EtherCAT

All you need for development
and production.


HMS products and services enable you to...

  • connect EtherCAT to any other industrial network
  • connect your PC to EtherCAT, enabling PC based data visualization, configuration and analysis
What is EtherCAT?
EtherCAT Products and Services
IXXAT INpact multi-protocol PC interface
 

Connect your PC to EtherCAT

Ixxat INpact is a versatile industrial Ethernet PC interface with multi-protocol support.

  • Available in various form factors
  • For EtherCAT, Profinet, EtherNet/IP, Powerlink and Modbus-TCP
  • Designed for process data visualization, data acquisition, measurement and analysis applications

Ixxat INpact PC interface

 

What is EtherCAT?

EtherCAT is an open protocol enabling the data communication in automation systems, which was developed by the ETG (EtherCAT Technology Group) with significant contribution of the company Beckhoff.

EtherCAT represents a Class C Industrial Ethernet that carries data in a summation frame protocol with a time-controlled network access in standard IEEE 802.3 frames. Since the data is processed "on the fly" in hardware, EtherCAT has fast bus cycle times (< 100 µs) while maintaining a high data throughput. For applications with high consistency and synchronization demands (< 1 µs) appropriate mechanisms are available. As standard the CANopen object model is used for managing the data.