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2016-05-03: (hz) From May 2 to 5, the Offshore Technology Conference takes place in Houston. Although I am in the USA, sadly I don't have time to visit this event. But Wago shows its XTR line of harsh environment I/O modules featuring CANopen connectivity; and Tecsis presents its CANopen inclinometer (Model LPI). I am sure there are more CAN products on the accompanying exhibition.

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Zero-Defect Quality Award

Award for Infineon’s CAN transceivers

[2016-05-04] The car manufacturer Toyota has awarded Infineon Technologies with its ‘Excellent Quality Award’ for delivering outstanding quality products. The award was given for Infineon’s CAN transceivers.

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Active gas pedal

I pushed the pedal – and the pedal pushed back

[2016-05-04] With Bosch’s active gas pedal, vibrations can lighten pressure on the gas pedal and warn of wrong-way drivers. Supposedly, it can lower fuel consumption by 7 %.

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Refractometer

Measuring vinegar concentrations

[2016-05-04] Anton Paar has announced a new device for the measurement of vinegar component concentrations. The refractometer communicates via Devicenet.

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Control software

Parameterization of fan speed control

[2016-05-04] Rexroth’s control solution for hydrostatic fan drives evaluates up to six different temperature signals. The software requires only the input of individual parameters and records up to six different temperature signals via J1939.

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Brushless motor

Parallel operation of CANopen and USB

[2016-05-04] With up to 400 W, Crouzet Motors’ brushless and geared motors offer high power ratings. The brushless motors allow parallel operation of CANopen and USB connections, which enables control of the operating mode via a PC.

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Sensor + Test 2016

High-voltage measurement modules

[2016-05-04] Thanks to integrated sensor excitation, CSM’s CAN-based HV measurement systems ensure the safe use of standard sensors with analog voltage output in high voltage environments.

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Inclinometer

CANopen sensor measures boom angle

[2016-05-04] Tecsis’ Model LPI inclination sensor determines angles relative to the horizon. It is highly accurate and suitable for the monitoring of boom deflection on cranes, and angles on derricks, platforms, and lifts.

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Development tool

Revised operating concept for ECU testing

[2016-05-03] Vector has introduced numerous technical and user operation-related improvements into version 9.0 of CANoe. The most apparent change is the fundamentally revised operating concept.

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Piezo controller

CAN interface for piezo amplifiers

[2016-05-03] Piezosystem Jena has presented a CAN interface for its piezo controllers/amplifiers. The data transfer via CAN reduces the reaction time of piezo actuators to under one millisecond – ten times faster.

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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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