The Multi-Ethernet Option on the control section for the
IndraDrive supports four Master Communications: Serocs III, EtherCat, ProfiNet and EtherNet/IP.
It can be used with different master controls with out the need to use
different hardware. When OEM's are trying to meet with end-user specs they have
to make sure that all the hardware is compatible. With the IndraDrive
Multi-Ethernet option there is one less concern of compatibility, because it is
compatible with four communication protocols.
Therefore, the machine design does not need to change, stock is more
consistent, and bill-of-material does not change much. Before the IndraDrive
Multi-Ethernet, drives only had one Master communication available. If SERCOS
III was being used as Master Communication, a drive with the SERCOS III
interface had to be ordered, if another master communication was going to be
used then a drive with that specific communication protocol had to be ordered.
With the IndraDrive Multi-Ethernet option, only one drive has to be ordered and
it covers multiple (four) communication fieldbusses.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.