HARTING adds EtherCAT connectivity to its industrial computer architecture

28 August 2017

HARTING has added EtherCAT connectivity to its MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) open source platform for industrial applications.

EtherCAT is a real-time Industrial Ethernet technology originally developed by Beckhoff Automation. The EtherCAT protocol which is disclosed in the IEC standard IEC61158 is suitable for hard and soft real-time requirements in automation technology, in test and measurement and many other applications. The main focus during the development of EtherCAT was on short cycle times (not greater than 100 µs), low jitter for accurate synchronisation (not greater than 1 µs) and low hardware costs.

With the EtherCAT interface, MICA can capture data directly, from industrial production networks via two M8 connectors, and transmit it to higher-level systems and cloud applications via various standard protocols such as OPC-UA and MQTT. 

Creating the EtherCAT functionality as an internal MICA function module enables it to deliver further benefits, such as protection class IP67, connectors suitable for industrial use and compliance with major industry standards.

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