Agriculture robot platform
Battery data is transmitted via CANopen
2019-08-22 Thorvald is a module-based robot design. The modules are designed to work in greenhouse, tunnel, open field, and orchard applications.
2019-08-22 Compulab (Israel) has launched the CL-SOM-iMX8X System-on-Module (SoM) based on NXP’s i.MX8X System-on-Chip (SoC) family. The SoC provides three CAN FD ports.
Energy supply solution
2019-08-22 The contactless energy solution Etalink3000 enables the “in process charging” of driverless transport vehicles, mobile robots, and forklift trucks. It uses a CAN network for real-time data collection.
2019-08-21 Port changed its German name “Port Gesellschaft für computergestützte Automation” into “Port Industrial Automation”.
CiA 306 series updated
2019-08-20 The CANopen EDS/DCF specification (part 1) has been updated regarding CANopen Safety (EN 50325-4). The CANopen Object Data Base (CODB) specification (part 2) has been improved, too. The third part supports now reference designators.
2019-08-15 Zub, a daughter of Maxon, has added kinematic commands to its Aposs path editor and its motion control library. The software supports among others X/Y tables, Scara and delta robots.
CiA 406 and CiA 461
2019-08-15 CiA has released new versions of the CANopen profiles CiA 406 and CiA 461. Members can download them free-of-charge.
Optional CANopen interface
2019-08-15 National Oilwell Varco (NOV) provides the Guardian pump controller family. It includes controllers for progressive cavity (PC) and rod pumps.
2019-08-14 Bosch and Daimler have jointly developed an SAE level-4 automated parking function. Recently, the relevant German authorities have obtained approval.
NMEA 2000 and SAE J1939
2019-08-14 Warwick Control Technologies (UK) has introduced J1939-based protocol stack kits. They support NMEA 2000 equivalent to IEC 61162-3.
2019-08-14 TWK provides functional-safe (PL d) encoders, which uses proprietary PDOs instead of SRDOs as specified in EN 50325-5.
Made in China
2019-08-13 The Inovance Group headquartered in Shenzhen (China) offers as a first CANopen product, the EA58S absolute encoder. The company jointed recently the nonprofit CiA association.
Battery management system
2019-08-08 Renesas supplies for the Formular-E car by Mahindra the ISL78714 Li-on battery management system and the RH850 micro-controller with integrated CAN FD modules.
2019-08-08 The Japanese carmaker adopted the R-Car system-on-chip and the RH850 automotive micro-controller by Renesas for its Propilot 2.0 driver assistance system.
Gateway and boot-loader
2019-08-08 Port (Germany) offers CANopen software for an Ethernet gateway and introduces a CANopen boat-loader.