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CANobserver - Diagnostic tool for the long-term monitoring of CAN bus systems

01-19-2010 10:22 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: IXXAT Automation GmbH



The new CANobserver from IXXAT enables the physical and logical long-term monitoring of CAN, CANopen and DeviceNet systems. For this, the device is permanently integrated into the network and continuously monitors and records the data transfer (up to several years).

Sporadic negative impacts, such as external EMC interferences or a slowly deteriorating signal quality caused by worn plug connections, can be detected by the physical layer diagnosis and logical frame monitoring in a timely manner. Thus, the CANobserver is able to inform the system operator before any communication error occurs.

The CANobserver comes with LEDs to display busload and error status and optionally the power supply status. In addition, free programmable error outputs can be used to trigger external devices and signalers.

An Ethernet interface is used to connect the CANobserver to the PC, which also enables the operation of the device by an easy to use web interface. Recorded messages can be stored using the universal XML format. The connection of the device with a control center can be made via SNMP.

The CANobserver comes in an IP20 aluminum housing for DIN rail mounting. The power can be supplied within a wide range between 9 - 36 V DC.
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IXXAT Automation GmbH is a leading supplier of data communication systems for industrial automation and automotive applications. The main technologies in the field of industrial communication systems are solutions based on CAN (CANopen, DeviceNet), Ethernet (POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP) as well as TCP/IP with the associated Internet protocols. For automotive applications, IXXAT focuses on solutions based on CAN (diagnosis protocols, SAE J1939), FlexRay and LIN. The product range comprises interface boards, test systems, analyzing tools and protocol software.

As of December 2009, IXXAT provides work for 80 employees, predominantly engineers skilled in electronic engineering and computer science and has a certified quality assurance management according to ISO9001.
Our customers are well-known companies all over the world from the industrial and automotive sectors.

IXXAT supports its customers completely in the establishment and application of communication systems based on CAN and TCP/IP, from seminars and consulting, design of system solutions, development and implementation of hardware and software to the supply of a complete product line. Furthermore IXXAT is able to perform safety relevant hardware and software development according to IEC61508.

IXXAT Automation GmbH
Leibnizstr. 15
D-88250 Weingarten
Tel.: +49-(0)7 51 / 5 61 46-0
Fax: +49-(0)7 51 / 5 61 46-29

Frank Pastors
Tel.: +49-751-56146-111

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