Enhanced Industrial Networking

Feb. 1, 2006
The latest revision to the TwinCat product line is aimed at bringing PC-based PLC and motion control together with next generation Ethernet.

TwinCat 2.10 has functions for scanning hardware connected to systems via the vendor’s high speed, deterministic EtherCat, as well as Profibus, CANopen, DeviceNet, SERCOS, real-time Ethernet and Lightbus. TwinCat 2.10 also provides faster and easier diagnostics by comparing networks to system configurations and identifying what hardware is physically present. Building on its previous ability to support multiple fieldbus networks simultaneously, TwinCat 2.10 adds support for EtherCat, meaning high-speed EtherCat devices can be added to systems while continuing to use other fieldbuses and I/O devices. TwinCat 2.10 has the ability to set different update rates for different drives. It also provides fully functional programming of remote target systems for easier programming of the vendor’s BC, BX, CX and PC controllers.