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Fast and synchronous measurements Header Fast and synchronous measurements

EtherCAT®-based measurement
for enhanced measurement requirements

CSM ECAT Measurement Modules

For high-speed measurement applications exceeding the CAN bus capabilities, CSM's EtherCAT®-based MiniModules provide the optimal solution. EtherCAT® is an established protocol for fast and synchronous measurements with its roots in the test bench measurement technology sector. It has high bandwidth capability, maximum number of measurement channels, and precise synchronization of measurement signals.

As an Ethernet-based data bus, EtherCAT® features short cycle times and low jitter. In addition, the Distributed Clocks functionality ensures accurate synchronization (≤ 1 μs) of all connected modules, regardless of the size of the measurement setup. The network structure supported by EtherCAT® is similar to that of the CAN bus. Ethernet thus enables the setup of extensive measurement networks with many slave devices on one bus, which is ideal for distributed measurement applications.

ECAT MiniModules from CSM open up new possibilities for distributed measurements

CSM's EtherCAT®-based MiniModules are ideal on the one hand for multi-channel applications e. g. with more than 1,000 strain gauges / acceleration sensors and for synchronised high-speed measurements with measurement data rates of up to 1 MHz per channel on the other hand. Specially adapted measuring modules are available for IEPE sensors. ECAT MiniModules feature all the advantages of CSM's CAN MiniModules with their compact and robust design, as well as the high accuracy over the entire operating temperature range.

EtherCAT® goes mobile

In combination with the XCP-Gateway, CSM connects its ECAT MiniModules with the protocol XCP-on-Ethernet. As a result, the measurement modules are compatible with standard data acquisition systems. The gateway also connects CAN and EtherCAT® measurement data in a common data bus. This simplifies the setup of measurement applications and saves resources because only one measurement chain is needed. The swift configuration of the application is possible with CSMconfig.


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Schematic illustration of an ECAT measurement setup
Diagram of an ECAT measurement setup with XCP-Gateway.
AD4 OG ECAT MiniModul-Series

AD4 ECAT MM Series

Easy measurement of fast analog signals

AD4 pro Type IG100 | IG1000, AD4 Type IG100 | IG1000 and AD4 Type OG100 | OG1000

Designed for the acquisition of fast analog signals in distributed measurements applied in the fields of automotive measurement technology.

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AD4 OG ECAT MiniModul-Series

AD4 ECAT MM Series

Fast measurement with IEPE sensors

AD4 Type IE100 | IE1000 and AD4 Type OE100

Designed specifically for use with IEPE sensors. The high-speed ECAT measurement modules for IEPE sensors enable the acquisition of analog voltages with data rates of up to 1 MHz.

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Product Picture EtherCAT STG MiniModule


Fast distributed strain gauge measurements

Type STG6 pro BS20 | STG6 BK20

EtherCAT®-based measurement modules for decentralized use under demanding conditions: Robust, very compact and with six time-synchronous strain gauge inputs for quarter, half and full bridges.

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The protocol converter for EtherCAT® and CAN to XCP-on-Ethernet

XCP-Gateway is the interface between the data acquisition software (e. g. vMeasure, CANape®, INCA®, Vision® ...) and the EtherCAT® measurement modules from CSM. It includes an EtherCAT® master and an XCP-on-Ethernet slave.

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