From the editors' desk

A robot arm (Fanuc) lifting a car (Photo: Cindy Weissmueller)

2016-06-24 (cw): Yesterday I visited the Automatica exhibition in Munich, the leading trade fair for automation and mechatronics. This year, the fair (June 21 to 24) had a registration record. In five halls, more than 800 companies displayed their solutions for the optimization of production processes, professional service robotics, Industry 4.0, and human-robot collaborations. The era of smart robotics and automation has begun.

Among the range of robot arms, there was one which can help you to get more hair. The Artas robotic system is the first and only robotic hair transplant system. The six-axis machine removes individual hair roots, which are then reinserted in the places affected by hair loss. Interesting, right?

 

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Slave unit

20 I/Os and no programming

[2016-06-28] The 38 CANopen Slave M1 by Epec (Finland) is a control unit for a CAN-based control system. The device complies with CiA 401 and has 20 controllable I/Os.

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Update tool

Updating multiple CANopen devices

[2016-06-27] The CANopen Update Manager by Emtas supports users to update CANopen devices. Often it is not a single CANopen device that must be updated, but rather a set of CANopen devices in a network.

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Bluetooth communication

Synchronized radar boxes and traffic cameras

[2016-06-23] Traffic cameras are effective at lowering speeds – but they need to communicate with a radar box to do so. The Ixxat CANblue II enables wireless Bluetooth communication between radar boxes and traffic cameras.

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Oscilloscopes

Serial bus triggering and decoding

[2016-06-23] Siglent offers the SDS2000X series Super Phosphor Oscilloscopes. The trigger system supports multiple triggering modes including serial bus triggering of protocols such as CAN.

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I/O module

Showing the value of the input at the output

[2016-06-23] Frenzel + Berg (Germany) has expanded its CANopen module series. The Hipecs-CIO151 comes with eight analog inputs, eight analog outputs, and two digital inputs.

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Web panel

HTML-based visualization of machine data

[2016-06-22] Janz Tec’s emWEB panel devices are designed to visualize machine data provided in web pages. The web panels come with HTML5 browser support and optional Codesys environment and CAN interface.

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CiA 462

CANopen profile for item detection devices

[2016-06-22] CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 462 CANopen profile for item detection devices, which include 2D and 3D optical cameras. Item detection devices are often used in mobile machines to detect obstacles.

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Reference platform

Simplifying advanced connectivity

[2016-06-21] Qualcomm has announced the Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform: it is aimed at accelerating the adoption of advanced and complex connectivity into the next-generation of connected cars.

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CAN-to-USB

5-channel interface and data logger

[2016-06-21] Kvaser has introduced a 5-channel CAN-to-USB interface and data logger. It allows users to monitor and log data from multiple CAN channels using just one device. It supports J1939, CANopen, NMEA 2000, Devicenet, and in future CAN FD.

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CAN in Automation

Upcoming CAN-related seminars

[2016-06-21] Attendees of the seminars of CAN in Automation (CiA) receive basic information on CAN/CAN FD or CANopen and other CAN-related know-how. Additonally, a seminar on CAN 2020 is coming up.

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