EtherCAT® Bridge

"Bridging" two EtherCAT Slave Segments

  • Includes two EtherCAT slave devices

  • Process data exchange between two EtherCAT networks

  • Time synchronization (DC) between the EtherCAT Masters

  • Supports DC with redundancy

EtherCAT Implementation

  • Ethernet physics acc. to IEEE 802.3

  • Configuration via CoE

  • Firmware upgradeable via FoE

  • EoE support (Switch port)

EtherCAT Process Image widely configurable

  • Configuration by typical network configuration tools (e.g. esd Workbench, TwinCAT®)

  • Up to 1024 bytes in each direction

  • Layout defined by variables, e.g. 'UDINT'

esd is a member of the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG).
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EtherCAT Bridge

The ECX-EC connects two EtherCAT segments. Therefore the EtherCAT bridge implements two seperate EtherCAT slave interfaces for integration into two EtherCAT networks. The bridge allows EtherCAT process data exchange between the networks.

For synchronization of Distributed Clocks (DC) it offers the exact difference between the two slave timestamps as CoE object to allow one master adjusting its time to the other. For DC synchronization in the redundancy case the ECX-EC bridge is used as first and last slave simultaneously, which allows the master to keep all slaves synchronized in both segments.

Additionally the ECX-EC comes with an Ethernet interface, that can be used as Ethernet over EtherCAT (EoE) Switch Port.

The ECX-EC is a compact hat-rail module designed for carrier rail mounting (TS 35).
The 24 V-power supply can be applied via a connector with spring-cage connection or optionally via the InRailBus connector (TBUS-connector) integrated in the mounting-rail.

The ECX-EC can be configured by typical network configuration tools as for example esd Workbench, TwinCAT, etc.

ECX-EC: EtherCAT slave bridge by esd