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China adopts EtherCAT as a national technology standard

December 2014 News

EtherCAT has seen strong global use for more than 10 years and the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) has grown into a global organisation. A new milestone – not only for the ETG, but for the technology itself – was achieved recently: EtherCAT is now a national technology standard in China. On 21 October Dr. Wei Sun, representative of the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC), made the announcement at a ceremony in Beijing.

As a special highlight, Chinese company representatives shared experiences with the audience and explained the benefits realised through implementation. When Yunying Huang, vice president of Shenyang Machine Tool R&D Institute Shanghai, introduced the company’s new, intelligent i5 CNC machine tool entirely based on EtherCAT, he emphasised that performance, openness and the large product selection were the decisive factors for selecting EtherCAT. Dr. Frank de Schepper, CEO of Wenzhou-headquartered SIBONAC Laser Technologies, which is also heavily involved in CNC applications, reported the benefits of EtherCAT as being an open protocol which is fast and easy to use.





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