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.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
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.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

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

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me