EtherMark

Models: EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, Modbus, OPC

EtherMark

Simplifying Marking Equipment Integration

MECCO has introduced a patent-pending technology solution that facilitates integration of marking systems into factory automation networks using industrial protocol. MECCO developed this method of integration along with embedded control technology in order to save manufacturers time and money by eliminating the need for custom programming of programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

Whether your factory runs on EtherNet/IP™, PROFINET, Modbus or OPC, EtherMark simplifies the communication for your laser and pin marking equipment.



EtherMark Features

  • Allows SMARTmark laser marking systems and MC2000 pin marking systems to integrate directly using EtherNet/IP™, PROFINET, Modbus and OPC protocol
  • Hardware and software kit provides fully defined protocol connectivity to MECCO marking equipment
  • Easy integration into factory automation controls minimizes system setup
  • No custom interface software required
  • Directly load jobs from the PLC: No PC required on the factory floor
  • Send dynamic data to up to 5 object fields including 2D barcodes and text
  • Inserts custom text fields (serial number, barcode) into job files
  • Auto-Verify: Integrated vision interface module for grading, with remark on verification failure
  • Auto Re-Mark: Integrated job file re-mark capability
  • Prevent serial number duplication by enforcing text field uniqueness
  • Reports network status & error reporting for system status

Ladder Logic

Add-on instructions simplify programming by allowing a user to drag and drop all of the typical commands to the unit (i.e. load job, load text, mark job).

Object Model

EtherMark provides simple Allen Bradley PLC Registers (Tags) which control or report the behavior of various functionality within the marking unit. Input allows you to supply settings like X and Y offsets, specify job file names and strings of information, while output reports mark cycle time and machine status.

EtherMark Technical Specifications

Connection

10/100 Mbps Ethernet standard RJ45 port, to network and PLC

Compliancy

ODVA compliant EIP/CIP object model interface

IP Address

Manually set fixed IP configured by user

Firmware

Flash firmware upgrade via Ethernet or USB

Control

  • Supervisory control of SMARTmark LEC Laser Marker
  • Supervisory control of Couth MC2000 Pin Marker
  • Acquire and release host control (slave control of LEC card - Laser only)
  • Load job files
  • Load content into 1D/2D barcodes and text variables
  • Apply X/Y global offsets
  • Apply rotational offsets (Laser Markers only)

Barcoding

SMARTmark Laser capable of 3,000 characters in a 3D barcode with string concatenation 
MC2000 capable of 68 characters in a 2D barcode

Traditional Integration

Current marking systems employ vendor-specific proprietary API’s (Application Programming Interfaces). These interfaces require the PLC programmers to learn a proprietary command set and create custom code to perform basic marking operations.

MECCO's EtherMark Solution for Marking Devices

MECCO’s new technology allows factory floor PLCs to use EtherNet/IP™ to control part marking systems, which simplifies the communication process to only one command by PLC for marking a job file.

EtherMark Product Resources

Product Resources are available in our Virtual Product Support section, including:
  • Manuals
  • Integration Guide
  • Troubleshooting Videos
  • Add-On Instructions

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