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[2014-10-22] The annual Mobiltron seminar held in Mannheim (Germany) provided several presentations by users and partners of Sensor-Technik Wiedemann (STW). The two-day event focused on electronics for mobile machines including off-highway vehicles. One of the topics was electro-mobility and another one functional safety.

Mobile machines are increasingly equipped with electronic control systems. Therefore, conferences dealing with this topic are popping up like mushrooms: In September the VDI association of German engineers organized the second conference about mobile working machines in conjunction with two other events. In October the 6th Polish CAN conference focused on military applications, for example combat vehicles.

For the next year, CiA has scheduled the 2nd international Mobile Machine Control (MMC) conference. The call for papers has already started (deadline: January 15). And there are more events to come that address engineers developing electronic control equipment for “machines on wheels”.

Holger Zeltwanger

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Agriculture

Loader wagon with Isobus controls

[2014-10-23] Vicon (Germany) has extended its range of loader wagons with the 14-t Rotex 400. Features include a V-Max intake rotor, Isobus controls, and a heavy-duty driveline.

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Position sensors

Non-contacting sensors with CANopen

[2014-10-23] Novotechnik will be presenting a number of position sensors at the SPS IPC Drives 2014. All of these sensors are available with a CANopen interface.

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Terminal

Isobus and video capabilities

[2014-10-23] The Green Star 3 (GS3) 2630 Display from John Deere is a 10,4-inch color display. It  features a full-color touchscreen for controlling precision applications, machines, and implements.

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Barking machine

Hydraulics for forestry crane

[2014-10-23] At the Mobiltron seminar organized by STW, Björn Weiss presented how the efficiency of a hydraulic system has been increased. He used an electronic flow-on-demand control approach.

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Micro-controller

40-Nm MCU for automotive chassis systems

[2014-10-23] Renesas Electronics (Germany) supports automotive chassis systems with its RH850/P1x series of micro-controllers (MCUs) certified to ASIL-D standards. The series features a CAN interface.

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Automotive micro-controller

CAN FD series for 3D graphics

[2014-10-23] Spansion (USA) introduced the latest member of its Traveo microcontroller series aimed at human machine interfaces in automotive dashboards. The series offers four CAN interfaces and CAN FD.

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Inertial measurement unit

Miniature sensor with GNSS receiver

[2014-10-22] SBG System’s Ellipse inertial sensors provide orientation and position data in 45 g. They let the user connect their own GPS or use the internal one, connect an odometer, and receive differential GPS corrections.

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Servodrive and servomotor

Brushless and digital

[2014-10-22] The Fast-Back from Axor Industries (Italy) is an all-in-one unit of brushless servodrive and servomotor. It is fully digital and complies with the CANopen protocols CiA 301 version 4.02 and CiA 402 version 2.0.

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Q&A with Infoteam

Questions to software specialists

[2014-10-20] Christopher Schemm answered five questions about Infoteam's PLCopen runtime system. The software includes a third-party CANopen protocol stack and supports CiA 405.

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IEC 61131

Safety tools simplify software design

[2014-10-20] At the Mobiltron 2014 seminar, 3S (Germany) presented their tool chain for safety-related software design using Codesys. The SIL-2 compliant approach supports CANopen Safety.

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Conference

Heavy-duty diesel diagnostics

[2014-10-17] The 3rd international Heavy-Duty Diesel Diagnostics conference for the diagnostics of trucks, buses, and off-highway vehicles took place last week. Main topics were diagnostic data in the cloud, big data, and security.

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Technology partnership

Software drivers for CAN cards

[2014-10-17] Software developer Intervalzero and Janz Tec have announced a technology partnership: Janz Tec develops Intervalzero RTX64 2014 drivers for their CAN card solutions.

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Multiturn encoder

36-mm magnetic CANopen encoder

[2014-10-17] Kuebler (Germany) has released another optical absolute multiturn encoder: the Sendix M36 series of magnetic encoders. The series comes with a size of 36 mm and IP67 protection level.

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Conformance testing

Reliability for automotive components

[2014-10-17] E-Infochips (US) has announced the availability of the CAN 2.0 Verification IP (VIP). With a reusable ISO 16845 compliance suite, it reduces SOC and ASIC test development time by 80 %.

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Data acquisition software

Analysis, simulation, and data processing

[2014-10-16] Ipetronik (Germany) has released the 2014 R2 version of its data acquisition software Ipemotion. Extensions of it apply to CAN traffic analysis and CAN traffic simulation.

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Protocol converter

Profinet-adapter for CAN systems

[2014-10-16] The Anagate-Profinet-Z-Card of Analytica (Germany) connects a programming logic controller (PLC) to the Z-Card control board of Interroll Automation (Germany). It is for devices with a CAN- but without a Profinet interface.

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Encoder

Mining with CANopen

[2014-10-15] Kuebler’s (Germany) incremental Sendix Atex 7000 encoders with Atex/IECEx – M2 certification are suitable for explosive atmospheres. Their diameter of 70 mm allows mounting where space is tight.

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I/O interface

CAN and J1939 multi-master capabilities

[2014-10-16] North Atlantic Industries (NAI) has introduced the Nano Interface Unit (NIU1). It was designed to add communication interfaces to industrial and aerospace applications.

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Micro-controller

First samples with CAN FD support

[2014-10-15] Atmel (USA) has announced the development of a family of Atmel | Smart ARM Cortex-M7-based MCUs. The series offers a dual CAN FD core from Bosch.

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40 I/Os

CAN-node for hydraulic valves

[2014-10-16] The CAN-node ICN-VV from Inter Control (Germany) was designed to control hydraulic valves. Direct control of proportional valves is possible. It comes with 40 I/Os.

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