SERCOS III testing system ensures interoperability
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.
– Edited by Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com