SERCOS III testing system ensures interoperability

A test tool for slave devices on the SERCOS III Ethernet-based automation bus ensures that SERCOS III slave implementations from different manufacturers are compatible and interoperable.

07/29/2010


The SERCOS III Slave Conformizer test tool for slave devices on the SERCOS III Ethernet-based automation bus ensures that SERCOS III slave implementations from different manufacturers are compatible and interoperable. Certification test software is available to manufacturers who wish to pre-test SERCOS III slave devices in their facilities prior to the formal testing at the SERCOS test lab. This provides a high assurance of passing the formal test at minimal time and costs.

The SERCOS III Conformizer provides a test and development environment for SERCOS III slave devices. It includes an active PCI-SERCOS III interface card and the test software, which runs under Microsoft Windows XP without the need for real-time extensions.

The Conformizer is said to be easy to use with a graphic user interface (GUI) based on the Eclipse framework. Tests activated by the GUI are specified using the Ruby script language. Pre-defined scripts are available for testing the communication, the generic device profile, and the function-specific profiles for drives and I/O points. Product- and vendor-specific scripts can be easily integrated.

www.sercos.com/products/sercos3_test_master.htm

Also read:

High Performance Industrial Networks, original research by Control Engineering

http://www.controleng.com/index.php?id=483&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=18932&cHash=062910Plug into Industrial Ethernet Protocols

Industrial Networks: Open Source

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com



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