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25 years of Port

The name Port is connected to industrial communication – for 25 years now. The company has been developing fieldbus technology since 1990 and has been a member of CiA since 1992.

Port has a long experience with CANopen tools (Photo: Port)

BEING AMONG THE EARLIEST ADOPTERS OF CANopen technology, Port can claim to have contributed to the success of CANopen. Today, they are among the leading suppliers for CANopen protocol libraries and corresponding tools.

The company has stuck to their philosophy for 25 years: protocol libraries and tools that are independent from the platform (MCU, CPU) and offered in different product ranges. A platform specific driver is the interface. These days, performance and price of a MCU or CPU are not show-stoppers anymore. Customers decide according to their application and prevent dependencies. Port supports around 100 platforms. In 2009, significant changes happened: The founders Heinz-Juergen Oertel and Hartmut Tietz sold the company’s shares to Marcus Tangermann and Christian Bornschein. New technologies came on board and different markets are being served.

The new owners added new business segments: protocol libraries and tools for Profinet, Ethernet/IP, Ethercat, and Powerlink while maintaining CANopen. The company grew in a short time to employ 20 engineers. Besides software development services, hardware development services are provided as well. The Industrial Ethernet Multi-Protocol solutions by Port are also a business segment.

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 are changing the market for industrial automation, drive the technology further and demand new business models. The company is a technology partner for the semiconductor manufacturers and for the device manufacturers. Adding another business segment to the protocol libraries and tools they are rendering software and hardware engineering services and are available to run complete OEM developments.

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