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CAN interface products and PACs

ICP DAS (Taiwan) provides CAN interface products for CANopen and DeviceNet as well as proprietary CAN solutions. The company also manufactures gateways, I/O modules as well as PAC (Programmable Automation Controller) for machine control and factory automation.

THE COMPANY WITH SALES OFFICES in China (Mainland), Germany, USA offers a broad range of CAN interface modules in different formats. This includes PCI, PCIe, PCI-104, PC-104+ interface cards. They come with CANopen NMT master or DeviceNet master functionality. The PM-213x-CAN interface board can be used for example for power meter applications. It gathers the real-time power consumption information Via the CAN network. The board provides the Auto-Response mode, which responses messages at regular intervals automatically. It makes the communication more efficient when collecting a lot of remote power information. The polling mode offers the precise information of every step required by the monitors.
The supplier of industrial devices also has launched CAN-connectable PACs, which support various OS such as Windows XP embedded, Windows CE5, Windows CE6, Linux, and MiniOS7. The iPAC-8000 series can be programmed by means of different development tools and is equipped with CAN ports. This includes the Isagraf studio.

In addition, ICP supplies utility tools, APIs (application programming interface), demo programs, OPC software, ActiveX and third-party drivers. For certain special applications, OEM/ODM services are offered. “Through our services, our customers can complete their complex CAN-based projects,” said a company’s spokesman.
A typical DeviceNet application is the shown IC (integrated circuit) inspection machine. Although PLCs are cheap and stable, IC inspection is a difficult task for a them. The customer uses a PC plus a camera together with the PISO-DNS100U DeviceNet slave board to perform the inspection task. Additionally a PLC with DeviceNet master function is used to reject faulty parts. After completing the inspection, the PC writes the result to the DeviceNet board.

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