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EtherCAT Technology Group

EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) is a real-time Industrial Ethernet technology originally developed by Beckhoff Automation. The main focus during the development of EtherCAT was on short cycle times (≤ 100 µs), low jitter for accurate synchronization (≤ 1 µs) and low hardware costs.


The EtherCAT protocol which is disclosed in the IEC standard IEC61158 is suitable for hard and soft real-time requirements in automation technology, in test and measurement and many other applications.


Examples of applications employing EtherCAT:

  • Assembly systems
  • Injection molding systems
  • Measurement systems
  • Printing machines
  • Robotic systems


Some of our EtherCat Sponsors include...

Electromate Inc.

Distributor of AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors, Drives, Controls, Positioning Systems & Robots, extensive product selection and JIT inventory


FAULHABER products include production automation and robotics, aerospace, optical systems as well as medicine and laboratory.

TRINAMIC Motion Control

Trinamic Motion Control ICs, modules and mechatronic systems for motion control controllers and drivers for stepper, BLDC and piezo motors.

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