Is EtherCAT possible in Roboteq Controllers?

2 years 2 months ago #29533629 by ngiftsun
As you might be aware, EtherCAT is becoming the standard in Automatic Guided Vehicle for developing reactive control behaviors. After a thorough research, I don't see a possibility to get a Roboteq controller to be a EtherCAT slave to enable high speed communication. I understand CAN could be used but I would like to know if there is a way to achieve this in Roboteq controllers with ethernet slots? Thanks a lot.

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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #29533630 by Gabriel_Isko
Replied by Gabriel_Isko on topic Is EtherCAT possible in Roboteq Controllers?
We are currently working on extending our products' support for different communication protocols and methods. Unfortunately, EtherCAT is very low on our priority list. Generally, EtherCAT provides a synchronous movement context that is levels of magnitudes greater than what is achievable with our products control loops.

However, we are unaware that there are AGV applications the size range of our controllers (~20-300 Amps peak motor draw) that use EtherCAT. We would greatly appreciate if you could post some examples. EtherCAT support is something we would certainly consider if we can establish demand for EtherCAT mobile robot products.

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