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SPS IPC Drives 2015

CANopen network design and simulation combined

At the SPS fair, Emtas launches its CANopen Network Designer. It allows users to design complete CANopen networks including all devices and their communication connections. A simulation of CANopen devices is included as well.

Screenshot of the CANopen Network Designer (Photo: Emtas)

THE LATEST PRODUCT IN EMTAS' PORTFOLIO allows users to design and simulate CANopen networks with various devices. During the design process all devices, their signals and timings, and communication settings are defined. The tool automatically creates the PDO and MPDO mapping and linking and generates the code for the object dictionary of all devices. This ensures, in combination with the CANopen stack of the company, a CANopen compliant implementation of the devices.

Using the integrated simulation functionality, devices and process inputs such as digital inputs, temperature sensors, or others can be simulated with values. Within the simulated application the same CANopen stack is used as in later real applications. So it is not necessary to learn an additional scripting language and all algorithms (e.g. PID controllers or waveform generators) can also be reused in the real devices. Due to the support of CANopen gateways according to CiA 302-7 also connections to other CANopen networks can be defined.

Existing devices in a network are supported as well and their process data can be included in the communication of the network. These devices will be configured accordingly by generated DCF files. The tool is available for Windows and Linux. Further information is available at the company's website or at the SPS IPC Drives at hall 2, booth 300 directly next to CAN in Automation. The tradeshow takes place from 24 November to 26 November 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany.

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