Happy 25th anniversary to SERCOS

04 January 2011

At the SPS/IPC/Drives show in November, the SERCOS interface for digital communications between controls, drives and decentralized peripheral devices, announced its 25th year anniversary.

Initially, the SERCOS (SErial Realtime COmmunication System) interface had a narrowly defined objective, when a group of drive and control system suppliers, in collaboration with machine manufacturers, wanted to define an open standard for the upcoming digital drive technology, with hard, real-time capability as the ultimate benchmark.

Over the past 25 years SERCOS has developed further, with the incorporation of continual technical advances. SERCOS III, for example, combines the approved real-time mechanisms with Ethernet physics, increasing its acceptance in the fields of mechanical and plant engineering.

As a universal and open automation bus, SERCOS combines powerful motion and logic applications with current safety concepts and a broad range of peripherals.

“SERCOS International considers its 25th anniversary as recognition of past success and commitment to the future. We will continue the success story of this open real-time standard and we are looking forward to pushing the limits of the technologically feasible together with machine and plant manufacturers in the upcoming years and decades as well,” said Dr. Bernd-Josef Schäfer, chairman of the board of directors of SERCOS International.

SERCOS III today is a universal bus for all automation solutions. boasting implementation in over 2.5 million real time nodes.

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