C5.2 - EtherCAT - The new standard for measurement applications - Central backbone for distributed systems

Jens-Achim Kessel
In the past years EtherCAT has become a world wide accepted new standard in automation and control. In November 2003 the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) was founded and it has grown up to about 900 members from 45 countries in January, 2009. EtherCAT was designed and developed as an open high performance Ethernet-based fieldbus system. The development goal of EtherCAT was to apply Ethernet technology to automation applications which require short data update times (also...