How to Build Modular Machine Automation Based on the Plug-and-Play EtherCAT Stack

Nowadays, Industry 4.0 machines are interconnected, which means that they operate with other machines. In this time of mass customization, you need configurable and smart controllers, which can operate different tasks, by adding or removing features or modules. This presentation will explain how to design and build modular and scalable machines based on a plug-and-play EtherCAT stack.

A use case will be presented to illustrate this approach. We will list market demands such as software and hardware modularity, multi-source software, end-user customization, online updates, and master and slave modes and propose direction to build the best architecture that fulfills these demands.

By the end of this webinar, you will know more about:

  • How to design the best controller for machine automation
  • How to fulfill Industry 4.0 requirements in integrating the best standard components
  • How to take advantage of recent technologies and standards to increase machine versatility


Yves de la Broise Senior Software Development Engineer, IntervalZero

Yves de la Broise has more than a decade of experience and expertise in automation technology and real-time systems after starting his career working for a Taiwanese IPC manufacturer. His knowledge covers a lot of areas, from industrial communication standards, such as EtherCAT and OPC UA, to motion standards like PLC Open Motion Control. He deeply initiated and created the KINGSTAR product line, a machine automation software platform for Industry 4.0.