Sercos International has made a new version of the Sercos® monitor available as a free download from www.sercos.org/downloads/tools
Standardization, certification and marketing for the Sercos automation bus
This diagnostic tool has been updated by the Steinbeis transfer center to provide a more comprehensive and detailed analysis of the data traffic in Sercos III networks.
Sercos Monitor Version 3.3.3 includes a variety of functional upgrades as well as user-friendly improvements, such as the introduction of drag & drop, for example. New features also include analysis options for HotPlug, additional development of the oscilloscope function, signal export during recording and advanced S/IP support. Furthermore, in the new version, the Sercos Monitor can be operated as a straightforward console application without a graphical interface. For example, program-supported operation of the Sercos Monitor via a programming interface (API) is also possible for an automated test.
Manuel Jacob, Project Manager of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Systems Technology, adds: “In addition to the new features, the plug-in based architecture of the Sercos Monitor allows for a rapid integration of additional protocols such as IO-link and/ or OPC UA, and therefore facilitates the contemporary analysis of these technologies in combination with Sercos.”
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 are interoperable. 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 engineering for approximately 25 years and is implemented in over 5 million real-time nodes. With its open, manufacturer-independent Ethernet-based architecture, Sercos III is a universal bus for all automation solutions.