The Real Time Ethernet Conference brought industry experts from Accenture, Bharat Electronics Limited, ABB, Robert Bosch Engineering Services, Barry Wehmiller International and more to Bangalore, India to discuss how real-time determinism can be achieved over standard Ethernet using a vendor-independent, open source approach – a crucial requirement for Industry 4.0 automation. Event partners Kalycito, Altera, B&R and the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group presented on topics ranging from the basics of POWERLINK implementation to its usage in high-performance automation applications.
Easy implementation of POWERLINK communication
Srinivasan Subramani, project manager for embedded systems at Barry Wehmiller International, reported on his experience with the open source POWERLINK stack: "The protocol was very easy to implement, and it took us just two days of training to establish POWERLINK communication with a com-pletely real-time deterministic response."
Free choice of hardware and software
Open technologies specialist Ninad Deshpande adds: "The reign of proprietary systems for industrial electronics is over. Openness and real vendor-independence make it easy for device manufacturers to integrate POWERLINK cheaply and easily. They enjoy completely flexible implementation with a free choice of hardware and software at their disposal." In less than a decade, Ethernet POWERLINK has created a strong foothold in the Indian market with more than 100,000 installed nodes.