Cranberry Township, Penn. (Manufacturing.net) — Mecco Marking & Traceability has released EtherMark/IP, which facilities the integration of Mecco laser and pot peen marking systems into factory automation networks over the Ethernet/IP protocol. The company says this integration scheme was developed to save manufacturers time and money by eliminating the need for custom programming of PLCs. Currently, many marking systems employ vendor-specific proprietary APIs, which means that PLC programmers must learn a proprietary command set and create custom code to perform basic marking operations — the new Ethernet/IP integration simplifies the process to only one command from the PLC.
Dave Sweet, President of Mecco Marking & Traceability, said in a statement: “We’re excited that the release of our next generation fiber laser marking system enables a streamlined process for manufacturers. By implementing both embedded controller technology and Ethernet/IP communication, we provide an innovative solution to the traditional problems of integrating laser and dot peen marking equipment by directly communicating with PLC’s, thus removing PC’s from the factory floor.”
Learn more at www.mecco.com.