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New members of the ETHERNET Powerlink Standardization Group

ETHERNET Powerlink is in demand

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Hard real-time, complete compatibility between devices from different manufacturers and high protection of investments through the openness of the system are the reasons why more and more companies are implementing ETHERNET Powerlink. Today, the ETHERNET Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG) has 71 permanent members. Three renowned companies joined the EPSG in the last month alone.

Founded 150 years ago, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is one of the world’s leading solution providers for the printing industry. “With its seamless integration of hardware and software, the company is already a decisive step ahead of the competition”, declares Mark Reinhard. Heidelberger AG wants to take advantage of its position and is therefore using ETHERNET Powerlink to optimize the control of printing machines.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is primarily a supplier to the most important OECD industrial regions and is also strengthening its activities in growing economies such as Asia and Eastern Europe. With development and production sites in five countries as well as 250 sales offices, the company has over 200,000 customers around the world.

Peak-System Technik GmbH, a market-leader in developing hardware and software products with emphasis on CAN field bus systems, wants to strengthen its position in the market for industrial Ethernet over the coming months. ETHERNET Powerlink is the system of choice. “We want to expand our current business”, declares Uwe Wilhelm, Director of Peak-System Technik GmbH. “This is why we are moving towards future-oriented technologies such as EPL”. The innovation team at the company based in Darmstadt, Germany, will start development work in January 2007 on its own software and hardware analysis tools, in particular EPL-based PCI and PCI-ExpressCard solutions in connection with analysis software. A range of I/O modules is also planned for the middle of 2007.

Honeywell is a diversified company and a world-leader in technology and production processes. Honeywell supplies products and services for aviation, automation technology for buildings and industry, automobile products, systems for generating electricity, special chemicals, fibres and plastics as well as electronic and high-tech materials.

Honeywell has approx. 120,000 employees in 95 countries.

Control Solutions, Inc These three new members establish ETHERNET Powerlink’s position as the international market leader for industrial Ethernet.

Hard real-time, high bandwidth, data transparency, seamless integration in IT and simple to use standard software and tools make ETHERNET Powerlink attractive. Reliable machine safety with EPLSafety and the highest levels of availability make ETHERNET Powerlink appealing to the critical area of industrial automation.

Convincing arguments that are leading to an ever increasing number of EPSG members.

ETHERNET Powerlink (EPL) is the only market established real-time Ethernet protocol with micro-second accuracy. It is based exclusively on international standards and there are over 150,000 EPL nodes in use in traditional production machinery around the world. More than 300 facilitators, suppliers and users have implemented ETHERNET Powerlink and over 150 mechanical engineers have completed ETHERNET Powerlink projects.

ETHERNET Powerlink is developed and published by the EPSG (ETHERNET Powerlink Standardization Group), an open organization of users of the automation technology, manufacturers and research institutes. Powerlink offers an open standard for distributed automation solutions based on the Ethernet and CANopen profiles with accurate real-time response in the micro-second range, high availability and safety mechanisms. EPSG members include, amongst others, ABB Robotics, Alstom, Altera, Baldor, B&R, Eckelmann, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Hirschmann, infoteam Software, innotec, IXXAT, KUKA, KW Software, Lenze, Pepperl + Fuchs, port and Tetra Pak.

Further information:
http://www.ethernet-powerlink.org.

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