|25 Years of SERCOS:
With Tradition and Innovation into the Future
December 17, 2010 -- Santa Rosa Beach, FL: At the recent SPS/IPC/Drives show, the SERCOS interface for digital communications announced its 25th year anniversary. The success of the SERCOS interface is certainly way beyond the wildest dreams of the pioneers of SERCOS 25 years ago. Their results have been accepted across the world and repeatedly characterize innovative automation concepts in thousands of applications in a large number of industries.
Initially there was a narrowly defined objective: the drive and control system suppliers wanted to define an open standard for the upcoming digital drive technology together with the machine manufacturers, with hard real-time capability as the ultimate benchmark. Naturally, SERCOS has developed further and incorporated technical advances at all times during its 25 years. For example, SERCOS III combines the approved real-time mechanisms with Ethernet physics, thus again 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," states Dr. Bernd-Josef Schäfer, chairman of the board of directors of SERCOS International.
More about SERCOS
SERCOS, SErial Realtime COmmunication System, is among the leading digital interfaces for communication between controls, drives and decentralized peripheral devices. SERCOS has been used in machine engineering for 25 years and is implemented in over 2.5 million real time nodes. With its open, manufacturer independent Ethernet-based architecture, SERCOS III is a universal bus for all automation solutions.