This new switch terminal connects Ethernet devices to the new EtherCAT fieldbus. It provides transparent and collision-free communication. It can be installed at any point in the EtherCAT node, and can accommodate Ethernet-linked devices such as printers or terminal for production data acquisition. The connected master works like a Layer 2 switch, using IP address information to sort Ethernet frames to their respective devices. It can process 1,000 distributed I/O in 30 ms or 100 axes in 100 ms with fiber optic or twisted pair cable. It needs no proprietary fieldbus cards, and uses ordinary CAT 5e cables.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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