EtherNET like we know it, is a network protocol which computers use to communicate with each other through a Local Area Network i.e. LAN. This is a widely used protocol in daily life, where transport of big amounts of data is common. However for industrial applications, where transport of smaller amounts of data is more common, this protocol is not ideal.
EtherCAT provides an innovative solution for this problem. It is a protocol that is becoming more and more used at the moment. Using the standard connections of an EtherNET communication, we get an efficient industrial network with a low cost wiring compared with other industrial networks.
The goal of our project is about to implement an EtherCAT network to control a pump installation, using Beckhoff equipment.
To get this goal, we will implement a Beckhoff system which will be able to control the installation automatically. This gives us the possibility to work in different areas of electronics. To start, we have to make the sensors of the pump installation compatible with the Beckhoff slave devices. Next step will be to use the data from the sensors to control the installation. We will use a Beckhoff software tool called TwinCAT to program a PLC in Structured Text language. This PLC will work as a master device in the automated pump installation. Finally, we will create an interface which will be shown on a touch panel to control and configure the variables of the pump installation.
If you want to cite this thesis in your own thesis, paper, or report, use this format (APA):
VANSCHOONBEEK, K., PEREZ, D. (2009). FPDA-2 Ethercat Experience.
Unpublished thesis, Xios, IWT.