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CANopen Lift plugfest

The sixth CANopen Lift plugfest was again hosted by CAN in Automation (CiA). It provided the opportunity for manufacturers of lift control systems and equipment to test the new functions introduced with current version 2.1 of the CANopen application profile for lift control systems (CiA 417).

During the plugfest, CANopen devices from Lift Equip, Safeline, Schaefer, and Ziehl-Abegg were connected to each of four different lift controller systems provided by Böhnke + Partner (recently bought by Schmersal), Intec, Sprinte, and Weber Lifttechnik. The engineers tested their implemented functions such as firmware download/update by means of boot-loader (load/store parameter sets), error counter, energy saving procedure known as device degradation and power measurement. The lift controller manufacturers pointed out possible compatibility issues with their products.