EtherCAT Master Classes
End users and/ or system integrators expect a defined minimum functionality and interoperability when selecting an EtherCAT Master device. But not every master has to support all features of the EtherCAT technology. This directive defines Master Classes with a defined set of master functionalities. In order to keep things simple only 2 Master Classes are defined:
- Class A: Standard EtherCAT Master Device
- Class B: Minimum EtherCAT Master Device
The principle idea is that each implementation should aim to meet Class A requirements. Only if resources prohibit, e.g. on embedded systems, at least Class B shall be met. Additional functionality, which can be considered to be optional, is described by Feature Packs. The Feature Pack describes all mandatory master functionality for a specific feature, e.g. redundancy.
|ETG.1500 EtherCAT Master Classes||EN||May 19, 2016||0,46 MB||1.0.2||Release|