CIP Safety Protocol Stack for Sercos Automation Bus Available

Chicago, IL - At Pack Expo 2012, Sercos International (SI) and IXXAT Automation GmbH (IXXAT) announced the availability of a protocol stack software for CIP Safety on Sercos. The safety software developed by IXXAT uses the SMP (Sercos Messaging Protocol), which enables the representation of the CIP data and services on configured, cyclic data containers in the Sercos telegram. Due to the modular architecture of the CIP Safety protocol software, the stack can be used for Sercos III as well as for EtherNet/IP without any restrictions.

The software package contains the protocol stack software for Sercos III and EtherNet/IP, a safety manual, and unit tests. Because all components are made available as ANSI-C-code, porting to customer-specific safety platforms is possible with a minimum of effort. The unit tests provided considerably facilitate the recertification of the CIP Safety protocol software after porting the code to a safe target platform.

"It is an invaluable advantage for users and suppliers to use a standardized safety protocol and a uniform protocol software for different bus systems. Development costs and investment risks are reduced to a minimum," says Peter Lutz, Managing Director of Sercos International.

"The provision of a independent, easily portable and pre-certified safety stack allows a fast and simple implementation of the CIP Safety functionality on Sercos III and EtherNet/IP devices based on a customer-specific target platform," states Christian Schlegel, Managing Director of IXXAT.

IXXAT provides various services regarding the CIP safety technology, such as consulting, code introduction, integration workshops, implementation support of the CIP Safety software in customer-specific hardware and software, and assistance in final device certification.

About Sercos

Sercos is one of the world's leading digital interfaces for communication between controls, drives, and decentralized peripheral devices. Sercos has been used in machine engineering for more than 20 years and is implemented in over 500 thousand applications with more than 3 million real time nodes. With its open, manufacturer-independent architecture based on Ethernet, Sercos III is a universal automation bus for all production machines.

About Sercos International

Sercos International is an association of users and manufacturers that is in charge of technical development, standardization, conformance testing, certification, and marketing for the Sercos automation bus. Based in Germany, the organization presently has more than 70 member companies located around the world, and has liaison offices in North America and Asia.

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IXXAT is a leading supplier for the integration of embedded system solutions and data communication systems. The central technologies are CAN, Industrial Ethernet, Safety and FlexRay. In addition to a broad product portfolio of hardware and software, IXXAT delivers customer-specific hardware components and solutions for the automation of machines, machining sytems, and test and measurement applications. IXXAT supports its clients with numerous services such as consulting, training and system planning, and as a capable development partner.

With more than 80 employees and a 25 year history, IXXAT operates internationally, predominantly in the fields of machine construction, automotive industry, transport systems and medical engineering. IXXAT maintains international branch and sales offices, as well as a large network of distributors.

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In North America, Contact:

Sercos N.A.

405 Loblolly Bay Drive

Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Ronald Larsen, Managing Director

Tel: 850/660-1293 or 800/573-7267


In Europe, Contact

sercos international e. V.

Kueblerstrasse 1

73079 Suessen, Germany

Peter Lutz, Managing Director

Tel: +49-7162-94 68-65

Ronald Larsen, Managing Director

Sercos North America

Toll-free Tel: 800-573-7267

Local Tel & Fax: 850/660-1293


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