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European EtherCAT Plug Fest


European EtherCAT Plug Fest

In May 2019, the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) conducted its Spring Plug Fest in cooperation with acontis technologies GmbH. In total 57 participants from 27 different EtherCAT device manufacturers based in eight countries spanning four continents accepted ETG’s invitation and brought numerous different devices to the event location in Ravensburg, Germany.

The participants tested their own EtherCAT devices in a shared network with those of other manufacturers, by using the EtherCAT Conformance Test Tool. In addition, there was plenty of time to exchange knowledge and ask for advice from the EtherCAT experts on-site. The different masters and slave products led to a balanced ratio of devices and real-life network conditions. Christoph Widmann, Managing Director at acontis technologies GmbH, sees great value in the Plug Fest: “The EtherCAT Plug Fests are the perfect opportunity to test devices and applications in a large network together with other manufacturers. For that reason, acontis has participated in many Plug Fests in the past. As a long-term member of EtherCAT Technology Group, we’re extraordinarily happy to host an EtherCAT Plug Fest ourselves.

Florian Hammel, one of the on-site EtherCAT experts, adds: “This Plug Fest met the customary high standard, the atmosphere among the participants was good and the location was perfect to connect the huge number of devices and work efficiently. The positive feedback from the participating device manufacturers confirms the event’s continued success.


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