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5th CAN conference in Poland with fewer participants

The two-days event took place September 20 and 21 in Ustron (Poland) and was dedicated for designers of military as well as civil machinery based on CAN networks. In five sessions, the speaker presented applications and products. An additional session was used as hand-on CANopen introduction seminar.

In Ustron close to the forest, the 5th CAN conference in Poland took place addressing researcher and industrial system designers
THE CONFERENCE TOOK PLACE THE FIFTH TIME. Every two years, CAN experts and newcomers are gathering together in the health resort town of Ustron close to the Czech and Slovakian boarder, in order to exchange knowledge and experiences. One of the main objectives is to bring researchers and industries in contact. This event was organized by Obrum, part of the Bumar enterprise, and sponsored by CiA, Diga, and PIAP. The conference program comprised 18 presentations. The papers are documented on a CD distributed to the about 50 participants. The number of attendees has decreased compared with previous conference held in 2010.
The presentations included some general information about CiA and future developments in CAN technology including CAN FD. Diga (Poland) presented its CAN Studio version 3, a CANopen analyzing and configuration tool developed in Poland. It will be available soon. The Polish company distributes also the CANopen products from Intercontrol as well as from Microcontrol. Hydac (Germany) introduced its CANopen product line of hydraulic devices and controllers. The CANopen host controllers were originally developed by TTControl, which is now part of the Hydac group. The company offers also CANopen-connectable linear transducers and pressure sensors.
Universities and institutes reported about research projects, in particular mobile robots for military and civil purposes. The PIAP institute presented its different mobile robots (Scout and Gryf) suitable for counterterrorist, military and police applications. They are equipped with CAN networks interconnecting the motor controllers. Interesting was the paper about a forensic robot. The Warsaw Polytechnic Institute has developed a specific mobile robot using embedded CANopen networks, which are suitable to investigate criminal sceneries that are contaminated. For this application the institute has also developed specific CANopen sensor, which are able to detect chemical and radiological contaminations.
Bosch-Rexroth presented an embedded control system for special working train vehicles comprising several CAN-based networks. The rail-track lifting train uses one J1939-based network for the diesel and transmission control, while the other networks are using the CANopen application layer. The CANopen networks link the hydraulic modules, inclinometers, and other sensors to the host controllers. The entire system consists of five host controllers, five display units, five inclinometers, and 250 inputs as well as 100 outputs. The system is SIL-2 approved (ISO 61508) and is complied with the Performance Level d (ISO 13849).
At the end of the two-days conference, Diga provided a hands-on introduction into CANopen using its CAN Studio tool (version 2). The participants learnt to configure PDOs by means of SDO services, started the network and the device by means of NMT services.

Analyzing and configuration tool for CANopen and J1939 developed
in Poland
On the same table: CANopen products from Intercontrol and Microcontrol distributed
by Diga
Hydac presented its control units originally developed by TTControl

The mobile robot for police purposes can be operated even in chemical or radioactive contaminated environments This track-handling train-set comprises five CAN-based networks

The PIAP institute has developed this mobile robot dedicated for military applications Hands-on: Introducing CANopen in an
3-hours seminar