Linear position transducers, network blocks, network cables, indicator lights, RFID read/write heads, tags, and processors are compatible with EtherCAT.
Traceability is the act of documenting every step in a process chain to gain visibility to improve on-time delivery, lean manufacturing, enhanced quality and regulatory compliance. It is also used to track assets, logistics and material movement. Traceability can be easily implemented over EtherCAT in a variety of ways, including using RFID systems native on EtherCAT.
Distributed Modular I/O with IO-Link gives EtherCAT works like USB for industrial automation and is easily configured in the engineering software with simple byte selections. Compatible technologies available with IO-Link are: RFID, non-contact couplers, valve manifold connectors, the Smart Light indicator and smart sensors like linear transducers and pressure sensors.
For position monitoring, linear transducers can provide closed loop motion control on the distributed clock or provide basic position measurement for applications that don’t require closed loop control.
Filed Under: TECHNOLOGIES + PRODUCTS, Design World articles, Cables + cable management, Lights • signal lamps • indicators, Sensors (position + other)