Silica runs EtherCAT system at Embedded Live
Silica will be running a live demonstration of controlling a high-stack shelving system based on the EtherCAT, (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) standard on its stand at Embedded Live (October 20-21).
The system is controlled via a process control system running as software under Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Standard on an Intel Atom platform which serves both, as EtherCAT master and industrial PC.
The model’s sensors and actuators are interfaced via a slave module, demonstrating how the EtherCAT standard is realised with an FPGA core on a Xilinx FPGA.
Galvanically separated interfaces linking the 3.3 V and 24 V domains use Infineon and STMicroelectronics modules.
The high-stack shelving system’s input and output stations have both RFID readers implemented with NFC chips by NXP and barcode readers which analyse camera signals using a Renesas microcontroller. Readout data is sent to the PLC in the industrial PC and processed there.
Silica will be on Stand 220 at Embedded Live, Earls Court, London, October 20-21.