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CiA members from the beginning

There are 14 members who joint the non-profit CAN in Automation (CiA) association in 1992 and are still members. Today, the CAN users’ and manufacturers’ group counts more than 720 members.

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The complete article is published in the June issue of the CAN Newsletter magazine 2022. This is just an excerpt.

Besides two founding members, ESD Electronics and G.i.N., some more companies have joined CiA 30 years ago. These are in alphabetic order: Eckelmann, Janz Tec, KEB Automation, Kvaser, Moba Mobile Automation, Moog, NXP (formerly Philips Semiconductors), Port Industrial Automation, Selectron Systems, Softing, and Vector Informatik. Most of them are German companies. Kvaser from Sweden, Philips Semiconductor headquartered in the Netherlands, and the Swiss Selectron were exceptions. There is one member not listed yet: Holger Zeltwanger, the initiator of the association. He was a private individual working in those days as an editor for the German VMEbus magazine.

Holger Zeltwanger, initiated the CiA association 1992 in Nuremberg (Germany)

Holger Zeltwanger said: “Kvaser was a very early CAN admirer. The company developed already before the CiA foundation CAN solutions for the textile industry and supported manufacturers of hydraulic devices with CAN connectivity. Philips Semiconductor provided the 80C200 stand-alone CAN controller competing against the 82526 standalone controller by Intel (USA). The Dutch chipmaker was also one of the first companies offering an integrated CAN high-speed transceiver. The company, now part of NXP, is today still a known CAN transceiver supplier. The first transceiver chips coming directly from the factory were given to CiA members to apply them in their products. These were connected in the very first CiA plugfest on the Interkama tradeshow in October 1992. “This was the first demonstration of CAN-interoperable products”, he continued.

Talking to Holger Zeltwanger, he explained more details: “The early German CiA members provided different CAN-connectable devices. G.i.N produced some tiny CAN I/O modules, while ESD manufactured CAN interface modules besides VMEbus board-level products. A similar portfolio was provided by Janz Tec. KEB and Moog were suppliers of electrical respectively hydraulic actuators. Eckelmann developed decentralized control systems on behalf of machine builders as well as Selectron.

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CAN in Automation
CAN Newsletter June 2022