Beckhoff Automation's Ethernet/IP Compatibility
Beckhoff Automation has announced full EtherNet/IP compatibility with TwinCat. By using TwinCat's EtherNet/IP Slave (available in Windows XP and CE variants), one standard TwinCat software package can communicate seamlessly with all devices from Beckhoff, including industrial PCs, embedded PCs, PLCs and EtherNet/IP master devices from other vendors. EtherNet/IP has been fully integrated into the TwinCat programming environment, allowing for graphical linking of mapped data to PLC tasks. TwinCat also supports all major fieldbus networks including DeviceNet, Profibus, SERCOS, CANopen and Ethernet TCP/IP.