ELxxxx, ETxxxx, FBxxxx | Hardware
The hardware components are used to develop high-performance EtherCAT slaves with real-time capability.
ETxxxx | Software
The software products are used to develop, test and configure EtherCAT devices.
Fast, flexible and precise
The EtherCAT technology has been specially optimized for speed, flexibility and precision. Every sensor, every I/O device and every embedded controller is supposed to be able to integrate an EtherCAT connection at a low cost. Carrying out conformity tests ensures the interoperability and compatibility of EtherCAT devices from different manufacturers. The correct behavior of a device is checked so that errors in the implementation process can already be detected and rectified during the development stage. Beckhoff offers hardware and software components for developing EtherCAT devices (master and slave implementation). This is backed up by EtherCAT developer training courses.
EtherCAT Test Centers (ETCs)
Beckhoff Automation is the operator of official EtherCAT Test Centers (ETCs) in Germany and in the USA. The ETCs carry out the official EtherCAT Conformance Test for EtherCAT slave devices in accordance with the specifications set out by the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG). Over and above this, the ETCs provide support when it comes to preparing tests and give qualified feedback.
If you would like to request an EtherCAT conformance test, please contact the ETG. A request form and other information regarding conformity are provided on the ETG website in the “Conformity” section. Select the preferred ETC when filling out the form. The ETG will forward your request to the ETC. You will then automatically receive a quotation from us without delay.
The ETG provides further information and frequently asked questions about conformance tests in the EtherCAT Conformance Guide.
You can get price information directly from the relevant ETC in Nuremberg (Germany) or Savage, MN (USA).
Interoperability test and handing over devices
The interoperability test is done in a heterogeneous network made up of different EtherCAT devices. The ETCs therefore ask all providers to provide their devices free of charge after the test so that they can stay in the interoperability network. In return the ETCs give the provider (and only the provider) qualified feedback if problems should occur. In this way the provider avoids costly follow-up support at the customer on site. The ETG provides further information about device donations in the device donation document.
Conformance Test Tool (CTT)
The ETC checks with the current version of the conformance test according to the specifications set out by the ETG.
Contact in Germany
EtherCAT Test Center (ETC), Nuremberg
c/o Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG
90482 Nürnberg, Germany
Phone: +49 911 54056-18
Fax: +49 911 54056-29
Contact in USA
EtherCAT Test Center (ETC), Savage, MN
c/o Beckhoff Automation LLC
13130 Dakota Ave
Savage, MN 55378, USA
Phone: +1 952-428-7399
EtherCAT seminar and EtherCAT workshops for developers
The EtherCAT basics are presented in the seminar. The seminar is aimed at developers as the recommended preparation for one of the workshops specified below.
The workshops are aimed at developers of EtherCAT slaves () or EtherCAT masters ( ). In addition to theoretical content they also include practical exercises. It is assumed that those taking part in the slave workshop have access to an Evaluation Kit (EL9820) and those taking part in master workshop have access to the Master Sample Code (ET9200). Basic EtherCAT knowledge is assumed.
The workshops are carried out by developers in manageable groups in German or English so that individual interests can be addressed. The number of participants is limited, so it is recommended to register in good time.
TwinCAT-3 training: EtherCAT
This course focuses on the EtherCAT bus system. The trainingis aimed at programmers wishing to learn about EtherCAT and its application options.
TwinCAT-3 training: EtherCAT – Diagnostics and extended functionalities
The training focuses on the advanced settings and application options of EtherCAT in conjunction with TwinCAT. The trainingis aimed at programmers who already use EtherCAT and want to benefit even more from the special features of the technology.