What Are Powerlinks?

Ethernet Powerlink is a real-time protocol for standard Ethernet. It was developed by the Austrian automation company B&R in 2001 and is managed by the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group. In the field of automation and motion control, it is a centralized, software-based communication system for machines and devices. It allows the users to view and control process data at any time, while simultaneously communicating with their machines. Powerlinks are an important part of automation and motion control systems, but they are not a substitute for a centralized communication system.

Ethernet Powerlink is a real-time protocol for standard Ethernet

Developed in 2003, Ethernet POWERLINK is a real-time protocol for standard LANs. Its physical layer is 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet. This allows devices to send and receive information at up to 1,000 Mbps. Unlike the traditional Ethernet protocol, POWERLINK avoids data collisions by enforcing a polling procedure and a fixed time point for data transfers. In addition, the network maintains the Ethernet standard, and supports high levels of flexibility for any POWERLINK hardware.

It is a digital motionbus solution

Powerlinks is a powerful digital motionbus solution that combines the benefits of fieldbus network wiring with the high-speed capabilities of Ethernet. Unlike analog control cables, Powerlinks uses a single communication access point and provides real-time performance with microsecond precision. It is also built on standard ETHERNET hardware, which eliminates the need for expensive proprietary hardware. This allows for a simplified installation process and reduces system cost.

It is a centralized, real-time communication system for automation and motion control

ETHERNET Powerlink is an accelerated, digital motion-bus solution that connects a motion controller to multiple drives and I/O points. The centralized, real-time communication system is deterministic, which is essential for real-time industrial applications. Parker’s ETHERNET Powerlink motionbus technology improves system performance while lowering the cost of the system. Powerlink systems combine high performance with low costs and a shorter installation time. ETHERNET Powerlink cables replace analog, non-configurable control cables.

It is a software-based solution

Powerlink environments use a software-based master that controls timing on the network and authorizes individual nodes to send data. Although they rely on the standard Ethernet to transmit data, they manipulate latency by controlling network access. Unlike other standards, Powerlink can never provide the high levels of performance that they aspire to. Other solutions may make use of inexpensive hardware components and alter the Ethernet protocol to reduce latency, but Powerlink is designed to be a software-based solution.

It is 100% compliant with IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard

POWERLINK is a software-based solution that is completely compliant with the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard. As a result, it does not use proprietary hardware and therefore can continue to use the same diagnostic tools and hardware components as other Ethernet-based devices. In addition, POWERLINK uses a time-slot procedure and mixed polling to ensure that only one node is connected to each other at any given time.

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It is a platform for programmatic native advertising

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