EC01 - EtherCAT Motion Controller


  • Latest in line of our HiCON series of motion controllers
  • Works with the latest Mach4 software as well as custom windows .NET apps
  • HiCON Mach4 plugin provides feature rich functionality to enable the best experience with Mach4 and EtherCAT technologies
  • Cost effective High Performance EtherCAT Master Device
  • Interfaces with Mach4 through HiCON plugin over separate Ethernet Port
  • Free PC Software 'EC-Link' for easy configuration of Ethercat Slave Devices
  • Compact form-factor with built in Digital and Analog I/O
  • No Special computer or motherboard required to run the Ethercat master
  • Use any Mach4 version of your choice - Hobby, Industrial or Expert
  • Built on proven and reliable HiCON Motion Controller Platform (Used 24/7 in many Industrial machine shops around the world)
  • .Net Windows libraries for custom apps (coming soon)

List EtherCAT Drives and Modules in use by our customers:

  • Mitsubishi MR-JET, MR-J5, MR-J4
  • Mitsubishi MELSERVO-J5 - 3 Axis Drives
  • Omron 1S series
  • Yaskawa Sigma7 SGD7S
  • Yaskawa Sigma5 SGDV
  • Beckhoff I/O Modules EK1100, EL1004, EL2024...
  • Maxon EPOS4
  • Festo CMMT-AS, CMMT-ST (CMMT Only)
  • Advantech AMAX I/O Block
  • Rtelligent Ethercat Drives
  • JMC Ethercat Drives
  • Maxine EP3E-EC
  • Beijing CTB Technology 3-Axis Drives
  • Delta ASDA-A2
  • HiWIN EtherCAT
  • LeadShine EM3E-A882

Note: Any EtherCAT Drive that supports CSP (Cyclic Synchronous Position) and any EtherCAT I/O Module with 1ms Cycle time should be compatible with EC01

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see purchasing options.


  • 8 Digital Inputs NPN Optical Isolated
  • 4 Digital Outputs NPN 1Amp ea Optical Isolated
  • 2 Relay N.O. Dry Contacts
  • Optional Expansion Plugs for 7535P and 7535N
  • PC Connection over Ethernet. No Special Motherboard Required.
  • Optional Analog Output 0-10V for spindle (Requires Activation at purchase-time)
  • Optional Encoder Input for Spindle Lathe Threading

EtherCAT AC Servo Motor & Drive Sets

The EP5 Servo Drive and Motor Sets boast an impressive set of features. Our excellent experience over the years with these drives prove thier reliability and workmanship:

  • Compact Drive built with the latest in Silicon Chip Technology
  • Durable and Resilient AC Servo Motors
  • Best in class performace, reliability and build quality
  • Drive output power in range of 100W-15kW
  • 3kHz speed loop response bandwidth
  • 23 Bit Single/Multiturn Absolute Encoder

Each set includes one driver, one motor, and 5 meters cables. If you would like to add the Brake option or order cable lengths longer than 5 meters (16.4ft), please mention your preference in order notes, or contact us via support email.

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Our SDO Tool allows the user to edit the Service Data Objects SDOs on the ethercat devices independentaly of Mach4. You can quickly read and test different SDO configuration values on your EtherCAT device, eg, Motor Drivers, I/O terminals, etc.

Download Available Here

Mach4 CNC Software

Mach4 is an excellent PC-based software solution for CNC. When paired with a HiCON motion controller, it creates a state of the art CNC solution for machine-shops as well as industrial applications. Mach4 plus HiCON greatly simplifies retrofitting and increases operation reliability. For the latest release of the Mach4 HiCON Plugin, please refer to the download section below.

Note: As Mach4 has become the mainstream CNC software, we have stopped supporting Mach3.


HiCON Basic Setup Video

EtherCAT Mach4 EC01 Setup Guide


Optional Components for EC01 System

Advanced and production applications can also benefit from these add-ons:
AnaEnc-Expansion : Used for controlling spindle speed and reading rpm/position feedback. This feature enables 0-10V analog output and one Encoder channel on the EC01 controller. It is required to be purchased along with the controller if needed.
7535 Board : The I/O Termination board (7535P or 7535N) provides additional optically isolated digital I/O on J1 socket. Each board has 16 input terminals and 8 output terminals. All I/O terminals are clearly marked for quick and easy installation.
ECAT-EXTIO [1]: Enables 24 additional I/O points on J1 socket. This feature is included with the purchase of 7535 I/O Board. It can also be purchased individually without the 7535 hardware. Please note that working directly with this port without optical isolation can damage the 3.3V pins.
Motor Activations [1]: This software feature specifies how many motors the EC01 is able to control at one time. The base EC01 comes with 4 activated motors. This can be upgraded to 6, 8, or 12 at any time.
Custom DRO Support [1]: This software feature allows the user to map PDOs to Mach4 Registers. For example Torque can be mapped and viewed in Mach4 as a DRO.
MACRO-PROGRAMMING[1] : This software feature allows the user to write custom programs (In C language) which can be downloaded to the controller for fast execution. Advantages of MACRO-PROGRAMMING Include:
  • Real-time program execution
  • Ultra-fast I/O manipulation
  • Extends Mach4 Scripting Functionality
  • Standalone Operation (No PC Control)
ECAT-CLOOP Activation [1]: This software feature allows Closed-Loop operation on the EC01 outside the usual Motor-Drive feedback loop. For example, when using a separate encoder or glass scale that the axis must track. The ECS1-AB can be connected to the EtherCAT chain to access additional encoder channels.
ArcPro Plasma features : M4ARCPRO software feature allows the use of ArcPro Plasma screen. 77ISO is required to read the plasma analog voltage. For packages and more information visit ARCPRO page.

