Pack Expo 2006: OMAC group demonstrates Ethernet protocol


The " Open Modular Architecture Controls " (OMAC) User Group expects to present a multi-vendor system of devices using Ethernet Powerlink protocol at the upcoming Pack Expo meeting in Chicago, IL, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2006. The packaging industry is said to require high levels of flexibility and throughput with low costs. Systems used should demonstrate high dynamics and perfect interaction of individual components, according to Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG). In the demonstration, all types of actuators, sensors, and I/O modules will be integrated into a Powerlink network in the OMAC system and communicate with each other.

Ethernet Powerlink installations reach a network cycle times of less than 200ernet Powerlink software can be implemented in standard Ethernet hardware.

"Only a product that continually proves its performance and openness will survive on the market", declares Dr. Edwin Kiel, chairman of the EPSG. "The trend is moving away from proprietary systems. Today, devices from various manufacturers need to interact with each other problem-free and perform to their fullest. Ethernet Powerlink meets these demands completely."

EPSG says Ethernet Powerlink (EPL) is "the only market-established real-time Ethernet protocol with micro-second accuracy. It is based exclusively on international standards and there are over 150,000 EPL nodes in use in traditional production machinery around the world." EPL is "an open standard for distributed automation solutions based on the Ethernet and CANopen profiles," and more than 300 facilitators, suppliers and users have implemented EPL, EPSG says, while over 150 mechanical engineers have completed EPL projects. Group members include: ABB Robotics, Alstom, Altera, Baldor, B&R, Eckelmann, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Hirschmann, infoteam Software, innotec, IXXAT, Kuka, KW Software, Lenze, Pepperl + Fuchs, port and Tetra Pak.

-- Edited by Mark T. Hoske ,
editor in chief , Control Engineering

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