Watlow’s EZ-ZONE® RM with EtherCAT® Communications Protocol is the First EtherCAT® Temperature Control Device to Pass Conformance Testing in North America

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Integration of EtherCAT® technology in EZ-ZONE® temperature controllers enables customers to utilize latest communications protocol.

'We have worked hard to integrate EtherCAT® into our EZ-ZONE RM and as a result we have an industry-leading solution for our customers.'

Watlow®, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of complete thermal systems, recently announced that its EZ-ZONE® RM multi-loop temperature controller is the first EtherCAT® device to pass conformance testing in North America. Watlow’s temperature controller passed conformance testing at the new North American EtherCAT® Test Center based in Savage, Minnesota. Stan Breitlow, Watlow’s principal engineer and semiconductor system designer, accepted the award from Florian Hafele, the onsite representative from the EtherCAT® Technology Group (ETG).

“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition from the ETG,” said Breitlow. “We have worked hard to integrate EtherCAT® into our EZ-ZONE RM and as a result we have an industry-leading solution for our customers. This success depended upon the superb collaborations that occurred with leading members of the community and we look forward to continuing these successful relationships.”

Watlow’s EZ-ZONE® RM temperature controller is rapidly becoming an industry standard due to its extreme flexibility and scalability allowing unparalleled mixing of inputs and outputs to configure control loops, limit loops and monitoring points. Watlow is deeply committed to the semiconductor industry as exemplified by the early adoption of EtherCAT®. This major milestone in our control’s evolution now enables customers to integrate the latest generation of communications protocol to their tools.

Incorporating Watlow’s EZ-ZONE RM temperature controller with EtherCAT® into semiconductor applications offers many benefits to tool manufacturers such as assured compatibility between devices and vendors, a single, unified Bus through the entire tool, seamless and rapid communications, predefined device parameter profiles, Bus redundancy and fault detection and standard Ethernet wiring.


About Watlow

Watlow designs and manufactures industrial heaters, temperature sensors, controllers and supporting software – all of the components of a thermal system. The company partners with its customers to optimize thermal performance, decrease design time and improve efficiency of their products and applications.

Watlow brings its experience to numerous industries, including semiconductor processing, environmental chambers, energy processes, diesel emissions, medical and foodservice equipment.

Since 1922, Watlow has grown in product capability, market experience and global reach. The company holds more than 450 patents and employs 2,000 employees working in nine manufacturing facilities and three technology centers in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Watlow also has sales offices in 16 countries around the world. The company continues to grow, while the commitment remains the same – to provide its customers with superior products and services for their individual needs.

For additional information call your nearest Watlow representative:
Phone: 1+ (800) WATLOW2, 1+ (314) 878-4600
Fax: 1+ (877) 893-1005, 1+ (314) 878-6814

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