Do I Need a Real-Time Controller to Have an EtherCAT Slave Device?

Updated Jan 10, 2019

Reported In

Software

  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  • LabVIEW SoftMotion Module

Driver

  • NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT

Issue Details

I have a PXI chassis without a real-time controller. Can I set up an EtherCAT slave to do motion control?

Solution

The EtherCAT communication protocol is a deterministic process. The master device in an EtherCAT network must be a real-time device.

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