MultiSlave Emulator: Powerful development and test tool for sercos

Paul Boughton

The sercos MultiSlave Emulator facilitates the emulation of a sercos network with multiple slave devices for development and testing of various network configurations.

A user-friendly interface supports the emulation of complete sercos networks and their connected sercos slave devices. These devices can be freely configured.

By reading out the available parameters from the physical devices and importing these into the MultiSlave Emulator, the emulation of the individual devices, as well as the complete network, can be executed with a minimum of effort. This tool supports the Windows XP and Windows 7 operating systems and is based on an active sercos PCI board from Automata GmbH & Co. KG.
The PC-based software tool was developed at the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW) in Stuttgart/ Germany and was presented by sercos international (SI) during the recent SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremburg.[Page Break]
Christoph Melzer, managing director of Automata, explains: "We have embedded the hardware-related sercos functions as well as the driver software in a single FPGA device which is part of the active PCI board. Therefore, the emulator does not require a real-time operating system. Because real-time extensions for Windows are not needed, the installation and operation of the tool is easy and user-friendly.”
Dr Armin Lechler, leader of the competence center and the certification office for sercos at ISW, University of Stuttgart, adds: "The sercos MultiSlave Emulator is extremely versatile. It supports control manufacturers and system integrators in their development and testing of different sercos network configurations. Furthermore, the actual machine configurations at the customer’s facility can be reproduced in an in-house laboratory, in order to execute error detection and diagnosis – with a minimum of hardware effort.“
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