Version 2.3 of the popular open source POWERLINK stack will be presented at the 2016 Hannover Messe in Hall 9 at Booth F25. This newest release brings improvements to the performance of operating-system-based masters and slaves. Support for coprocessor systems that handle the real-time part of POWERLINK makes it possible to set up a deterministic network - even on conventional operating systems such as Windows - without a real-time extension.
This is particularly relevant for the image processing algorithms used in PC-based vision systems. Due to the new coprocessor support, stack 2.3 now makes it easier to integrate such systems deterministically into high-performance POWERLINK networks while still preserving high asynchronous bandwidth.
In addition to advanced sensor technology, integrated safety concepts are essential to human-machine collaboration in shared workspaces. Along with the new POWERLINK stack, the EPSG booth will also showcase the safety systems based on the fieldbus-independent openSAFETY standard.