openSAFETY over SERCOS III
An open and vendor-independent standard for digital drive interfaces, SERCOS III not only specifies the hardware architecture of the physical connections as well as a protocol structure, but also features extensive profile definitions. For SERCOS III, i.e. the third generation of the Sercos Interface that was originally introduced to the market in 1985, Standard Ethernet serves as the data transfer protocol. This communication system is predominantly used in Motion Control-based automation systems.