Aerotech has added the EtherCAT to the A3200 Integrated Automation platform that offers motion control, PLC, and I/O in a single, integrated environment.
The EtherCAT interface provides users with the ability to seamlessly incorporate additional high- and low-power digital and analogue I/O into a system.
Users import the EtherCAT I/O configuration file into the A3200 MotionPAC PLC module making it available to all programmers. Users then use the MotionPAC mapping tool to connect EtherCAT I/O points to TAGs or variables.
The connections are made by dragging and dropping the EtherCAT I/O names onto the TAGs or variables defined in the MotionPAC, the Operator Interface, or any other module of the system. MotionPAC will automatically manage the memory associated with EtherCAT I/O mappings. There is no need for the programmer to assign memory addresses. While the programmer is free to view the memory assignments, they can also change or create them, if desired.