Glossary

EtherCAT

EtherCAT is an Ethernet-based fieldbus. EtherCAT is characterized by:

 

  • Full Ethernet compatibility
  • Internet technology even in the most common devices
  • Max. use of the Ethernet bandwidth
  • Applicable in real time
  • Low cost
  • Constant cycle time
  • All data is transmitted and received within a cycle
  • EtherCAT is faster than comparable fieldbus systems

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