EtherCAT EAP is an application layer protocol that runs on top of the EtherCAT network protocol. It provides a standardized interface for communication between automation devices, allowing for seamless integration of different vendors’ products into a single control system. With EtherCAT EAP, you can easily monitor and control devices such as drives, sensors, and valves, making it an essential tool for any industrial automation application. Use-cases varies, and includes:
- Master-Master communication
- Configuration Tool interface
The EtherCAT Automation Protocol (EAP) defines communication services and protocols that enable Master devices and Ethernet-based devices to communicate over a standard Ethernet network. These networks are commonly used to connect machine components or different machines within plant automation. While the timing constraints are not as strict as some other protocols, cyclic communication with a range of milliseconds is still necessary.
At RT-Labs, we have developed a communication stack product for EtherCAT EAP, making it easier than ever to integrate this powerful protocol into your automation applications. Our stack is fully compliant with the EtherCAT EAP specification and is designed to be modular and flexible, allowing for customization to meet your specific requirements.