Sercos International, supplier of the Sercos® automation bus, recorded a growth in membership of approximately 30% in 2014.
In addition to new European members Schubert System Elektronik, Germany, Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH, and Laumas Elettronica S.r.l. in Italy, the user organization experienced a signifcant growth in Asia.
Japanese companies such as Denso-Wave and Exluce joined Sercos as well as numerous companies and organizations from the Chinese machinery and technology industries as well as from RD. Hangzhou Kaierda Robot Technology Co., State Nuclear Automation, Tsino Dynatron Electric Technology (Beijing) Co., and Zhejiang Rigao Machinery Corp. are some that joined the user organization in 2014.
"We see a significant growth of interest in our technology in Asia," states Peter Lutz, Managing Director of Sercos International. "Therefore, we organized 4 seminars and various workshops in China in the first quarter of 2015 alone, which were very well attended."
In Germany, Schubert System Elektronik GmbH utilizes the Sercos technology mainly in automation. In this context, the Sercos bus allows for communication between distributed, decentralized real-time controls, e.g., in packaging machines. While in the past several busses were required to adequately communicate the data for real-time nodes, the Sercos architecture now provides an Ethernet-based bus "bundled in one system" for all automation solutions. "Our membership in Sercos International is not least motivated by the chance to actively contribute to new features in the specifications, thus being able to participate in technical innovations," explains Tobias Schlier, Business Unit Manager at Schubert System Elektronik GmbH.
"The Sercos III slave is a certified solution on the Sitara™ AM335x from Texas Instruments (TI) and is part of the multi-protocol Industrial Ethernet requirements from our leading Industrial Automation customers," says Thomas Mauer, System Engineer, Factory Automation and Control, WW Industrial Systems Team at Texas Instruments.
"Sercos III Industrial Ethernet technology provides maximum performance for real-time data exchange while maintaining an open communication channel for additional service functions. This benefit is a reason why we at Texas Instruments opted for membership. Additionally, there are significant discounts for various tools and services associated with the membership."
More information can be obtained via the Sercos International eNewsletter or website.
About Sercos International
Sercos International is an association of users and manufacturers that is in charge of technical development, standardization, certification and marketing for the Sercos automation bus. Conformance tests guarantee that Sercos implementations are standard-compliant, ensuring that devices from different manufacturers can be combined. Based in Germany, the organization presently has more than 90 member companies located around the world and has national liaison offices in North America and Asia.
The SErial Realtime COmmunication System, or 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 approximately 25 years and is implemented in over 4 million real-time nodes. With its open, manufacturer-independent Ethernet-based architecture, Sercos III is a universal bus for all automation solutions.