Monday, July 9, 2012

Sercos III v1.3: Automation Optimization

Continuing its shift from early days as a set of specifications, to its current status as the leading universal bus for digital solutions in mechanical automation applications, Sercos recently introduced Sercos III v1.3. This latest specification comprises two new profiles as well as two new services. Read on for more details

Energy Profile: Sercos III v1.3 can not only improve your production efficiency, but also your energy efficiency, with customizable events and parameters to ensure that energy consumption only occurs in process-critical circumstances.

Encoder Profile: Allows for further system integration by making the interface of absolute and incremental encoders available to all network devices.

Oversampling Service: This is where the digital shift really makes a difference. Oversampling allows for faster-than-real-time data acquisition and transmission for equidistant values. For the fastest, most time-critical applications, such as laser cutting or marking, the procedure allows for data to be collected and processed, at a faster speed.

Time-Stamping Service: Allowing for event triggers separate from the clock cycle, the time-stamping procedure operates based on value acquisition and command activation based on time stamps. This service is especially useful in semiconductor and solar manufacturing.

Of course, this is just an overview of the advances present in Sercos III v1.3. For full details, read the announcement here, and visit IIS to see how the specification can be put into action.

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