Industrial 4.0 will create huge demands for integrating information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). To bridge IT and OT, big data needs to be aggregated from the field. For this reason, EtherCAT has become the major protocol of choice for automation control because of its fast communication, flexible topology, and distributed architecture.

Advantech’s EtherCAT control I/O solutions integrate hardware and software foundations to offer a complete portfolio of EtherCAT master and slave modules, supporting the integration of OT and IT for increased efficiency and performance.

Why choose EtherCAT for Control I/O System?

High Performance

Achieves outstanding performance on I/O handling with 276 μs cycle time at 44 % Bus Load and 122 μs telegram length.

Precise Synchronization

The distributed clocks in EtherCAT can lead to exact adjustment with less 1 µs in synchronization

Flexible Wiring Topology

  • Flexible tree structures – arbitrarily extendable
  • Supports various topology variants like Line, Star, Tree, Daisy Chain + Drop Lines

High Availability

Enables cable redundancy with a ring topology that avoids communication failure when a cable is broken or unplugged

Why choose Advantech?

  • Advantech EtherCAT hardware master products adopt SoC (System-on-a-Chip) design to execute the EtherCAT protocols, guaranteeing real-time capabilities of the I/O access with the shortest cycle time up to 200 μs.

  • Advantech offers two types of EtherCAT slaves, slice I/O and distributed I/O modules, to meet diverse demands. Slice IO modules are compact and flexible, allowing customers to integrate high-density I/O within a space-limited enclosure or machine. Distributed I/O modules feature a high-density channel design and deliver cost-effective performance.

  • Advantech’s AMAX-5000 series provides a removable push-in terminal design with easy slide-in mechanism, ensuring wire insertion without screws and front accessibility for easy installation and maintenance. In addition, AMAX-5000 features dual power inputs to enhance system reliability.

  • Advantech PC-based EtherCAT I/O Solution offers dedicated Windows-based API to satisfy rapid development and diverse requirements for vertical industry applications. Featuring compact size and high flexibility for integration, Advantech provides an efficient control I/O solution with lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

  • Advantech EtherCAT masters support a utility with debugging tool to monitor communication quality and easily proceed ESC (EtherCAT Slave Controller) error counts diagnostics. Furthermore, Advantech EtherCAT slaves are fully equipped with EtherCAT IC (e-bus), providing a real-time diagnostic function for firmware updates and status reports back to the master.

  • EtherCAT Hardware Master to Guarantee Real-Time Performance

  • Advantech EtherCAT hardware master products adopt SoC (System-on-a-Chip) design to execute the EtherCAT protocols, guaranteeing real-time capabilities of the I/O access with the shortest cycle time up to 200 μs.

  • Slave Modules Provide Different Form Factors

  • Advantech offers two types of EtherCAT slaves, slice I/O and distributed I/O modules, to meet diverse demands. Slice IO modules are compact and flexible, allowing customers to integrate high-density I/O within a space-limited enclosure or machine. Distributed I/O modules feature a high-density channel design and deliver cost-effective performance.

  • Easy for Wiring and Installation

  • Advantech’s AMAX-5000 series provides a removable push-in terminal design with easy slide-in mechanism, ensuring wire insertion without screws and front accessibility for easy installation and maintenance. In addition, AMAX-5000 features dual power inputs to enhance system reliability.

  • Lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) for PC-based EtherCAT I/O Solution

  • Advantech PC-based EtherCAT I/O Solution offers dedicated Windows-based API to satisfy rapid development and diverse requirements for vertical industry applications. Featuring compact size and high flexibility for integration, Advantech provides an efficient control I/O solution with lower TCO (Total Cost Ownership).

  • Diagnostic Tool for Communication Quality Checking

  • Advantech EtherCAT masters support a utility with debugging tool to monitor communication quality and easily proceed ESC (EtherCAT Slave Controller) error counts diagnostics. Furthermore, Advantech EtherCAT slaves are fully equipped with EtherCAT IC (e-bus), providing a real-time diagnostic function for firmware updates and status reports back to the master.

Solution System Architecture

Success Story

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Product Offerings

I/O Masters

EtherCAT Intelligent I/O Controller

AMAX-324IO

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EtherCAT Intelligent I/O Controller

AMAX-337IO

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EtherCAT I/O Master Card

PCIE-1203IO

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Slave Modules

EtherCAT Coupler for AMAX-5000 Slice IO

AMAX-5074

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EtherCAT Slice IO Extension Module

AMAX-5079

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Power Input Module for EtherCAT Slice IO

AMAX-5001

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Digital I/O and Position Measurement Modules

AMAX-5000 (Digital I/O)

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Analogue I/O and Temperature Measurement Modules

AMAX-5000 (Analogue I/O)

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Resources

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Introduction to EtherCAT Control I/O Solutions

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Quick Guide to Advantech EtherCAT Control I/O Solutions

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