During the Hannover Messe 2011, an electronic guitarist celebrated its debut at the sercos booth. Its performance quickly made it a darling of the public, attracting numerous visitors. sercos – the automation bus for highly diverse applications – coordinates all components with a virtuosity that brings music to one’s ears. The sercos guitarist will go back on tour in 2012 – this time with some backup. The next live appearances will be at the HMI 2012 and SPS Italia 2012.
Automation technology is facing a fundamental change.These changes are driven by information technologies and an immense pressure on costs. This is why decentralization of intelligence on the field level is set to continue unabated. The obvious reason is the fact that simple vertical integration via bus systems, such as sercos interface, offers added value and saves costs.
Communication technology is also growing in importance in factory automation. Availability of ever more powerful computer systems, the need to access process data quickly and comprehensively, as well as the increased networking of global markets, result in constant further developments to communication networks in offices and production areas. As a result, information must be provided and exchanged on various levels when it comes to integrated automation of industrial firms. This begins with individual sensors and actuators, is continued in individual controls (such as CNC and PLC), and ends on the process and plant management level. Connections are also established for specific tasks, such as remote diagnosis, using public communication networks like ISDN or the Internet.
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Requirements from various application areas (such as machine tools, robots, packaging machines, printing presses, etc.) on a standardized, digital drive interface include: