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Sercos on course for growth: 5 million real-time nodes installed world-wide

With 5 million real-time nodes installed world-wide, Sercos has reached an additional milestone in its over 25 year history.

In 2014 about 480,000 new Sercos nodes were installed, of which Sercos III contributed a 54% share and Sercos I/II a 46% share. For several years, the Ethernet-based Sercos III has been showing double-digit growth, whereas the number of new installations for the conventional Sercos interface (Sercos I/II) has been declining slightly since 2012.

Sercos I/II is based on an optical fiber ring with speeds of up to 16 Mbit/s and is almost exclusively used for drive communication. In contrast, Sercos III is an universal automation bus based on Ethernet which can be used not only for interconnecting drives but for the entire range of automation devices. 

”With an installed base of over 5 million real time nodes and the growth forecast for the coming years, Sercos provides impressive proof of its high market relevance in real time communication in the industrial sector. An increasing number of users recognize the advantages of a standardized and consistent machinery network and benefit from the outstanding technical characteristics of Sercos III, as well as a wide range of suppliers and products,“ says Peter Lutz, Managing Director of Sercos International e.V.

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