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IAS 2017

Impressions from the fair in Shanghai

Published 2017-11-14

From November 7 to 11, the IAS (Industrial Automation Show) took place in Shanghai. CiA participated jointly with its members Hongke and Kvaser in the German pavilion.

Many CiA members exhibited at IAS 2017 in Shanghai (Photo: CiA)
German products were asked by Chinese visitors (Photo: CiA)

The IAS tradeshow and nine other exhibitions took place in Shanghai’s National Exhibition and Convention Center. The IAS fair organized by the Hannover Fair administration filled two halls. More than 50 CiA members presented their CAN and CANopen products. On the CiA booth at the German pavilion, Honke exhibited the products form IHR, Peak, and SYS TEC. Additionally, Kvaser showed their CAN and CAN FD interface solutions. On the German pavilion, also some other CiA members such as Posital and Wachendorff had there own booths.

Schneider Electric showed a solar power system with CANopen controlled mirrors (Photo: CiA)
Deeply embedded CANopen networks in Rittal’s control cabinets used for air-conditioning (Photo: CiA)

CANopen and CAN products were also shown on other CiA members’ stands in the IAS halls. Most of them are headquartered in Europe. They presented their CAN-related products and services. This included host controllers, drives, and motion controllers, sensors, and measuring devices as well as displays and human machine interfaces. Additionally, CiA members exhibited gateways to other networks especially to Ethernet and WLAN. There is still a huge demand on protocol converters for serial interfaces (EIA-232 and EIA-485) including Modbus. To provide CANopen connectivity, Chinese device providers often use interface modules as offered by Deutschmann, HMS, and Hilscher. All three companies were present at IAS in Shanghai.

Estun (China) presented its CANopen servos connected to a host controller (Photo: CiA)
The autonomous driving vehicle on Kinco’s (China) booth used for CANopen servos (Photo: CiA)

One of the first Chinese CiA members, Kinco, showed together with its customer Shanghai Quicktron Intelligent Technology, an autonomous driving vehicle for factory floor applications. CANopen motion units controlled the four wheels. The Chinese member manufactures since many years CANopen host controllers, I/O modules, motion controllers, and displays. Other Chinese CiA members also showcased their CAN products, e.g. Advantech (interface boards, gateways, etc.), Gemple (encoder), Leadshine (servo controller).

The “backstreet” aisles were not always very attractive (Photo: CiA)
“Please take care of your belongings,” was an urgently warning (Photo: CiA)

Also some non-members launched their CAN and CANopen products at the IAS. Jinan Kaisi Technology (China) introduced some CANopen rotary encoders manufactured by a German company. The products are available in housings rated up to IP67. The Chinese company was established in 2008 and is located in Jinan. The product portfolio includes also wiredraw sensors based on the above-mentioned German encoders. Sensitel headquartered in Tianjin introduced some IP67-rated CANopen modules featuring 16 digital inputs or digital outputs. The company also provides IP20-rated CANopen modules. Porcheson located in Shenzhen presented their CAN-based rubber and plastic control system. It comprises host controllers, keyboards, and units for pneumatic manipulators and servos.

Several manufacturers from Taiwan presented CANopen I/O modules and host controllers programmable in IEC 61131-3 languages. Brainchild, for example, introduced the vPLC controller featuring Linux and Codesys. Via the CANopen interface the company’s I/O modules could be linked remotely. Available are modules with digital and analog ports. Delta exhibited its CANopen inverter and host controllers.

Moons (China) can run 112 axes on one single CANopen network with Beckhoff’s host controller (Photo: CiA)
CANopen-connectable PLCs and human machine interfaces by Brainchild from Taiwan (Photo: CiA)

Moons and Estun, both ex-CiA members, presented motion controllers with CANopen connectivity. Moons demonstrated a system with 112 servos. Zhuzhou Jiacheng Technology (China) exhibited controllers featuring Codesys, I/O modules, and displays for mobile machinery. These products provide CAN connectivity. The Even Control family includes also dashboards and keypads with CAN interfaces. They are suitable for outdoor applications including commercial vehicles. JTT uses CAN connectivity for its battery management system.

Schneider Electric showed their CANopen products on the Environmental Protection & Equipment Show, an IAS sister exhibition on the same fairground. Besides several products, the French enterprise demonstrated some CANopen controlled mirrors to be used in solar power systems. Those systems have been already used successfully in Spain and Morocco. In China, a first 1-MW prototype has been installed.

CANopen I/O modules by Weidmueller (Photo: CiA)
CANopen motion controllers by Leadshine (Photo: CiA)

More than 120 000 visitors came to the 19th China Industrial Fair comprising the IAS and nine other tradeshows. This year, the IAS show attracted 600 companies from 21 countries and regions including Austria, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, America, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and U.S.A. Most of the CiA members were satisfied with the fair result and will come back next year. At IAS 2018, CiA is going to provide CANopen product panels on its booth. Additionally, members have the opportunity to join the booth by means of a manned table with posters. CiA also plans to participate at the Bauma Shanghai 2018 exhibition.

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