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2016-04-29: (ae) After the unprecedented success of the last CAN Newsletter magazine – at the moment it has been downloaded nearly 9000 times – motivation for the next edition is quite high. Readers can look forward to articles on the CAN FD plug fest and on a load-carrying ebike. We are excited to see if the numbers for this edition were a fluke, or if the trend continues.

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Control concept

World’s smallest automated mobile working machine

[2016-04-28] Anedo demonstrated their control concept open:system at Bauma 2016, using a Dino Car for what is presumed to be the world’s smallest automated mobile working machine.

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Weighing electronics

Integrator for belt scale system

[2016-04-28] The Milltronics BW500 by Siemens is an integrator for use with belt scales and weighfeeders. It operates with a speed sensor. Belt load and speed signals are processed for an accurate flow rate and totalized weight of bulk solids.

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CANopen display

Support for CiA 301 and parts of CiA 401

[2016-04-28] The CAN display HE 5120 by Hesch (Germany) is used for the visualization e.g. of weight and level. For connection, CANopen is supported.

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Interface

CAN digitizer for weighing applications

[2016-04-28] The digitizer SGM700 series by Penko Engineering (Netherlands) is suitable for automatic and non-automatic weighing applications such as silos.

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Junction box

Monitoring load cell weighing systems

[2016-04-28] The Intelligent Junction Box by Hense (Germany) is designed for monitoring load cell weighing systems for error or fault conditions. All fault messages are transmitted via the on board CAN interface.

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Single board computer

ARM Cortex SBC with Linux

[2016-04-28] The piA-AM3352 is a single board computer based on the ARM Cortex A8 architecture. It is enclosed in a top-hat rail housing with IP20. Its CAN transceiver is isolated.

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CANopen Safety

Angle sensors support EN 50325-5

[2016-04-27] Hydac (Germany) has introduced the HAT 1000 and HAT 3000 series of absolute measuring angle sensors. They support EN 50325-5, known as CANopen Safety.

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Simulation environment

Bluetooth/CAN interface supported

[2016-04-27] Zuragon (UK) has announced that ViCANdo now supports Star Cooperation’s FlexCard Air-S. FlexCard Air-S is a Bluetooth-based interface for CAN and LIN suitable for Windows, Android, and Linux applications.

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Touchscreen

Hand-held terminal with CANopen

[2016-04-26] ESA Automation offers a hand-held touchscreen terminal. The VT505H comes with a CANopen interface and 150 communication protocols.

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Driver’s aid

Smarter driving with CAN

[2016-04-26] The Driver Awareness Panel (DAP) by Vidiwave is an in-vehicle display that encourages drivers to drive smarter. The panel monitors and analyses the data of the vehicle’s CAN network.

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IoT gateway

Spam filter for IoT

[2016-04-21] Dell’s Edge Gateway 5000 series delivers an IoT gateway with analytic capabilities, I/O options, and the ability to operate in extreme environments. The solution was designed for the rigors of building and factory automation.

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Development tool

SRDO configuration module extended

[2016-04-21] Emtas (Germany) has released a new version of its CANopen Device Explorer development tool. It comes with an improved SRDO configuration module.

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Remote control

Users choose switches and buttons

[2016-04-21] Tyro Remotes (Netherlands) has launched Pollux, a remote control that can be used in CAN networks. Customers can determine whether the remote has buttons, switches, and analog or digital joysticks.

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CANopen software

Platform-independent protocol stack

[2016-04-21] Simma Software (US) is the latest member of CAN in Automation. It provides a CANopen protocol stack that can be used on any platform with an 8/16/32-bit micro-controller.

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Firewall for cars

Protecting ECUs against hackers

[2016-04-21] Karamba Security wants to harden ECUs against foreign code. Rather than looking for hackers that are already in the car’s CAN network, Karamba focuses on detecting and stopping attacks from getting into the CAN network in the first place.

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Visualization software

Android app shows CAN data on mobiles

[2016-04-21] Star Cooperation has released an update for their Android software Flex Config Analyzer. Version 3.0 adds various features around visualizing CAN, LIN, and Flexray data on mobile devices.

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