EtherCAT TSN Coupler EK1000
The EK1000 EtherCAT Coupler supports EtherCAT communication via a switched Ethernet network, combining TSN (Time-Sensitive Networking) with the wide I/O range of EtherCAT Terminals. The EK1000 EtherCAT Coupler also enables EtherCAT communication in standard Ethernet networks. In addition, proven EtherCAT features such as distributed clocks and XFC can also be used within a TSN network. In this way, the EK1000 effectively links EtherCAT and TSN networks and combines their benefits: EtherCAT provides a real-time capable single-device level and is therefore ideally suited to combine the numerous small data packets of digital and analog inputs that are typical for industrial environments into a complete process image. TSN, on the other hand, defines a physical layer, which only relates to the switch layer in switched Ethernet networks. As a real-time extension of the general Ethernet technology, it controls the procedures and priorities for the transport of Ethernet telegrams through a TSN-capable, switched network. The EtherCAT Coupler has two RJ45 ports. One of these 100 Mbit/s ports connects the EK1000 to the Ethernet or TSN network. The second port enables EtherCAT network extensions, e.g. via the EK1100 EtherCAT Coupler. The EK1000 extends the TwinCAT automation software with a TSN-capable version of EtherCAT communication. In this way, TSN networks can also be managed seamlessly, and EtherCAT devices located in different terminal strands can be addressed via the TSN network.
Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG