What is FSoE?
With the increasing demand for safety in industrial environments, it has become essential to incorporate safety features into EtherCAT-enabled products. FailSafe over EtherCAT (FSoE) is a protocol that achieves this by adding safety functionality to EtherCAT systems. In this article, we will briefly discuss the benefits of integrating FSoE in EtherCAT enabled products.
FSoE is a safety protocol that enables safe communication over EtherCAT networks. It is designed to meet the requirements of functional safety standards such as IEC 61508 and ISO 13849. FSoE can be used in various applications, including motion control systems, robotics, and process automation. The protocol enables safe data exchange between safety devices via the main control system. It ensures that safety-related data is transmitted and received reliably and within a specified time frame. The FSoE protocol uses a cyclic communication model, which means that data is exchanged between the safety devices via the main control system at a regular interval. This enables the system to detect faults and malfunctions in real-time and take corrective action to prevent a safety incident.This enables the system to detect faults and malfunctions in real-time and take corrective action to prevent a safety incident.
Benefits of FSoE
The FSoE protocol is designed to be easy to implement and use. It can be implemented on top of standard EtherCAT hardware with additional functional safety hardware and using the EtherCAT network as a black channel. This makes it a cost-effective solution for implementing safety in industrial automation systems. Additionally, FSoE is compatible with standard EtherCAT networks, which means that it can be integrated into existing systems without the need for major modifications.
In addition to improved safety and ease of use, FSoE using EtherCAT also enables real-time monitoring of safety devices, which helps to identify potential faults and malfunctions. This enables maintenance personnel to take corrective action before a safety incident occurs. FSoE also provides detailed diagnostic information, which simplifies troubleshooting and reduces downtime.
Integrating FSoE in EtherCAT enabled products also provides manufacturers with a competitive advantage. As the demand for safety in industrial automation systems continues to grow, incorporating FSoE in EtherCAT enabled products can help manufacturers differentiate themselves from their competitors. By providing customers with a safer and more reliable solution, manufacturers can increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.
RT-Labs – your safety partner
RT-Labs offers a range of products and services that help industrial automation system manufacturers incorporate FSoE into their products. RT-Labs FSoE stack is a proven solution that provides an extensive range of features, including flexible safety configurations, and robust performance. It is compatible with standard EtherCAT networks and can be easily integrated into existing systems.
In conclusion, integrating FSoE in EtherCAT enabled products provides several benefits, including improved safety, ease of use, monitoring capabilities, flexible safety configurations, and a competitive advantage. As the demand for safety in industrial automation systems continues to grow, incorporating FSoE in EtherCAT enabled products is becoming essential. Manufacturers who incorporate FSoE in their products can provide their customers with a safer and more reliable solution, which can lead to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty. By leveraging FSoE technology, manufacturers can differentiate themselves from their competitors and stay ahead of the curve in the fast-evolving automation industry.
Safety over EtherCAT® is a registered trademark and patented technology, licensed by Beckhoff Automation GmbH, Germany