Free Sercos SoftMaster now available in a ready-to-run package -- The Sercos SoftMaster is a software-based Sercos® Industrial Ethernet master that is implemented on standard industrial-PC hardware (X86 or ARM) with a variety of operating systems supported. Dedicated hardware is not required, providing cost savings in many applications.
Bosch Rexroth has made the Sercos SoftMaster available as free open source software on SourceForge.net. They also offer a free Sercos-on-a-Stick livesystem--a complete stand-alone demo Sercos driver package on a USB thumb drive. This includes the SoftMaster based on INtime® Distributed RTOS from TenAsys Corporation, and a test application. Read more »
OPC UA Companion Specification for Sercos Released -- This specification describes the mapping of the Sercos® device model and the Sercos device profiles to OPC UA, so that functions and parameters of Sercos devices are made accessible via OPC UA in a vendor-independent manner. This initiative aims to simplify the communication between machine periphery and supervisory IT systems and to support the requirements of Industry 4.0 regarding semantic interoperability. Read more »
Webinar: Field diagnosis made easy with the Sercos Monitor -- scheduled for Sept 25 at 10 AM EST -- When analyzing fieldbus communication problems during development and in the field, telegram based analysis tools such as wireshark are normally used. This is very time consuming and also requires a comprehensive knowledge of the fieldbus being used.
The Sercos Monitor was developed to overcome the shortcomings of existing tools and to provide an easy yet thorough analysis for Sercos networks. This includes Sercos related views, telegram and event based triggering and filtering of telegrams, and easy configuration. Dr. Andreas Selig, team leader communication support at Bosch Rexroth, will lead the webinar. Read more and register »
Sercos Launches Chinese website -- www.sercos.cn offers great depth of information on the Sercos automation bus for the Chinese community. The technology section offers detailed information related to the automation bus, its functioning, and its design principles. Detailed information on certification, the certification process, vendor codes and certified products can be found in the certification section. The site also includes a vendor product section; application reports; downloads of tools, forms, brochures and webinar recordings; and an organization section.
Report from Hannover Fair -- At the recent Hanover Fair, Sercos International presented Sercos technologies that are secure for the future. Read more »
Sercos Multi-Vendor Demos -- Two multi-vendor interoperability demos illustrate how motion, I/O and peripheral products from several vendors can inter-operate over the Sercos automation bus. They show how Sercos, EtherNet/IP, TCP/IP and CIP Safety messages can be transmitted over a single Ethernet cable without requiring additional hardware nor tunneling of the protocols. 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 2016 IANA show »
View a flyer describing:
Multi-Vendor Demo 1.
Multi-Vendor Demo 2.
Sercos International and its members will exhibit at worldwide trade shows and conferences in 2017 -- Meet Sercos International in August in India and Japan and learn more about the latest technologies, products and trends.
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Sercos Webinar Recordings Available
In the past several months, Sercos has presented a number of technical webinars that are now available for free download:
- Consistent communication with Sercos & OPC-UA (May 2017)
- Sercos SoftMaster (March 2017)
- Time-sensitive Networking: an overview and working model--in cooperation with CISCO (November 2106)
- IO-Link integration in Sercos (September 2016)
- Configuration & usage of real-time bits (June 2016)
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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