NovaCarts EtherCAT

Ethernet for Control Automation Technology

The NovaCarts EtherCAT (NC-ETHCAT) feature enables NovaCarts real-time nodes to act as EtherCAT Master devices. The feature saves the inputs and outputs of the devices connected to an EtherCAT network in the NovaCarts parameter database, thereby allowing real-time communication with EtherCAT devices from simulation models.

New EtherCAT devices can be easily integrated by importing an ENI file. After the import, the EtherCAT I/Os can be handled in the same way as standard NovaCarts I/Os.

EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) is an Ethernet-based fieldbus system. The protocol is standardized in IEC 61158 and is suitable for both hard and soft real-time computing requirements in automation technology. Many inexpensive I/O devices are available for EtherCAT.

Further Information


  • Control EtherCAT I/O modules from NovaCarts Real-Time Node
  • Read and write NovaCarts parameters from or to EtherCAT devices
  • Supports the standard EtherCAT network configuration file format (*.eni)


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