Pack Expo 2006: OMAC group demonstrates Ethernet protocol

10/05/2006


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





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Salary and career survey: Benchmarks and advice; Designing controls; Remote data collection, historians; Control valve advances; Hannover Messe; Control Engineering International
System integration: Best practices and technologies to help; Virtualization virtues; Cyber security advice; Motor system efficiency, savings; Product exclusives; Road to Hannover
Collaborative robotics: How to improve safety, return on investment; Industrial Internet of Things, Industrie 4.0: World views; High-performance HMI, Information Integration: OPC and OMG
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
PLCs, robots, and the quest for a single controller; how OEE is key to automation solutions.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
click me