability between vendors, while reducing training requirements for end users. Sercos has used vendor device certification for over 20 years to ensure this interoperability.