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  • Call for papers

    CiA, the international users and manufacturers group for CAN, will organize the 16th iCC in Nuremberg (DE), March 7 - 8, 2017.
  • Seminars in Krakow

    CAN in Automation organizes two seminars in Krakow (Poland). Attendees receive detailed information on CAN/CAN FD and CANopen.
  • CAN 2020 event in Tokyo (JP)

    CiA has announced a new activity called CAN 2020. This event is all about the future of CAN FD, CANopen FD, J1939 on CAN FD, etc.
  • ISO 11898-1:2015

    This standard specifies the Classical CAN as well as the CAN FD data link layer protocol plus the physical coding.

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2016-06-15 Krakow, PL English  Register now
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2016-09-27 Berlin, DE Deutsch  Register now
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Plugfests for CAN FD and CANopen Lift

The CiA Interest Group “CAN FD” has scheduled plugfests in Detroit (USA) and Nuremberg (Germany). The first took place in April (6 and 7), and another one will take place in June (2 and 3). Participants aim to proof the interoperability of their ISO CAN FD implementations and products.

On the first day of the events, the CAN FD data link layer is the testing focus. This includes frame formats, some cornerstones (e.g. RX of messages with shifted FDF/res edge), and special concepts (e.g. shielding/filtering of CAN FD messages). The second day is reserved for CAN FD physical layer testing including OEM wiring harnesses, long bus lines, ringing suppression circuitry, etc.

The CANopen Lift plugfest took place on April 12, 2016. The bi-annually organized CiA 417 plugfests proof the interoperability of CANopen Lift products. CiA also plans a generic CANopen plugfest in Italia.

Plugfests are important to test the interoperability of products. Conformance testing just proofs the conformity of an interface, like spell checking. Plugfests are system tests to ensure that participants understand each other. They are organized for CiA members.

Interested parties may send an email to secretary(at)can-cia.org.

CiA FWD 602-2

CiA Interest Group “Commercial vehicles” calls for last comments before releasing the “J1939 mapping to CAN FD” (CiA 602-2) specification. More info: secretary(at)can-cia.org.

CANopen FD coordination

CiA has established a task force coordinating the request on CANopen FD. Members are invited to participate. More info: headquarters(at)can-cia.org.

CiA signed MoU with OPC

At Hanover Fair, OPC Foundation and CiA agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding. It is intended to develop a mapping of OPC UA to CANopen. A Joint Task Force has started to work on an OPC UA Compendium. More info: secretary(at)can-cia.org.

Further community news

Mobile machines

In the March issue we focus on mobile machines. But there are also interesting articles about CAN physical layer design and the trend to customized ICs with CAN connectivity. We also report about the 20th anniversary of the CiA 401 CANopen profile specification. Another article provides information about the CANopen usage in the Care-O-bot 4 service robot.

Highly hyperlinked

If you are looking for CAN-related products, you could visit the CAN Newsletter Online and the CiA Product Guide. Both publications provide brief product information. The product guides are structured according to a nomenclature in order to make it as easy as possible to find the desired product information. The online magazine reports recently launched CAN products.

If you would like to be informed on published news in any of CiA’s media, we recommend subscribing to CiA’s Weekly Telegraph, distributed by email.