[1] - These items may be purchased any time before or after shipping as they are software features

Discount Offer

We are looking for your awesome videos showcasing your machine and our motion controller. Send us videos and get 10% to 20% discount (depends on quality) on your next purchase of any of our motion controller. If you dont plan to purchase, we will refund you as a gift for making the video.

Here are some pointers for creating a good demo video:
  • This is a good example video a previous customer made for us.
  • The video demonstrates a part being created.
  • The video specifically shows our controller wired up and operating in a clean well organized panel.
  • Lots of camera angles and good editing (high quality editing is not 100% necessary, but the video should at least look somewhat professional)
  • Ultimately the amount for the discount (upto 20%) will depend on the quality of the video. A high quality video can receive a high discount, while it may be hard to justify a discount if the video will be difficult to use for marketing.

Price List

EC01 Boards and Options

EC01-4 $595
EtherCAT Motion Controller (Max 4 Motors) Add to order
EC01-6 $695
EtherCAT Motion Controller (Max 6 Motors) Add to order
EC01-8 $795
EtherCAT Motion Controller (Max 8 Motors) Add to order
EC01-12 $995
EtherCAT Motion Controller (Max 12 Motors) Add to order
AnaEnc-Expansion $95
Analog output 0-10V and Encoder (A,B,Z) Expansion for EC01. (Must be purchased along with the board) Add to order
EtherCAT Closed Loop Activation Add to order
EC01 Extended I/O Feature (Enable I/O on J1) Purchase of 7535 I/O board includes this feature! Add to order
Custom EtherCAT DRO Feature Activation Add to order
Mach4 ArcPro Screen with THC Activation Add to order
77ISO $195
Plasma Tip Voltage Adapter Board Add to order

EtherCAT I/O Module

ECS1-AB $425
EtherCAT Multifunction I/O unit with dual encoder channels Add to order


Mach4-Hobby $200
Mach4-Hobby Software License Add to order
Mach4-Industrial Software License Add to order
7535P $95
16in/8Out OptoIsolated PNP Sourcing Type I/O Board Add to order
7535N $95
16in/8Out OptoIsolated NPN Sink Type I/O Board Add to order
PW50V24 $40
Power Supply 24V 2.2A 50W Add to order
USB-MPG $295
USB MPG Handwheel for use with Mach4 Add to order

EtherCAT Motors and Drivers

YSK-EC-750 $1450
220V 750W YASKAWA SIGMA7 ETHERCAT DRIVE, 80mm 2.39Nm 3000rpm 750W Motor Add to order
GS060W400-30 $471.8
400W 60mm AC Servo Motor 1.27Nm,3000rpm, Peak 6000rpm EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 1ϕ Add to order
GS080W750-30 $512.87
750W 80mm AC Servo Motor 2.39Nm,3000rpm, Peak 6000rpm EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 1ϕ Add to order
GS080W1000-30 $570.26
1000W 80mm AC Servo Motor 3.18Nm,3000rpm, Peak 6000rpm EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 1ϕ Add to order
GS110W1260-30 $581.14
1260W 110mm AC Servo Motor 4Nm, 3000rpm, Peak 4000rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 1ϕ Add to order
GS110W1570-25 $639.48
1570W 110mm AC Servo Motor 6Nm, 2500rpm, Peak 4000rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 3ϕ Add to order
GS130W1000-20 $579.68
1000W 130mm AC Servo Motor 4.77Nm, 2000rpm, Peak 4000rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 1ϕ Add to order
GS130W1000-25 $579.68
1000W 130mm AC Servo Motor 4Nm, 2500rpm, Peak 4000rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 1ϕ Add to order
GS130W1300-15 $649.04
1300W 130mm AC Servo Motor 8.34Nm,1500rpm Peak 3000rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 3ϕ Add to order
GS130W1300-25 $628.74
1300W 130mm AC Servo Motor 5Nm,2500rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 3ϕ Add to order
GS130W1800-15 $762
1800W 130mm AC Servo Motor 11.5Nm,1500rpm peak 3000rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 3ϕ Add to order
GS130W2000-25 $762
2000W 130mm AC Servo Motor 7.7Nm, 2500rpm, Peak 3500rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 3ϕ Add to order
GS130W2360-15 $834.77
2360W 130mm AC Servo Motor 15Nm,1500rpm, Peak 3000rpm,EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 3ϕ Add to order
GS130W2600-25 $776.35
2600W 130mm AC Servo Motor 10Nm,2500rpm, Peak 4500rpm, EtherCAT Drive ABS 23bit Encoder 220V 3ϕ Add to order