ABB Low Voltage Drives (www.abb.com), the world’s leading producer of electric drives and motors, has proudly announced the launch of the FECA-01 EtherCAT Adapter, which supports CANopen protocol over EtherCAT (CoE) protocol.
“Combining this feature-rich industrial fieldbus adapter with the ACS355 and ACS850 drives will make available a great drive solution for OEM’s or system integrators who are focused on the packaging, material handling, printing, rubber & plastics, and machine tool industries,” said ABB LVD Senior Platform Solutions engineer Chris Stamas.
The adapter’s flexibility offers easy and fast connectivity to major programmable automation interfaces/controllers that support Ethercat protocol including ABB AC500 programmable logic controller (PLC). Some of the applications for coupling with this advanced drive adapter are high-speed presses, packaging machines, injection molding machines, machine tooling (CNC), robotics, test beds, woodworking machines, high speed bottling lines (food and beverage) and materials handling / logistics.
EtherCAT is an Ethernet technology aimed at maximizing the capability of full duplex Ethernet bandwidth. It exceeds the overhead usually associated with Ethernet by using “on the fly” processing hardware. An EtherCAT bus comprises up to 65535 slave devices and a master system, linked together with standard Ethernet cabling. The incoming data are processed by the slave devices, which insert or extract them and shift the message to the next slave device, creating a loop.
Various protocols can be utilized as the application layer. ABB’s drive adapter uses the CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE) technology. Customers can create a robust solution out of the combination of this data infused protocol with the company’s ACS850 and ACS355 drives. It does not only provide real time control but also the capability to extract data in order to optimize applications.