Communications & Networking
EtherCAT network failure detection and recovery
By Mary Del
ACS Motion Control’s NetworkBoost is an advanced network failure detection and recovery feature designed to increase machine uptime. The optional NetworkBoost feature indicates the exact failure location within the EtherCAT network, minimizing troubleshooting and repair time. In addition, NetworkBoost enables the network to resume and continue its normal operation without replacing the failed cable. All that is required is an extra Ethernet port on the host PC and an EtherCAT cable. NetworkBoost is currently available with the SPiiPlusSC soft controller and is designed for all ACS EtherCAT network systems and production machines for any application where downtime is expensive.