EtherCAT for high speed automation
This system allows the user to access the EtherCAT bus components directly from the S7 environment.
Of course, the CPU is programmable in STEP7 from Siemens and is adjustable to the command repertoire of S7-300 or S7-400 from Siemens. The PLC is designed for time-critical applications and shall at the same time fulfill the growing need for rising memory capacities. The memory is dynamically adjustable to the needs of plant and application also subsequently without the need to exchange existing hardware. Only a memory configuration card (MCC) has to be plugged into the card slot to release further memory. The number of required CPU types that the user has to hold out for all applications is thus reduced to only one. Together with the Ethernet interface, the integrated master for Profibus-DP and the MP2I plug, the CPU supports all important interfaces combined in one system.
VIPA Gesellschaft für Visualisierung und Prozeßautomatisierung mbH
VIPA was founded in 1985 in Erlangen by Mr. Wolfgang Seel as a system house for automation engineering. After the first PC-based machine operating panel there were further developments of control and communication modules. The first customers were from the automotive and food industry, conveying engineering and machine and plant construction. VIPA has been increasingly active in the European market since 1995.
The introduction of the modular automation System 200V was the basis for creating more powerful, faster and more reliable systems. In the year 2000 the new 2000sq.m headquarter in Herzogenaurach, west of Erlangen was opened.
The development of the SPEED7 High-SPEED PLC in 2003 was a further technological milestone in the automation equipment range (www.speed7.com). In 2005, VIPA has extended the product range with the Touch Panel family.
More than 100 highly qualified employees are working for VIPA in Germany. In addition to that there are VIPA branche offices and Service partners in 55 countries.
- Audi AG
- BMW AG
- Bayer AG
- GEA Tuchenhagen GmbH
- Eisenmann Maschinenbau KG
- Thyssen Krupp
- Volkswagen AG
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