Why do drive and automation technology need yet another Ethernet standard capable of real-time?
For one thing, our intelligent drive controllers need to be able to handle crosstalk without having to implement a controller or an industrial PC. Right now, only CAN is able to do this. Unfortunately, that bus system doesn?t have the uniformity that Ethernet does. That’s why establishing a standard based on ETHERNET Powerlink is the next logical step. In theory, an open Ethernet standard capable of real-time rests on three main concepts: time slot procedures, precise synchronization, and clear segmentation. Is this correct? Those are exactly the three things that our solution supports. Not only that, but this solution is so open that segmentation isn’t even necessary if there are low cycle time demands. There are other attempts underway trying to apply real-time Ethernet. What do you think of these efforts and why is Lenze supporting ETHERNET Powerlink in particular? As a matter of fact, a few companies are trying to make Ethernet suitable for automation engineering. However, ETHERNET