The Sercos interface was created in the 1980s by the German ZVEI and VDW organizations to specify an open digital interface that would ease the transition from analog to digital drive technology. It was originally intended to be a drive interface, mainly used for advanced machine tool applications. It now has become a universal motion control interface, accepted worldwide in a myriad of industries.
There are over 500,000 applications around the world, with
more than 3 million Sercos nodes installed. These range from relatively simple applications to highly demanding high-speed, high-precision contouring and positioning applications.
interface applications include:
All types of machine tool applications, including high-speed transfer lines; machining centers; milling, drilling and turning machines; tool, cam and crank grinding machines; precision gear cutting machines; dial machines; metal forming machines; presses and more.
Material handling systems and robots
Assembly and test machines
Food and beverage manufacturing machines
Semiconductor production machines
Textile processing machines
Fiber winding machines
Applications such as wavemaking machines and telescope control