benefit from its real-time performance in their automation solutions. The POWERLINKCODESYS master will be tested at the upcoming POWERLINK plugfest, with a goal to certify POWERLINK products that will work together on both the slave and the master side. The BE.services software package has been integrated to provide advanced functionality and includes the ability to confi gure master and slave parameters, as well as device-specifi c parameters. This information is obtained from the standardized device description files (XDD) provided by product manufacturers. In addition, there is support for advanced POWERLINK functions such as poll response chaining, cross-traffi c and modular devices. Linux is generally used as the operating system, preferably with a real-time extension. But openPOWERLINK can also be used without an operating system, or with Windows. Potential applications for the POWERLINK/ CODESYS combination range from the automation of individual machines, to production lines or entire factories. Mobile automation and process control systems are also possible areas of application. The source code for the openPOWERLINK stack is available under the BSD license free of charge from SourceForge. The stack is entirely software based and completely scalable; it can be deployed on an FPGA or an x86 system, so users can choose their hardware platform. Moreover, the open-source approach provides investment protection. That’s becoming an persuasive argument, especially in this time of disruptive business models. The CODESYS implementation also offers key advantages for new designs as well. CODESYS implementation Within CODESYS, fieldbus and industrial Ethernet communication modules are generally implemented using IEC 61131 languages, which are by nature slower than a native porting. The openPOWERLINK stack is modular and is available in C++. It can therefore be compiled directly on the hardware platform and benefi ts from FPGA hardware acceleration. In collaboration with the OPC Foundation, the EPSG has also developed a companion specification that enables data to be exchanged between OPC UA and POWERLINK. Users get the benefit of POWERLINK’s performance at the machine level, as well as the benefi ts of OPC UA TSN as the future standard for communication at the controller level and into the cloud. Dr. Christoph Gugg, Technology Manager, Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group and Dimitri Philippe, CEO, BE.services. Technology Uptime. Anywhere. Your track to high-speed networking Industrial IP67 Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switches with PoE+ Red Lion’s versatile NT24k-16M12 managed switches feature 16 all-Gigabit copper M12 X-code ports and is housed in a dust proof and water resistant IP67-rated enclosure. The NT24k-16M12 is designed to provide reliable operation in railway and other industrial applications subject to shock, vibration and other extreme conditions. POE budget configurable across all 16 ports, the Bypass relay ports enable data to continue to flow even in the event of a power outage, making this an ideal choice for rail applications. Visit www.redlion.net/Nt24k to learn more. +31 (0) 33 4723-225 I email@example.com I www.redlion.net © 2017 Red Lion Controls, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Hall 8 - 327 The POWERLINK Confi guration Editor can be used to confi gure master and slave devices. Applications can be written in the CODESYS IDE using any IEC 61131-3 language.
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