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Sercos Will Present Numerous Applications at Hannover Fair

Sercos International will present a number of demos during Hannover Fair in Hannover, Germany from April 25-29, in hall 9, booth G28.

A highlight will be the 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 will show Sercos as a motion and I/O bus with synchronization capabilities which allow a high performing MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) function.

Sercos Soft MasterAnother highlight will be the Sercos SoftMaster demo, which was developed in cooperation with Bosch Rexroth, ISG Industrielle Steuerungstechnik and Tenasys. This demo will show how the highest speed and hard real-time can be achieved using a standard Ethernet controller. Some renowned companies are already implementing the first projects on the basis of the Sercos III SoftMaster in cooperation with Bosch Rexroth AG.

In addition, various demo boards and products from a variety of companies which produce Sercos-capable products will be shown. Among them are new drives and controls from Bosch Rexroth, a Sercos Slave and Ethercat Master in one single device from Cannon-Automata (the new version of S3EC Sercos/Ethercat-Bridge) and more. Read more »

FREE Webinar -- May 9, "Handling procedure commands." This webinar explains when and why procedure commands are used in Sercos to access defined functions in the slave. Topics covered include: Sercos commands, user access to procedure commands, sequence of a procedure command in the master and slave, requirements if a procedure command is finished with or without error and diagnosis function for procedure commands. Read more and register »

The webinar will begin at 16:00 CET (10 am EST), will run approximately 30 minutes and there will be an opportunity for questions afterwards.

First Sercos Conference In Italy A Success -- Sercos International held its first Italian Sercos Conference in Bergamo, Italy on March 2, 2016 in co-operation with Bosch Rexroth, Hilscher, HMS and Schneider Electric. The 65 participants were particularly enthused by the level of detail and by the opportunities given for personal exchange and networking. Read more »

OPC UA Companion Specification for Sercos Released -- A newly released OPC Unified Architecture (UA) companion specification for Sercos describes the mapping of the Sercos information model to OPC UA so that the functions and data of Sercos devices are made available and accessible via OPC UA. This initiative aims at simplifying the communication between machine periphery and supervisory IT systems, supporting the requirements of Industry 4.0 regarding semantic interoperability. Read more »

Sercos International Establishes Working Group for Ethernet TSN -- A Sercos working group will evaluate the future real-time Ethernet IEEE 802.1 TSN (Time Sensitive Networks) standard regarding its suitability for high-speed real-time machine communication. Ethernet TSN comprises a series of IEEE 802 sub standards that include time-triggered data transmission, bandwidth reservation and measures to interrupt non-time-critical data streams. Thus, a completely deterministic communication within the IEEE 802 standard is possible. The newly established Sercos TSN working group will evaluate the future standard with respect to the achievable network performance (data throughput, latency times and real-time characteristics) and the required network management associated with different network configurations. Read more »

Sercos At SPS IPC Drives Show -- Sercos presented a SoftMaster demo at the recent SPS IPC Drives Show in Nuremberg, Germany. This demo is based on a Sercos III SoftMaster core, which is being made available as open-source software. Using the software, Sercos III hardware functions are emulated in host-based driver software, eliminating the need for a master FPGA or ASIC hardware component.
Read more about the OpenSource Master »

ISG – Industrielle Steuerungs -- A leading supplier of soft CNC, mMotion, and robotics solutions, demonstrated a PC-based Pick&Place robotics application that implemented the new Sercos SoftMaster from Bosch Rexroth on a Tenasys "Intime for Windows" RTOS platform. Motion programming is done via PLCopen-based function blocks using the Multiprog SoftPLC programming environment.

ke Next Magazin included the Sercos SoftMaster as part of its German-language exhibition check video. A similar English video from Tenasys is also available.

Sercos IP Core for Xilinx® 7 Series FPGAs and Zynq® SoC Family Available -- The IP core is available for Sercos III master and slave controllers (SERCON100M/S) for automation devices. Read more »

Sercos III IP Core Available for Altera Cyclone V

Cyclone VThe Sercos III IP Core is now available for Altera's low-cost, low-power Cyclone® V devices. The IP core is available for Sercos III master and slave controllers (SERCON100M/S). Read more »

Sercos Webinar Recordings Available

In the past several months, Sercos has presented a number of technical webinars that are now available for free download:

  • Service Channel Handling (September 2015)
  • Configuration of real-time data (August 2015)

See the full list »

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