The High Performance Motion Upgrade to Ethernet

Not all networks are created equal. High performance motion networks demand tightly managed timing regimes to ensure synchronous and real-time updates across multiple axes. While Ethernet offers adequate performance for general purpose applications that use distributed control, it is generally too slow for more demanding situations. In these cases a fast synchronous network is required to connect a centralized motion processor to multiple servo axes. SynqNet was designed specifi cally to support high performance centralized control systems, and offers additional benefi ts including self-healing fault tolerance operation, simple discovery-based confi guration, and high noise immunity. In addition, SynqNet is supported by multiple drive vendors delivering a wide array of cost competitive products. Taken together, SynqNet offers a unique performance/price advantage, which is why it is gaining fast adoption by industry leaders and OEM customers.

When choosing a motion network the key factors to focus on are very simple. Does it deliver the performance you need? Is it reliable and safe? How easy is it to use? And can I afford to pay for it? This article reviews these four areas and the technical background to help facilitate the readers understanding of digital motion networks.

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