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EtherCAT conference focuses on mobile applications

On February 6, 2013 the EtherCAT Technology Group held its kick-off event “EtherCAT in Mobile Applications.”

At the conference, a total of 115 participants received detailed information on the use of EtherCAT in mobile applications.

The number of participants that joined the EtherCAT in Mobile Applications event demonstrated the need for new technology in the mobile market.

At the event, users and manufacturers of mobile machines received detailed and practical information that provided insights into EtherCAT for mobile applications.

“Mobile applications are increasingly complex and the demand for energy efficiency and yield rates are rising," says Dr. Guido Beckmann who headed the event on behalf of the ETG and was one of the speakers on-site.

"Integration of cameras, web applications and fast control loops require shorter cycle times and more bandwidth. With its outstanding performance and flexibility, EtherCAT – as the ‘Ethernet fieldbus’ – is predestined to meet those needs.” 

Main subjects in the presentations included the special characteristics and challenges of mobile applications in the fields of EtherCAT communication, electrification of mobile machines, condition monitoring, test systems and functional safety.

In addition, application examples provided insights into the practical usage of EtherCAT in mobile machines.

Besides the representatives of ETG, Dr. Guido Beckmann and Martin Rostan, speakers from companies such as 3S-Smart Software Solutions, Beckhoff, BIBA, Broadcom, dSPACE, John Deere, TÜV Süd and Vector Informatik supported the event.

With over 2,200 members from 56 countries the EtherCAT Technology Group has become the largest fieldbus organization in the world. Founded in November 2003, it claimes to be the fastest growing fieldbus organization.

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