EtherCAT TSN Coupler EK1000
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EK1000 | EtherCAT TSN Coupler

The EK1000 EtherCAT Coupler supports EtherCAT communication via a switched Ethernet network, combining standard network technology with the wide I/O range of EtherCAT Terminals. The EtherCAT Open Mode enables communication via a Layer 2 or a UDP connection. With UDP, EtherCAT data can also be addressed across routers. The EK1000 is TSN-ready and can be made TSN-compatible in the future via a company software update. In addition, proven EtherCAT features such as distributed clocks and XFC can also be used within a TSN network. In this way, the EK1000 effectively links EtherCAT and TSN networks and combines their benefits: EtherCAT provides a real-time capable single-device level and is therefore ideally suited to combine the numerous small data packets of digital and analog inputs that are typical for industrial environments into a complete process image. TSN, on the other hand, defines a physical layer, which only relates to the switch layer in switched Ethernet networks. As a real-time extension of the general Ethernet technology, it controls the procedures and priorities for the transport of Ethernet telegrams through a TSN-capable, switched network. The EtherCAT Coupler has two RJ45 ports. One of these 100 Mbit/s ports connects the EK1000 to the Ethernet or TSN network. The second port enables EtherCAT network extensions, e.g. via the EK1100 EtherCAT Coupler. The EK1000 extends the TwinCAT automation software with a TSN-capable version of EtherCAT communication. In this way, TSN networks can also be managed seamlessly, and EtherCAT devices located in different terminal strands can be addressed via the TSN network.

Technical data EK1000
Task within EtherCAT system coupling of EtherCAT Terminals (ELxxxx) to TSN networks
Networks mode 1: for unmanaged switch networks;
mode 2: for TSN networks
Data transfer medium Ethernet/EtherCAT cable (min. Cat. 5), shielded
Distance between stations max. 100 m (100BASE-TX)
Number of EtherCAT Terminals up to 65,534
Type/number of peripheral signals
Protocol EtherCAT
Data transfer rates 100 Mbit/s
Configuration not required
Bus interface X001 (RJ45) = 100 Mbit/s Ethernet (TSN); X002 (RJ45) = 100 Mbit/s EtherCAT (EK1100 e.g.)
Power supply 24 V DC (-15 %/+20 %)
Current consumption from US
Current consumption from UP
Current supply E-bus 2000 mA
Power contacts max. 24 V DC/max. 10 A
Electrical isolation 500 V (power contact/supply voltage/Ethernet)
Operating/storage temperature 0…+55 °C/-25…+85 °C
Relative humidity 95 %, no condensation
Vibration/shock resistance conforms to EN 60068-2-6/EN 60068-2-27
EMC immunity/emission conforms to EN 61000-6-2/EN 61000-6-4
Protect. class/installation pos. IP 20/variable
Approvals/markings CE
Cordsets cordsets and connectors
EtherCAT For further EtherCAT products please see the system overview
Product announcement
estimated market release on request