Synchronization and determinism are important considerations when selecting an industrial control system and the associated fieldbus. Additionally, it’s important for field devices to have network-wide interrupts for activating outputs, capturing input data, oversampling or latching events. These are all significant facets in the overall network synchronization scheme.
This webinar will explain how the Distributed Clock mechanism in EtherCAT works to meet all of these functions using properties inherent to the protocol. This can be done using a standard Ethernet network adaptor, all without the overhead of IEEE 1588.
Attend this webinar to learn:
-How Distributed Clocks (DCs) in EtherCAT facilitate measurement of propagation delay throughout the system and synchronize network devices to a single time value
-What EtherCAT slave devices can do to facilitate temporal behavior for outputs and inputs as well as implementing data oversampling
-More about some of the concepts that enable EtherCAT to have a high scan rate as well as high levels of synchronization