| February 6, 2013
sercos international e. V: Development and Test Tool for Sercos
The sercos MultiSlave Emulator facilitates the emulation of a sercos network with multiple slave devices for development and testing of various network configurations.
A user-friendly interface supports the emulation of complete sercos networks and their connected sercos slave devices. These devices can be freely configured. By reading out the available parameters from the physical devices and importing these into the MultiSlave Emulator the emulation of the individual devices, as well as the complete network, can be executed with a minimum of effort. The tool supports Windows XP and Windows 7. The hardware-related sercos functions as well as the driver software are embedded in a single FPGA device which is part of the active PCI board, so that the emulator does not require a real-time operating system. Because real-time extensions for Windows are not needed, the installation and operation of the tool is easy and user-friendly. It supports control manufacturers and system integrators in their development and testing of different sercos network configurations. Furthermore, the actual machine configurations at the customer's facility can be reproduced in an in-house laboratory, in order to execute error detection and diagnosis - with a minimum of hardware effort.
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