The EtherCAT Technology Group is a forum jointly established by users, OEMs, machine vendors, and other automation suppliers. The group‘s purpose is to provide support for and to propagate the benefits of EtherCAT as an open technology. A certification lab is affiliated with the organization‘s head office in Nuremberg. All contractual agreements for use of the technology must be made directly with Beckhoff Automation. Based in Nuremberg, Germany, the EtherCAT Technology Group is a “nicht eingetragener Verein”, i.e. a non-registered club in the sense of the German Civil Code.