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New Version of the Sercos Monitor Available

Sercos International released a new version of the Sercos® Monitor as a free download at Hannover Fair 2016. 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.

With the oscilloscope function, signals can be visualized for easy analysis of value-over-time. The free configurability supports a broad variety of application options. For example, process data such as torque and speed values can be visualized individually or even collectively (Screenshot 1).

Screenshot 1. Oscilloscope function

The graphical visualization of the Sercos timing provides a quick and easy overview of the structure of the configured Sercos communication cycle (Screenshot 2).

Screenshot 2. Graphical visualization of the Sercos timing

Optimizations and improvements also relate to the execution of long-term measurements, especially to more easily record and analyze sporadic errors. Furthermore, additional monitoring functions (e.g., communication phase change, SVC timeouts and connection monitoring); enhancements of the Telegram Expression Language for a more exact definition of trigger and filter conditions; and enhancements to the Diagnostic Trace were implemented. In addition a direct export of the Sercos Monitor configuration from the CoSeMa open source driver is now possible. This eliminates the need to create the configuration of the Sercos Monitor based on a conducted phase switching.

The diagnostic tool is maintained by Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Systemtechnik in Esslingen, Germany. Manuel Jacob, project leader at Steinbeis, explains: "The Sercos Monitor supports the users of a Sercos III network in various ways. Service staff and system integrators can utilize a great number of tailor-made functions. The tool not only provides detailed information about the data that is exchanged within the network, but also presents it to the user in clearly structured and easily comprehensible units. This greatly facilitates troubleshooting in Sercos III networks."

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