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Sercos Multi-Vendor Demos -- Two multi-vendor interoperability demos illustrate how motion, I/O and peripheral products from several vendors can inter-operate over the Sercos automation bus. They show how Sercos, EtherNet/IP, TCP/IP and CIP Safety messages can be transmitted over a single Ethernet cable without requiring additional hardware nor tunneling of the protocols.

The recently expanded multi-vendor interoperability demo #1 now includes 18 automation products from 11 manufacturers connected using the Sercos automation bus. Multi-vendor interoperability demo #2 includes 23 Sercos products from 12 manufacturers, all running interoperably.

Assembly ShowDemo #1 (on right in photo) will be displayed in Bosch Rexroth booth #431 at the Assembly Show in Rosemont, IL on October 24-26. http://www.theassemblyshow.com/

FABTECH Demo #2 (on left in photo) will be displayed in Bosch Rexroth Booth #A2807 at the FABTECH 2017 show on November 6-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago. https://www.fabtechexpo.com/

The demos provide information on key Sercos technology. Hands-on user interaction with the demos is encouraged: rotate the encoders; perform safe motion while the light curtain is broken; push on a load cell for readout; command actuators, operate safety systems, explore gateways/bridges to other Ethernet networks and more. Real-time redundancy is shown by disturbing an Ethernet cable, disrupting one Sercos connection. The system detects the interruption within one cycle, indicates the point of interruption on the screen, switches to line mode and continues operating. After the Ethernet connection is restored, the network heals itself into redundant ring mode within one cycle while all functions continue working.

View a video from the 2016 IANA show »

View a flyer describing:
Multi-Vendor Demo 1.
Multi-Vendor Demo 2.

Free Sercos SoftMaster now available in a ready-to-run package -- The Sercos SoftMaster is a software-based Sercos® Industrial Ethernet master that is implemented on standard industrial-PC hardware (X86 or ARM) with a variety of operating systems supported. Dedicated hardware is not required, providing cost savings in many applications.

Bosch Rexroth has made the Sercos SoftMaster available as free open source software on SourceForge.net. They also offer a free Sercos-on-a-Stick livesystem--a complete stand-alone demo Sercos driver package on a USB thumb drive. This includes the SoftMaster based on INtime® Distributed RTOS from TenAsys Corporation, and a test application. Read more »

OPC UA Companion Specification for Sercos Released -- This specification describes the mapping of the Sercos® device model and the Sercos device profiles to OPC UA, so that functions and parameters of Sercos devices are made accessible via OPC UA in a vendor-independent manner. This initiative aims to simplify the communication between machine periphery and supervisory IT systems and to support the requirements of Industry 4.0 regarding semantic interoperability. Read more »

Sercos Launches Chinese website -- www.sercos.cn offers great depth of information on the Sercos automation bus for the Chinese community, including technology, certification, vendor products, application reports, organization, and downloads of tools, forms, brochures and webinar recordings.

Sercos International and its members will exhibit at worldwide trade shows and conferences in 2017 -- Meet Sercos International in August in India and Japan and learn more about the latest technologies, products and trends.
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Sercos Webinar Recordings Available

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

  • Consistent communication with Sercos & OPC-UA (May 2017)
  • Sercos SoftMaster (March 2017)
  • Time-sensitive Networking: an overview and working model--in cooperation with CISCO (November 2106)
  • IO-Link integration in Sercos (September 2016)
  • Configuration & usage of real-time bits (June 2016)

See the full list »

Sercos YouTube Channel

A number of videos from Sercos International and various member companies are available on YouTube in German, English and Italian. Videos in English include:

- Sercos at IANA
- What is Sercos?
- Blended Infrastructure
- One Bus Fits All
- The Sercos SoftMaster
- Delta Robot Application
- Customer Statement - CAMA Group
- Peter Lutz Discusses Sercos at Industrial Ethernet Forum in Italy

Issue #54 of the Sercos newsletter is now online
The latest issue of the Sercos newsletter details the latest developments of the interface, plus more.
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