Sasken joins EtherCAT Tech Group

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 01 Aug 2018


Sasken Technologies, formerly Sasken Communication Technologies, which provides product engineering and digital transformation services, has become a member of EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG). As part of the membership, Sasken will contribute to features of the EtherCAT standard as well as to the case study bank of the technology use cases.

The EtherCAT Technology Group is an organisation in which key user companies from various industries and leading automation suppliers join forces to support, promote and advance the EtherCAT Technology, and has over 4,800 members from around 65 countries.

Sasken says that through this membership it aims to enable industrial product companies, who are looking for ways to improve the performance of their next-generation products and accelerate the adoption of EtherCAT technology.

“Sasken Industrials has been engaging with the customers to build next-generation industrial products that are ‘connected’ and ‘intelligent’. In the recent past, for a leading industrial conglomerate, we have migrated EtherCAT slave stack to TI-Sitara platform running VxWorks 7.0, for high-precision welding machines, which were the first of their kind in the market. We are also working with a leading manufacturer of machine vision systems on enabling EtherCAT slave support on their next-gen computer vision camera,” said, Mihir Kumar, senior VP and Head, Industrials Business, Sasken.

“As a strong player in the industrial Ethernet ecosystem, we anticipate the ETG membership will open new avenues for us in various industrial domains such as robotics, high-precision machineries and factory automation products among others, due to the rapid adoption of EtherCAT technology. We are looking forward to leveraging the knowledge that this mature ecosystem provides as well as to contributing new use cases using EtherCAT technology to the group,” added Kumar.