Ensuring interoperability of drive and motion control applications

01 March 2016

Clean interfaces between all components are necessary to ensure smooth running in drive applications. To ensure the interoperability of drive and motion control applications, certification of products with the Encoder profile are now available from PI.

The encoder profile belongs to the application profile class and, together with the PROFIdrive profile, defines uniform interoperable application interfaces for the different fields of use of drive technology and motion control based on PROFINET and PROFIBUS.
For a fully-automatic sequence and an automatic evaluation of test cases, the proven PROFIdrive profile tester will be used for the encoder certification test. A special test script set was developed for encoder certification, which is available for the latest profile tester version and controls the test sequence and the test evaluation for encoder devices in the test system. This increases the quality, reduces the test effort, and keeps certification costs low. 
The PROFIdrive profile tester with the encoder test scripts is available to PI members as a free download, giving encoder  manufacturers the opportunity to use the test system during development so that the certification test can be performed on a pretested device. The certification test will be performed by experienced PROFIdrive test labs.  

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