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Ethernet interoperability testing week

The first EtherCAT Interoperability Testing Week was designed to provide EtherCAT device developers with an online opportunity to improve interoperability.

By EtherCAT Technology Group March 9, 2021
The compact Beckhoff Automation EtherCAT EJ boards reduce footprint on VMek hardware. Standard LED lights, which can be seen through a window on the Metrix and Element machines, provide EtherCAT diagnostic information for operators. VMek sorting machines include the Metrix Analytic Lab Color Sorter and Element Analytic Production Color Sorter. Courtesy: Kevin Blackburn

The first EtherCAT Interoperability Testing Week of the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) was designed to provide EtherCAT device developers with an online opportunity to improve interoperability. It also helped users gain practical EtherCAT development know-how. The event also provided a platform for the device manufacturers to exchange knowledge.

With more than 75 registrations from all over the world, ETG’s first EtherCAT Interoperability Testing Week kicked off in early February. During Q&A sessions as well as numerous webinars on topics such as the EtherCAT Conformance Test Tool (CTT), EtherCAT Slave Stack Code (SSC), EtherCAT Slave Configuration Interface (SCI) or Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) implementation, participants were able to learn new things about EtherCAT and further deepen their knowledge base. In addition, device manufacturers had the opportunity to discuss their individual EtherCAT implementations directly with ETG experts in a protected virtual meeting room and to clarify possible open questions regarding development, interoperability and testing.

– Edited from an EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering Ethernet stories.


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