The developers of Eckelmann AG have implemented an EtherCAT® Master in the company’s standard E°EXC 66 control. Drives can now be controlled directly via EtherCAT from the proven CNC control.
The unique technical features of the E°EXC 66 have proved reliable also in this upgrade: Due to its precise timing performance, the EtherCAT® Master itself functions as a distributed clock master. With full control over the bus clock, the controller keeps the system clocks’ deviations from each other within the nanosecond range. Especially in high-precision CNC operations, this is of paramount importance. The synchronized parallel operation of EtherCAT® and CAN is now possible. What deserves particular attention are the automatic bus scan and the automatic initialisation of the drive controllers, which save the user time-consuming configuration activities. CAN over EtherCAT® (CoE) is supported as a drive profile.
Together with Eckelmann’s CAN and sercos III solutions, this development covers a large selection of important field buses. Users of the new EtherCAT® version will, of course, benefit from the proven features of the E°EXC 66, its particularly high EMV resistance as well as its low power consumption and reduced power dissipation. The close integration of firmware and application—a typical feature of Eckelmann—facilitates technology-specific adjustments and the implementation of customer requirements. Within its range of CNC applications, Eckelmann offers a wide spectrum of technology-specific functions and the integration of special kinematic systems, especially in the areas of cutting technologies, profile processing as well as handling.