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Sercos over TSN makes its debut at this year's SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany -- Sercos International demonstrated the transmission of the Sercos III real-time protocol via Ethernet standard IEEE 802.1 TSN (Time-Sensitive Networks) with a Sercos® TSN Demonstrator that shows a real-time and multiprotocol-capable network infrastructure based on TSN for automation technology.

The demonstrator involves a TSN-based Sercos III SoftMaster with a Soft CNC from ISG, which communicates with Bosch Rexroth Sercos III servo drives via Hirschmann TSN switches. Through this TSN network infrastructure, video streams of a webcam are transmitted to a remote display in parallel with the servo communication, without impairing the characteristics and functionality of the Sercos real-time communication. Read more »

Sercos Slave Prototyping with EasySlave Kit for Arduino -- Arduino is an inexpensive physical computing platform with open source hardware and software components. The hardware consists of a simple I/O board with a micro-controller plus analog and digital inputs and outputs. The programming uses C and/or C++, while technical details such as header files are largely hidden from the users. Extensive libraries and examples simplify programming.

Steinbeis Embedded Systems Technologies GmbH has developed a Sercos III product that uses an Arduino board as a rapid prototype platform for the application and a corresponding add-on shield module with a Sercos EasySlave FPGA, as well as other peripheral components. With these compact elements, the developer uses free and freely available software tools to create his prototype Sercos application, from which corresponding Sercos III devices are then derived and implemented. Read more »

Sercos at IANA Show -- The Sercos User Groups presented two multi-vendor interoperability demos plus other products from member companies at the recent Industrial Automation North America Show in Chicago.

Multi-vendor interoperability demo #1 includes 16 automation products from 10 manufacturers connected using the Sercos automation bus. Multi-vendor interoperability demo #2 includes 23 Sercos products from 11 manufacturers, all running interoperably.

View a video from the show »

View a flyer describing:
Multi-Vender Demo 1.
Multi-Vendor Demo 2.

Sercos Interoperability Demo #2 was also presented in the Bosch Rexroth booth at the recent Fabtech show. BRC reports that there was an excellent level of interest in the demo.


Sercos Webinar Recordings Available

In the past several months, Sercos has presented a number of technical webinars that are now available for free download:

  • Time-sensitive Networking: an overview and working model--in cooperation with CISCO (November 2106)
  • Configuration & usage of real-time bits (June 2016)
  • Procedure of command handling (May 2016)

See the full list »

Sercos YouTube Channel

A number of videos from Sercos International and various member companies are available on YouTube in German, English and Italian. Videos in English include:

- Sercos at IANA
- What is Sercos?
- Blended Infrastructure
- One Bus Fits All
- The Sercos SoftMaster
- Delta Robot Application
- Customer Statement - CAMA Group
- Peter Lutz Discusses Sercos at Industrial Ethernet Forum in Italy

Issue #54 of the Sercos newsletter is now online
The latest issue of the Sercos newsletter details the latest developments of the interface, plus more.
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