The functional principle of EtherCAT can be likened to a train, where data can be loaded and unloaded at each station (network device) while the train is passing the station at full speed. The train never stops and always sticks to its timetable. It returns to the same station with a precision of less than one microsecond. Based on Ethernet, EtherCAT enables to have both an adaptable network topology and a flexible number of nodes in the system.
Leine & Linde’s encoders with an EtherCAT interface have powerful electronics and, in addition to the position value, can deliver speed and acceleration values with great position and speed. Thanks to optimization of the electronics, the interface can also cope with the shortest cycle times, resulting in a broad range of applications in everything from process industry to steelworks and wind farms.
EtherCAT is being introduced into Leine & Linde's 600 and 900 series inductive encoders which make the interface available in absolute encoder sizes Ø58 mm and Ø100 mm.