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[2014-04-22] Beckhoff (Germany) and Bernecker & Rainer (Austria) are neck and neck: In 2013, their total revenue was 435 million, respectively475 million. Their turnover increase was 7 percent and 11 percent. Both companies have expanded their sales networks. Beckhoff opened nine additional regional branch offices worldwide, and Bernecker & Reiner added two subsidiaries as well as several regional offices.

Both companies provide among others CANopen products for industrial automation. Unfortunately, they promote them less than their Ethernet-based products. It can be quite difficult for us to keep our readers updated on their CANopen products, because sometimes they are not announced by means of press releases. They are sold, so-to-speak, under the table. Nevertheless, the sales of CANopen devices is growing.

More on Beckhoff and B&R.

Annegret Emerich, Nickel Plankermann, Cindy Weißmüller, Holger Zeltwanger

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J1939 and NMEA-2000

Analyzing traffic with functional blocks

[2014-04-23] CAN-Capture is a Controller Area Network analysis and development tool from Enovation Controls (US). This software application was developed for capturing and analyzing traffic on a CAN network.

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CAN-USB adaptor

For distances up to 1000 meters

[2014-04-23] CAN-Key by SMT (US) is a CAN-USB adaptor designed for CAN bus communication. It is used in networks with a large number of nodes that require communication over large distances.

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Keypad

IP67-rated with 4 x 3 and 2 x 6 buttons

[2014-04-23] HED (USA) has developed CAN-connectable keypads. They are designed for outdoor applications and comes optionally with J1939 support.

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Keypads

IP67-rated with 6 or 11 buttons

[2014-04-23] Kongsberg Automotive (Norway) offers keypads for mobile machines. They support J1939-71 and NMEA2000 (IEC 61162-3) higher-layer protocols. The CAN interface is available as a 6-pin connector.

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J1939 or CANopen

All-terrain vehicles: up to 1270 kg load capacity

[2014-04-22] Warner Linear (US) has introduced their K2x CAN actuator control. The actuator features an in-line ball screw system. It is made for rugged–duty applications and communicates via J1939 or CANopen.

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CiA 301 and CiA 401

11-channel CANopen module

[2014-04-22] CAN-2026C CR is a CAN remote I/O module by ICP DAS (Germany) supporting CANopen and Devicenet. It follows the CiA 301 version 4.02 and CiA 401 version 2.1.

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Embedded PC

CANopen NMT master functionality

[2014-04-22] Beckhoff (Germany) has introduced the CX8050 PC-based controller, which provides CAN connectivity. It comes with CANopen master software, but can also be used for CAN layer-2 applications. It measures 65 mm x 100 mm x 80 mm.

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Battery sensor

Three measurement-channels and CAN on-board

[2014-04-22] The MM9Z1J638 battery sensor by Freescale (USA) comprises measurement-channels, a 16/32-bit MCU, and a CAN protocol controller in a single package. It is designed for both conventional and emerging battery chemistries.

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Research project

Direct CAN interface within drives

[2014-04-17] At last week’s industrial fair HMI, the University of Applied Sciences in Kaiserslautern (Germany) participated with an innovation in the field of drive technology: Their two-sided field controlled machine (TSFCIM) is a brushless servo drive wi...

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Cooperation

4-core processors for automation system

[2014-04-17] B&R (Austria) introduced their Automation PC 910 system, which implements Core i-series processors from Intel (US). When Intel’s CPUs with up to four cores appeared on the market, they were put to use in the automation series.

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Reducing fuel costs

Two solutions for fleet management

[2014-04-17] VDO (Germany) has introduced the DTCO Geoloc, which records GPS positions with the help of a tachograph, and the DTCO Fuelgate, which gives fleet managers a digital overview of their fuel costs.

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Partnership agreement

CANopen Lift: becoming more prevalent in the lift industry

[2014-04-17] Safeline (Germany) and Hennemann Electronic Consulting (Germany) have entered into a partnership agreement. The partnership includes HEC promoting and supporting Safeline’s product range with primary focus on CANopen Lift.

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Android app

Mobile diagnostics from a single source

[2014-04-15] RM Michaelides (Germany) has developed a combination of their Dashboard visualization software with the wireless CAN interface CANlink WLAN. The combination provides error diagnosis from a single source.

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Handheld diagnostic tool

Firmware update adds features

[2014-04-15] Peak-System (Germany) has released firmware 1.7 for the PCAN-Diag 2. The handheld device diagnoses CAN networks on OSI layers 1 and 2. With the firmware update, the device obtains additional features.

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