Sercos News from 2016 Hanover Fair -- Sercos International recorded a 50% increase in contacts at the recent Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, compared to the previous year. Despite the visit of US president Barack Obama and the subsequent closure of hall 9 on the first exhibition day until late noon, Sercos recorded significantly more visitors by that afternoon. Read more »
New Version of the Sercos Monitor Available As A Free Download -- This diagnostic tool facilitates a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the data traffic in Sercos III networks. The new version supports the new features of Sercos version 1.3.1, as well as the recording and analysis of CIP Safety frames, the S/IP protocol, and hot-plug procedures in a Sercos III network. Special highlights are an oscilloscope function and a graphical visualization of the Sercos timing. Read more »
Sercos News -- Sercos News 01/2016 is now available. This 32-page magazine contains articles on recent Sercos developments and interesting applications. Download »
Demos and Displays -- A highlight of the Sercos booth was a Hexapod demo from Bosch Rexroth, which is offered as a fundamental motion system (drive- and flight simulator, also simulator for other uses). The system is available in different sizes and varieties (electrical and hydraulic), depending on usage and load capacity, and with its own Sercos master-based drive. This demo showed Sercos as a motion and I/O bus with synchronization capabilities which allow a high performing MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) function.
Another highlight was the Sercos SoftMaster demo, which was developed in cooperation with Bosch Rexroth, ISG Industrielle Steuerungstechnik and Tenasys. This demo showed how the highest speed and hard real-time can be achieved using a standard Ethernet controller, for example the Intel i210.
In addition, there was an OPC UA Info Point, where visitors could learn more about the OPC UA Companion Specification for Sercos. Various parameters of different Sercos III master and slave devices can be extracted and/or changed, using a Windows 10 based tablet and an OPC UA client application. Sercos-specific device and function profiles can thus be made available for one or more OPC UA clients, independent of the product or manufacturer.
Various demo boards and products from a variety of companies were displayed. Among them were new drives and controls from Bosch Rexroth and a Sercos Slave and Ethercat Master in one single device from Cannon-Automata (the new version of S3EC Sercos/Ethercat-Bridge).
CANNON-Automata Gateway Between Sercos and Standard-Ethernet -- The S3NP-Gateway couples Sercos real-time Ethernet busses with standard Ethernet networks. It allows an easy connection of Sercos-based control systems with the IT world and the integration of non-real-time capable peripheral devices equipped with a standard Ethernet port. Peripheral devices with Ethernet interface, such as operator panels, marking systems, RFID readers etc., can use the S3NP-Gateway to communicate directly with the machine controller via TCP/IP or any other standardized protocol. The S3NP-Gateway has two Sercos ports and one standard Ethernet port to connect peripheral devices or LAN access points directly or through an Ethernet switch. The standardized UC channel (UCC) is used for communication over the Sercos bus. It enables the transmission of Ethernet telegrams in parallel with the Sercos real-time data. The S3NP-Gateway is a passive device does not act as slave on the Sercos bus. This makes installation easy and avoids configuration effort.
FREE Webinar -- Sept 26, "Integration of IO-Link into Sercos." This webinar explains how IO-Link is integrated into the Sercos® protocol and how to implement IO-Link gateways or use IO-Link devices subordinate to Sercos. Topics will include: sub-bus structure in the Sercos FSP_IO; sub-bus tunneling protocol; IO-Link data transmission--cyclic, acyclic, diagnostics; sub-bus startup, device identification; device and port configuration; and an example of usage within the PLC. Read more and register »
The webinar will begin at 16:00 CET (10 am EST).
Sercos Webinar Recordings Available
In the past several months, Sercos has presented a number of technical webinars that are now available for free download:
- Smart cameras - in cooperation with Vision & Control (April 2016)
- Sercos-based modular compact vision system - in cooperation with IMAGO Technologies (February 2016)
See the full list »