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Drives get real time Ethernet modules

Drives get real time Ethernet modules
The latest option module to extend the functionality of Control Techniques' variable speed drives range, including the Unidrive SP family, is SM-EtherCAT, providing support for real-time, high performance Ethernet communication.

"We have been monitoring the market and listening to our customers, and this has resulted in us initially choosing EtherCAT over PowerLink," says Control Techniques' Imad Rajraji. "We also believe that EtherCAT potentially offers customers a greater benefit. EtherCAT is the first in our planned range of real-time Ethernet solutions with more protocols to follow."

The module is for use with Control Technique's full range of AC and servo drives from 0.37kW simple conveyor or pump control, through high precision servo applications to high power 1.9MW multi-mode drives. This allows customers to standardise their network across the whole machine.

The SM-EtherCAT module is the latest in a wide range of communication options that already include Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP as well as traditional fieldbus.

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