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CAN-based human-machine-interfaces

Kongsberg Automotive offers a range of intelligent solutions for the control and monitoring of vehicle electronics. Their family of programmable CAN and serial-compatible Kantrak displays are designed to be used independently or with their range of analogue to CAN interface modules.

TO COMPLEMENT THESE HARDWARE PLATFORMS, the company provides software tools, allowing customers and engineers to create display and monitoring solutions, which meet the specific requirements of applications.
The Kantrak display series monitors numerous CAN-based messages and displays the current status of user-defined parameters. With its J1939 network, the series offers easy integration into most third party CAN-based systems. It can also be combined with many of the company’s electronic products, such as the MCM, DCSM, SKIM, and keypads.
The Kantrak 1700 display allows the user to monitor critical engine parameters such as oil pressure and water temperature as well a providing an alarm system to alert the user when the ECU detects an engine fault. Its size (76 mm x 76 mm) is suited for use on low-power vehicles and equipment such as small construction machines, generators and agricultural equipment.

The Kantrak 3700 utilizes updated electronic hardware to provide optimum LCD performance whilst ensuring the design is future proof. The display is easily configured with software options to suit many applications. Generic engine monitoring provides plug-and-go monitoring of the most popular J1939 engine parameters
 and the Software development kit allows full programming of the display using C/C++ language

The 11-Switch keypad is compatible with the Megalink multiplex control modules. Alternatively the keypad can simply be incorporated into a vehicle’s existing CAN network. It’s generic slave configuration, which is common to many CAN-based applications, allows the vehicle application to take full control of the keypad and give each switch its own characteristics.
Up to 33 LEDs can be used for displaying the switch status or vehicle diagnostics. The LEDs can easily be configured for various diagnostics determined by the application or the user’s needs. Laser etching of the icons on the silicone membrane provides customization to suit a specific application. In sleep mode, this unit draws less than 1 mA and has a bi-directional wake-up pin used to wake up the system or be woken up by the system.

The Smart-kan interface module (SKIM) provides the flexibility to design electronic control systems for vehicular applications and stand alone applications. This product is a module that interfaces between external devices and a CAN (J1939) network. The products accept either analog, digital or frequency input signals. They can also generate frequency or PWM output signals, and can communicate with other CAN-based modules. Each I/O can be individually configured as either an input or an output. The module is also designed for universal (12/24VDC) applications.
These sealed units are IP67-rated and are available with either two or eight I/O ports, and have integrated mounting holes and wire tie locations for easy mounting. There are several accessories available for the product, including mating connector kits and wiring harnesses.

The DC Switching module (DCSM) provides the flexibility and freedom to design electronic control systems for vehicular applications. This versatile controller can be used with keypads, serial switches and other Megalink modules to create a complete electronic control system or subsystem in various vehicles and applications. With its extended memory, processing capabilities and CAN/LIN networks the DCSM can be used to control real-time applications and remote subsystems at the same time.
This fully sealed unit uses solid state switching. The DCSM’s eight power outputs have soft-start capabilities to provide gradual ramp-up of voltage to inductive loads to avoid “light flickering”. Eight configurable inputs are available for monitoring and reporting over the CAN network for additional control logic. Typical applications for the DCSM include: Vehicle lighting system, HVAC system control and battery power distribution and management.

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