EtherCAT (Ethernet Control Automation Technology) is a high-performance, Ethernet-based fieldbus industrial network system. The protocol is standardized in IEC 61158 and applies to automation applications that need faster and more efficient communications. Short data update times with precise synchronization make EtherCAT suitable for real-time requirements in automation technology. With the support of EtherCAT open standard protocol, users can leverage the high speed cycle time for high performance synchronous motion control, the Ethernet cable
connections to save wiring costs, and users can choose from multiple suppliers for servo motors, Linear motors and IO.