Mecano CNC: How a Software-Based Approach Enables High-Quality CNC Machines at Competitive Prices

Competition is fierce in Latin America. CNC machine shops are so price-sensitive that they often must forgo performance and quality for lower-cost machines. To combat this challenge, Mecano needed to distinguish their CNC machines by adding quantifiable performance and quality without commensurately increasing price.

  • “Plug-and-play” capabilities for minimal configuration.
  • A controller interface that runs on Windows.
  • A real-time operating system (RTOS) that’s market tested.
  • An RTOS without restrictions on 3rd party applications run on the PC.

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Ethernet-based fieldbus standards have changed the game for machine builders. But with so many protocols competing to be most valuable and viable, how should you decide which to use?

In this white paper, “5 Real-Time, Ethernet-Based Fieldbuses Compared,” we examine five different protocols that claim to offer the best price/performance open standard for real-time Ethernet fieldbuses. Topics covered include:

Criteria for evaluating Ethernet real-time protocols

5 standards compared: Ethernet/IP, Ethernet Powerlink, EtherCAT, PROFINET IRT, & SERCOS III

Evaluation of standards bodies, philosophies, and architectural underpinnings, response time, jitter, data rate, and more

Fieldbus scorecard: which standard wins in price/performance and market acceptance?

Understand your options when it comes to real-time, Ethernet-based fieldbuses. Read the white paper to see how the top five standards stack up.