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Sercos highlights 2015

In 2015, Sercos International celebrated its 25th anniversary as a user organization and the 10th anniversary of the Sercos III technology.

Much has happened in these years that contributed to Sercos®’ development from a digital drive interface towards a high performance and universally usable automation bus.

Last year, Sercos announced the release of the OPC UA Companion Specification for Sercos that describes the mapping of the Sercos information model to OPC UA so that functions and data of Sercos devices are made available and accessible via OPC UA. This initiative aims at simplifying the communication between machine periphery and supervisory IT systems, supporting the requirements of Industry 4.0 regarding semantic interoperability. More information…

Sercos also announced the availability of the Sercos III IP Core for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs and devices of the Zynq SoC family.
The IP core is available for Sercos III master and slave controllers (SERCON100M/S) for automation devices. It includes hardware functions, such as timing, synchronization and processing of cyclic and non-cyclic data on the basis of two integrated Ethernet MACs. Sercos III master and slave devices can be implemented as a single chip solution using Xilinx Artix®-7 FPGAs, other FPGAs of the 7 series or Zynq SoC devices, which integrate an ARM® dual-core Cortex™-A9 processor. More information…

Another highlight was the availability of a Sercos III SoftMaster implementation as open source software. It will now become much easier for vendors to develop a Sercos III Master and also benefit from optimizations and additions to the software. Thus, Control systems can be designed easier, more compactly and at competitive prices. More information…

Sercos also exceeded 5 million real-time nodes installed world wide and established a working group to evaluate Ethernet TSN and it's usability for fast, real-time machine communication.

Exhibitions, conferences, seminars and a forum acted as media to spread the Sercos information and also acted as a platform for exchange of trends and developments. Hanover Fair, SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, Germany and Parma, Italy, ION in Japan, two PlugFest events and the Machine Communication Forum were the event highlights in 2015.

Various optimizations in communication took place by launching the Japanese website and the world wide member portal.

Last but not least, a great number of new products in various categories added to the growth of Sercos-capable products. These can be viewed here.  

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