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Report from Hannover Fair -- At the recent Hanover Fair, Sercos International presented Sercos technologies that are secure for the future. These included the transmission of the Sercos® III real-time protocol via Ethernet standard IEEE 802.1 TSN (Time-Sensitive Networks) using a Sercos TSN demonstrator. The Sercos TSN demonstrator was created by the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW, University of Stuttgart) with support of several industry partners. It shows a real-time and multiprotocol-capable network infrastructure based on TSN for automation technology.

The Industry 4.0 demonstrator from Sercos International highlighted how process and device data are made available not just locally via the real-time bus, but also via OPC UA for a whole range of different application scenarios in a uniform and cross-manufacturer manner. Read more »

An Industry 4.0 demo was shown by Renesas Electronics that accelerates industrial networking application development using the new RZ/N series microprocessors. The RZ/N series supports both industrial network protocols and network redundancy protocols for Industry 4.0 on one single chip. The RZ/N brings together multiple industrial networking technologies within a single chip, enabling system manufacturers to develop systems supporting a variety of industrial network protocols and network redundancy protocols in less time.

A Sercos SoftMaster demo was also presented, offering high speed and hard real-time by using a standard Ethernet controller. Learn more in this article.

The Sercos Slave Prototyping demo with EasySlave Kit for Arduino rounded off the demos shown at the fair. Steinbeis Embedded Systems Technologies GmbH developed a Sercos III product that uses an Arduino board as a rapid prototype platform for the application and a corresponding shield 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 prototypical Sercos application, from which corresponding Sercos III devices are then derived and implemented. 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. Real-time redundancy is shown by disrupting and restoring one Sercos connection at a time. The system detects the interruption within one cycle, indicates the point of interruption on the screen, switches to line mode and continues operating. After the Ethernet cable is reconnected, the network heals itself into redundant ring mode within one cycle while all functions continue working.

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.

As illustrated below, both demos were shown at the recent 2016 Industrial Automation North America Show in Chicago.

View a video from the show »

View a flyer describing:
Multi-Vendor 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 International and its members will exhibit at worldwide trade shows and conferences in 2017 --
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Sercos over TSN makes its debut -- At the recent SPS IPC show, 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. Read more »


Sercos Webinar Recordings Available

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

  • Sercos SoftMaster (March 2017)
  • 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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