Industry news EtherCAT Streaming binds EtherCAT segments to heterogeneous networks. Update on advanced physical layer for Industrial Ethernet 6 industrial ethernet book 2.2018 SOURCE: ETG EtherCAT standard with TSN for use in heterogeneous networks Using Time Sensitive Networking, industrial controls can contact a number of different EtherCAT segments in real-time through Ethernet networks. EtherCAT Automation Protocol can communicate between controls. THE ETHERCAT TECHNOLOGY GROUP (ETG) has supplemented EtherCAT with Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) technologies, expanding the field of possible EtherCAT applications to include heterogeneous network environments. With the help of TSN, industrial controls can contact a number of different EtherCAT segments in real-time through Ethernet networks. In doing so, no changes to the EtherCAT slave devices are required; the EtherCAT Device Protocol, including all high performance characteristics, is fully preserved. Also expanded by TSN is the EtherCAT Automation Protocol (EAP) for communication between controls, which will result in even more deterministic performance on this level. The ETG has specified the technology expansion in the form of a profile, which highlights the fact that no changes to the TSN standards are needed. This approach also considerably simplifies the adaptation to the final versions of the TSN technologies, because IEEE specification is not yet fully completed and published. The ETG has supported the development of TSN from the very beginning through active participation in the IEEE committee, and is coordinating the specifications through a liaison with the IEEE 802.1 Working Group. This ensures that the ETG will also be able to access the IEEE 802.1 specifications that have not yet been adopted. Therefore, the technology can be introduced almost at the same time as TSN. EtherCAT uses the TSN streams with any data rates for real-time communication above EtherCAT device segments. In the segment itself nothing is changed; the performance of the EtherCAT protocol built on processing on the fly, highly precise synchronization, flexible topology selection, excellent diagnostic capabilities and simplicity through fully automated addressing of devices are all fully preserved. Similarly, the thousands of different EtherCAT devices available worldwide do not need to be modified at all. The stream adaptation feature that connects the EtherCAT segment to the heterogeneous TSN network can be placed either in the last TSN switch or in the first EtherCAT slave device. News by EtherCAT Technology Group. ORGANIZATIONS ARE COOPERATING to promote developments for Industrial Ethernet to expand use of EtherNet/IP, HART-IP and PROFINET into hazardous locations in the process industry. FieldComm Group, ODVA and PI (Profibus & Profinet International) provided an update on the current status of technology and standards for an advanced physical layer for Industrial Ethernet that will be suitable for use in demanding applications in process instrumentation, commonly referred to as “APL.” The briefing explained industry activities and the projected timeline to realize an advanced physical layer for Industrial Ethernet for use with process automation field devices. The organizations are seeking to leverage the work currently underway in the IEEE 802.3cg Task Force, which is developing amendments to the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard for an Ethernet physical layer operating at 10 Mb/s over single-pair cable with power delivery, and additional developments being done by the suppliers to define the requirements and develop the necessary technology to achieve an Industrial Ethernet suitable for use in hazardous locations up to Zone 0, Division 1. News from ODVA.
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