From the editors' desk

The presentations at the tech day were held in the middle of the exhibition hall (Photo: CiA)

[2015-03-27] Detroit, where the CAN protocol was introduced in 1986, was also where the first CAN FD plug fest in the US took place this week. About 14 companies tested their CAN FD products on interoperability. They used Bosch’s test topology as well as GM’s wiring harness. At the end, every CAN FD device was working - up to a limit due to implementation limitations. More than 45 participants were mostly highly satisfied and asked for another plug fest.

The following day, CiA organized a CAN FD tech day in GM’s heritage center. Some 70 attendees listened to papers ranging from standardization to applications, including background information about physical layer and testing issues. The next CAN FD tech day will take place in June in San José, CA.

Holger Zeltwanger

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Modular gateway

Connecting CANopen to various networks

[2015-03-27] The Kunbus mGate gateway enables communication between different networks and systems. It converts all data that the target network can transfer. It omits non-transferrable data and adds necessary data for the new network.

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Transmission system

One million units

[2015-03-26] One million units of the AS Tronic, an automatic transmission system from ZF for heavy commercial vehicles, have come off the production line. Over the years, the system developed from manual shifting to automatic shifting via CAN.

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Rail vehicles

Control of hybrid drives with J1939

[2015-03-26] When used on rail vehicles, the Luetze Dioline PLC compact controller enables decentralized and autonomous preprocessing of functions below the main control level. The main control is thus relieved and becomes more reliable.

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Graphical development tool

Software application configuration

[2015-03-26] Pixy (Switzerland) has launched version 3.2 of its Pixy Application Designer (PAD). Following development work including a field study, it comes with a host of features including CAN and CANopen.

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CAN in Automation

China roadshow 2015

[2015-03-25] CAN in Automation is going on tour in China: From April 14 to 22, CANopen events are planned in various cities, from Beijing to Hangzhou.

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5-finger gripper hand

Almost human

[2015-03-25] The mechatronic SVH 5-finger gripper hand from Schunk, designed for service robot applications, is ready for serial production. The grippers are very similar to the human model.

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Dash logger

For motorsport racers

[2015-03-25] The MXG and MXL2 from AiM (Italy) are so-called dash loggers for motorsports. Measured values are displayed on the screen and simultaneously stored in the integrated data logger.

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System-on-module

Supports Linux, U-Boot, and CAN

[2015-03-25] Denx Computer Systems (Germany) has released a system-on-module, the M6R. The module supports Linux 3.x and U-Boot as operating systems and has a CAN interface.

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Power supply unit

Independence from varying line voltages

[2015-03-25] The Compact Power ES24 power supply unit from Eltex measures 60 mm x 155 mm x 90 mm and comes with a 24-VDC voltage connection. This makes the unit independent from the diverse national line voltages.

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CAN FD transceiver

Withstands harsh conditions

[2015-03-25] Microchip Technology (US) has announced a family of CAN FD transceivers, the MCP2561/2FD. These transceivers can serve both the CAN and CAN FD protocol.

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Remote control system

Receiver update

[2015-03-24] Tele Radio (Germany) has updated its Panther industrial remote control system with the CANopen receivers PN-T18-1 and PN-T18-2.

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J1939 protocol stack

With an adaptable CAN driver layer

[2015-03-24] Pyramid Solutions (USA) has announced the release of its Netstax J1939 Device Development Kit (JDDK). The kit provides J1939 messaging and diagnostics functionality through a logical application programming interface.

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Solar fields

60 000 CAN nodes in one network

[2015-03-19] Some of the largest CAN networks today can be found in power generation, most notably in solar fields. Heliostats are controlled and monitored via CAN to heat water to over 500 °C.

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CAN-node

64 I/Os for cabins and electrical cabinets

[2015-03-19] With its 64 I/Os, Inter Control’s Digsy ICN-D64 CAN-node is suitable for places where many signals have to be read in or transmitted. Thus it is fit to be used in the driver’s cabin or in an electrical cabinet.

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Heater and valve

System solutions for gas condensing

[2015-03-18] EBM-Papst has presented its products and system solutions for gas-air ratio assembly at the ISH trade fair. Both a gas-air system and a gas valve come with a CAN port.

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CPU board

Fan-less up to 85 °C

[2015-03-19] Kontron's (Germany) CP3010-SA, a low-power 3U CompactPCI CPU board, supports the Intel Atom processors E3827 and E3845. It offers a maximum of quad-core 1,91 GHz processing performance.

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Stepper motor controller

Processor ups the pace

[2015-03-19] Systec (Germany) has completely redesigned its Xemo stepper motor controllers. Internal benchmarks have revealed that the processing speed of the processor is about ten times higher than the predecessor model.

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Pressure transmitter

CANopen and optional J1939

[2015-03-19] ADZ Nagano (Germany) provides a range of pressure transmitters. Among others, the SMC, which is a pressure transmitter with CANopen interface.

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