MECCO’s EtherMark-enabled products have been accepted into the Rockwell Automation Encompass™ Program as a referenced product. EtherMark® is the first commercially available solution for laser and dot peen marking systems to connect and communicate directly with factory floor PACs / PLCs using native EtherNet/IP™ protocol. EtherMark is ODVA compliant, meaning that it is a certified EtherNet/IP™ solution.
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EtherMark enables marking equipment to be controlled by the PAC / PLC via EtherNet/IP.
“Traditionally, those wanting to incorporate part marking in their manufacturing process faced a significant challenge. Custom interfacing had to be written via a RS-232 or TCP/IP interface to integrate laser or dot peen marking equipment,” explains Dave Sweet, President of MECCO.
EtherMark produces an EtherNet/IP™ solution that significantly reduces custom programming and eliminates the need for fragile PCs on the shop floor.
Thus, what typically might have taken 30 or more hours of programming and integration work while using other marking systems now may be reduced to as little as eight minutes using EtherMark with the included Add-On Profile.
• Directly load part marking jobs from the PAC /PLC: No PC required on the factory floor
• Reduces integration time from 30+ hours of custom programming to as little as 8 minutes
• Add-on instructions allow for drag and drop ladder logic programming of MECCO laser and dot peen marking systems
• Add-on profiles provide plug and play compatibility between MECCO marking devices and Allen Bradley® PACs / PLC’s.
• ODVA compliant EIP/CIP object model interface
“Our customers’ feedback so far has been fantastic,” said Sweet. “They love the technology, and now it makes their life easier. They no longer have to learn custom code; they can integrate our laser and dot peen markers using the same software they currently use today.”
“We’ve seen customers who have had problems communicating their information, or having wrong information marked on a part, migrate to using EtherMark because of the assuredness that they get knowing that the correct mark is going to be placed on the part every time,” explained Simon Kohnstamm, Technology Manager at MECCO®.
“In the custom automation world, we are looking for the best and easiest ways for communication between components during our integration,” said Michael Proulx, Senior Electrical Engineer at RT Engineering Corporation in Franklin, Mass. “Mecco’s EtherMark fit our needs. Our Senior Controls Engineer commented that integration with EtherMark was much better and faster than our past integrations.”
Founded in 1889, MECCO is a leading U.S. based manufacturer of industrial part identification systems, offering a full line of laser and dot peen marking technologies. MECCO provides solutions that, by connecting to the factory floor, create an automated marking process for full traceability implementation. Throughout the evolution of new marking techniques, MECCO has helped customers determine the best technology for their application, and the company uses its extensive experience to enable a greater understanding of the marking needs of today while providing a vision for developing the technologies of the future.
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