EtherCAT Technology Group

Port Orchard, WA 98366


About EtherCAT Technology Group


PO Box 1305
Port Orchard, WA 98366

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Siemens White Paper

The ETG is a global organization in which OEM, End Users and Technology Providers join forces to support and promote the further technology development.

Products & Press Releases

Bosch Rexroth's pre-configured drive systems for CompactRIO by National Instruments.

Bosch Rexroth and National Instruments Partner on Motion Control

Aug. 28, 2015
A matched control and drive system designed for automating the test and measurement of machinery combines National Instruments’ controller and programming environment with Bosch...
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Questions About Replacing Fieldbus with Ethernet

Aug. 28, 2013
A reader questions a statement about Ethernet replacing fieldbus and opens up an interesting discussion about the application and status of both communication technologies.

Articles & News

EtherCAT devices come in form factors such as this PCB-board pluggable EJ terminal, standard EL slice, and machine-mountable EtherCAT box module from Beckhoff Automation. Source: Beckhoff Automation

EtherCAT Plays a Role in Multiple Industries

Why more than 7,000 companies rely on an Ethernet-based industrial networking protocol without IP addresses and switches.
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Is Time Sensitive Networking the Key to IT/OT Convergence?

As a vendor-independent standard that allows on Ethernet, TSN is poised to converge IT and operations networks. But some challenges remain in terms of cost, complexity, and need...
Fieldbus organizations like the EtherCAT Technology Group acknowledge the value of OPC UA and see it as a complementary standard in industrial control networking. Courtesy: EtherCAT Technology Group

How OPC UA Creates Interoperability and Gives Data Context

May 17, 2022
This second installment in a four-part series on key industrial network technologies explains why OPC UA continues to be recognized as the global interoperability method of choice...
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IT-OT Convergence Has Always Been The Path Forward

May 14, 2022
Long before Industry 4.0 and cloud-connected architectures became possible, innovators championed PC-based technologies for industrial automation.
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Network Protocols Harmonize Around Time-Sensitive Networking

Aug. 14, 2020
As the TSN standard nears completion, excitement is growing over the prospect of bringing IT and OT closer together. Industrial protocol associations have been working hard with...
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Not So Fast: TSN Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

Though standardization efforts for Time-Sensitive Networking continue at pace, it is still years before industry should expect to see a bumper crop of compatible products.
New Technologies Extend the Life of Legacy Fieldbus Networks

New Technologies Extend the Life of Legacy Networks

Jan. 24, 2019
Neither Ethernet nor fieldbus have all the answers for industrial applications. Suppliers and industry groups are working on ways forward that take into consideration the needs...
Martin Rostan of EtherCAT Technology Group (left) and Tom Burke of OPC Foundation (right)

New Industrial Technology Partnerships

April 30, 2015
Two announcements made at Hannover Fair 2015—one involving the EtherCAT Trade Group and OPC Foundation and the other involving Bosch Rexroth and National Instruments—highlight...
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Airbus Joins EtherCAT Technology Group as Organization’s 3000th Member

Dec. 17, 2014
Membership growth at the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) has reached another major milestone: With the addition of Airbus Operations GmbH, the ETG recently passed the 3000 member...
ITEI’s Dr. Dan Liu introduces the Chinese EtherCAT standard.

China Adopts EtherCAT as a National Technology Standard

Nov. 11, 2014
The EtherCAT Technology Group, which recently welcomed the organization’s 1000th member from Asia, announced another milestone in the global adoption of this industrial Ethernet...

Videos & Resources

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Industrial Ethernet and Time-Sensitive Networking Converge

July 8, 2022
How Time-Sensitive Networking enables Ethernet to merge multiple traffic types on the same network.
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How OPC UA and MQTT Enable Interoperability

June 24, 2022
A look at how the OPC UA and MQTT industrial communications methods enable interoperability between automation devices and systems.

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Faster Finishing

Aug. 6, 2014
For one machine builder and its commercial printer customer, advanced servo drive technology and the high-speed motion capabilities of an EtherCAT network were essential upgrades...
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The Race to Ethernet

Dec. 6, 2013
An exclusive Automation World survey asks how interest in legacy field bus technology is holding up in the face of industrial Ethernet advances. Results reveal some concerns, ...
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Solid Infrastructure Simplifies Network Expansion

Feb. 5, 2013
Fieldbus or Ethernet? Fiber optic cabling? Managed switch? These are a few of the infrastructure decisions that need to be considered.
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Networked I/O Rides the Ethernet Wave

Users are taking advantage of the different ways suppliers are exploiting Ethernet and the various communications protocols available to distribute I/O devices.
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Network Determinism: Not Just for Motion Anymore

Feb. 2, 2012
Engineers know that Ethernet is a stable and well-known industrial network, but building determinism into the network to enable control has been an issue that is now solvable....
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Safety Network Systems Explained

Feb. 2, 2012
Now sanctioned by global industry standards, safety networks are increasingly desirable in the U.S. Here’s how both process industry users and manufacturing machine users benefit...