EtherCAT Technology Group Publishes Comprehensive 2014 Industrial Ethernet System Comparison

April 24, 2014
The Industrial Ethernet system is the core technology of modern control architectures and is incredibly important in influencing the overall performance and costs of a plant.
The Industrial Ethernet system is the core technology of modern control architectures and is incredibly important in influencing the overall performance and costs of a plant. The decision to use the correct industrial Ethernet system hinges on a review of the technology as well as the strategic features.
In order to provide best-practice information for selecting the right system, the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) has released a new system comparison guide. This comprehensive document is intended to be one of the most detailed and informative publications of its type. In conjunction with the recently completed Hannover Messe, the ETG published a reviewed version of the industrial Ethernet system comparison, which is now available for download here
The ETG document titled, “Industrial Ethernet Technologies: Overview and Comparison” gives valuable insight into today’s most important Industrial Ethernet technologies. Based on publicly accessible material and supplemented by detailed background information, it explains the technological principles of the different approaches and compares them among each other.
Additionally, strategic criteria such as the distribution of the systems and their stability are displayed. All technologies covered in the document are – such as EtherCAT itself – supported by various user organizations. The systems compared are PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, CC-Link IE, SERCOS-III, Ethernet Powerlink, Modbus/TCP, and EtherCAT.
The author of the document, Martin Rostan, Executive Director of the EtherCAT Technology Group, explained: “The goal of the study is to enable readers to make their own educated decisions based on well-researched information. The feedback to our previous version was very positive – with the updated version, the latest technology developments are now factored in, too.”
The industrial Ethernet system comparison from the ETG is widely regarded as one of the most detailed publicly accessible studies on this subject. As evidence, the document is one of the most frequently downloaded publications on the ETG website. The document in English language (and about 160 pages), “Industrial Ethernet Technologies: Overview and Comparison” is available for download here
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