CAN diagnostic tools now available from Control Technologies UK Ltd

Control Technologies UK Ltd is now the UK distributor and systems partner for GEMAC Fieldbus and their range of CAN diagnosis tools.

GEMAC is a leading German CAN fieldbus specialist engaged in the development and production of high-tech electronic products. The product range includes CAN-Bus diagnostics systems, sensors with field bus interfaces and ASICs. GEMAC, a member of the CAN in Automation (CiA) organization, supplies its products to industrial automation, medical, agricultural, alternative energy customers just to name a few..

The GEMAC fieldbus diagnosis tools measure not only on protocol level, they dive down deeply into the physical layers. With their wide range of diagnosis functions, both for the physical bus and the protocols themselves, they help to detect problems on a bus easily, to prove and verify the quality of bus participants and support analysis of higher level CAN protocols such as CANopen, DeviceNet and SAE J1939.

Mark Wood, Managing Director – Control Technologies UK Ltd, says “At Control Technologies UK, we are continually seeking out new technology to provide our clients with the best solutions. To support our expertise in CAN-bus, the GEMAC fieldbus units offer unrivalled diagnosis capabilities, allowing us to deep-dive into a client’s CAN architecture, identify issues and provide the most relevant solution. It’s really exciting to have GEMAC as part of our product portfolio and I look forward to bringing these tools to our customers attention.”

 

To find out more, please get in touch with our sales team and we’ll be happy to advise.

CAN Data Loggers added to our product portfolio

Control Technologies UK Ltd is very pleased to announce that it is now the UK distributor for CSS Electronics and their range of CAN-bus data loggers.

CSS Electronics design and manufacture powerful CAN-bus analysers. The CLX000 range of products, now available in the UK through Control Technologies UK, combine stand-alone CAN loggers (8GB+) and real-time CAN interfaces. Already heavily used across a number of industries, including industrial, EVs, motorsports and automation, the CLX000 range offers a very flexible and capable CAN analysis solution. The series comes with an 8GB+ SD card memory (250M+ CAN messages) for recording data over long intervals. Further, the CLX000 also enables real-time streaming via Wireshark for diagnostics and reverse engineering. Finally, the WiFi auto-transfer option and compact size make the CLX000 loggers the ideal solution for low-cost and easy-to-deploy CAN loggers.

Control Technologies UK is a leading control systems integrator and solutions provider, specialising in CAN-bus based technologies. With over a decade’s experience in delivering end-to-end solutions to a wide range of industries, including off-highway, EVs, marine, renewables and many more, Control Technologies UK Ltd offers a unique engineering and systems solution. Control Technologies UK Ltd combines tried and tested design and development methodologies with cutting-edge hardware and a level of ingenuity. From system design through to software development, hardware design and integration to project management, Control Technologies UK is your one-stop-shop for a complete engineering solution.

At CSS Electronics, we help our customers deliver powerful insights, simply. To do so, we specialize in CAN-bus systems that are simple-to-use, yet configurable and powerful.
We design, test and support all our products from Denmark. Further, all our CAN bus devices are produced by our US partners to secure scale and flexibility. This lets us supply both single-unit quantities and mass-scale batches. As a result, our customers are diverse: From university motorsports teams needing a simple-to-use vehicle data logger to major global players seeking affordable CAN bus loggers for large-scale fleet optimization.

Mark Wood, Managing Director – Control Technologies UK Ltd, says “At Control Technologies UK, we are continually seeking out new technology to provide our clients with the best solutions. The CSS Electronics data loggers are the perfect mix of power and capability but at a low-cost – making them a most attractive solution for clients who want easily deployed, reliable data analytics. CSS Electronics share the same ethos as us – reliability, adaptable and rapid deployment and it’s great to have them as part of our solutions portfolio.”

Martin Falch, Partner – CSS Electronics says “We’re continuously looking to expand our network of trusted partners in key markets. The UK, in particular, is exciting with a fast-growing trend in industrial automation, fleet management and other applications where the CLX000 series is ideal. We are confident that Control Technologies UK Ltd is the right partner to engage local customers with a great level of professionalism – as well as providing vital feedback to our team so we can improve the series.”

Get in touch today for more information and to get the best price.

A brief introduction to CAN-bus

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CAN-bus is one of those technologies that everyone experiences every day, without actually knowing about it. Because it is so widely used, in everything from cars and trucks through to boats, factories and even building management systems, the chances of interacting with it on a daily basis are pretty high. But what is CAN-bus and how can it be implemented?

To understand what CAN-bus is, we need to understand why it was created in the first place. Back in the early 1980s cars were becoming more and more complex and the size and complexity of the traditional communications and wiring systems was getting out of hand. To counter this, engineers at Robert Bosch GmbH began development of a serial communications system to allow a more distributed control network and a reduction in the general wiring architecture and complexity. As a result of this development, the first vehicle, a Mercedes S-Class, rolled of the production line with 5 on-board control units communicating over CAN in 1991. Very quickly CAN was adopted in pretty much every engine control system of top-range European vehicles. Since that point CAN has gone on to be the standard in the automotive world and widely used in industrial applications.

What is CAN-bus?

  • CAN stands for Controller Area Network
  • CAN is a vehicle bus standard designed to allow microcontrollers and devices to communicate with each other in applications without a host computer. It is a message-based protocol, designed originally for multiplex electrical wiring within automobiles, but is also used in many other contexts.
  • As an alternative to conventional multi-wire looms, CAN Bus allows various electronic components (such as: electronic control units, microcontrollers, devices, sensors, actuators and other electronic components throughout the vehicle) to communicate on a single or dual-wire network data bus up to 1 Mb/s
  • CAN is a multi-master network that uses message priority (arbitration)
  • Robust and fault tolerant – designed for high EMC environments (protected by twisted pair and shielding)
  • Capable of up to 5KM @ 10kbit/s and as low as 40M @ 1MBit/s (baud rate)
  • Internal fault mechanisms (error frames)
  • Data exchange between any CAN participants, field devices and process control computers
  • System-wide data consistency
  • Reduced bus load through data preparation
  • Real-time thanks to guaranteed latency time
  • Standardised by ISO-11898

Benefits of using CAN-bus

  • As a distributed system, it reduces wiring, cost and complexity and enhances overall system capabilities and performance
  • Easy integration – because there are so many CAN chip manufacturers who provide the data and physical layer, all the software developer needs to do is to develop the application level code.
  • Robust EMC protection – It provides the ability to work in difficult electrical environment and ensures noise free transmission.
  • Traffic congestion is eliminated as the messages are transmitted based on their priority and it allows the entire network to meet the timing constraints.
  • It provides for error free transmission as each node can check for errors during the transmission of the message and send the error frame.

CAN and Control Technologies UK

So where do we come in? We have over 10 years experience working with CAN and designing and implementing systems with it. From agriculture, via ground support equipment to electric vehicles and trains, we’ve worked on some pretty complex applications. Through our work with CAN we’ve learned what does and doesn’t work and are able to work closely with our customers to ensure that CAN is applied correctly or assist when things aren’t quite right. We’ve work with a wide range of hardware partners and we are extremely capable of implementing CAN in all it’s forms.

If you are embarking on CAN implementation, tasked with supporting an existing CAN system or looking for someone to develop a complete end-to-end solution, we can help. If you’re looking for a complete solution we offer a no-obligation 2 hour workshop with your key personnel to explain the benefits and technology behind CAN, understand your requirements and discuss possible solutions. If you want to know more, please get in contact.