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Where is the EDS checker gone?

The EDS checker is not longer available on CiA’s website, but an updated version is embedded in CiA’s CANopen conformance testing tool as well as in some Vector tools.

An updated EDS checker comes with some CANopen tools (Photo: Vector)

Vector is committed to update also in the future the CANopen EDS (electronic data-sheet) checker. The updated and reviewed version is not longer available as stand-alone tool. It is now integrated into CiA’s CANopen conformance test tool. The very same EDS checker is also embedded in some demo-versions of Vector tools (download center) as well as the full versions.

The CANopen conformance test tool with embedded EDS checker is available free-of-charge for CiA members. Additionally, companies booking a CiA conformance test session get CiA’s test tool free-of-charge for preparation purposes. The conformance test tool needs so-called CODBs (CANopen Object Dictionary Bases) to pre-test the EDS file of the device-under-test (DUT). The tool uses the EDS file to generate test pattern. The CODB for CiA 301 (version 4.2.0) comes with the tool.

In order to pre-test the profile-specific parameters of the EDS, users need additional CODBs. The responsible CiA technical groups have approved the following CODBs:

  • CANopen I/O profile (CiA 401 version 3.1.0)
  • CANopen encoder profile (CiA 406 version 4.0.0)
  • CANopen inclinometer profile (CiA 410 version 1.3.0)
  • CANopen Lift profile (CiA 417-2 version 2.1.0 and CiA 417-4 version 2.1.0)
  • CANopen contrast media injector profile (CiA 425 version 2.2)
  • CANopen subsea profile (CiA 443 version 2.1.0)

Other CODBs are edited, but not yet approved by the responsible CiA technical group:

  • Additional CANopen functions (CiA 302-2, CiA 302-3, CiA 302-4, CiA 302-5, and CiA 302-6 (all version 4.1.0) as well as CiA 302-7 version 1.0.0 and CiA 302-9 version 1.0.0)
  • CANopen drive profile (CiA 402-2 and CiA 402-3 version 3.1.0 equivalent with IEC 61800-7-201:2008 and IEC 61800-7-301:2008)
  • CANopen transducer profile (CiA 404-1 version 1.3.0)
  • CANopen fluid power profile (CiA 408 version 1.5.0)
  • CANopen truck gateway profile (CiA 413-1, CiA 413-2, and CiA 413-3 (all version 2.0.0) as well as CiA 413-5 version 1.0.0 and CiA 413-6 version 1.0.0)
  • CANopen sensor profile for construction machines (CiA 415 version 1.0.1)
  • CANopen building door profile (CiA 416 version 1.0)
  • CANopen battery profile (CiA 418 version 1.0.1)
  • CANopen charger profile (CiA 419 version 1.0.1)

Up to now, it is not usual to proof the conformity of the EDS file regarding profile-specific parameters. This might be, because there are no profile conformance tests specified. Nevertheless, it is already possible to test just as a first step the conformity of the profile-specific description of the parameters against the implemented ones.

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