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PEAK System CEO on future of CAN bus

Oct 25, 2021 9:43:52 PM / by Grid Connect Team posted in CAN FD, CANbus, Classic CAN, Interviews

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As a company that specializes in the CAN (Controller Area Network) fieldbus, PEAK-System has a clear view of the CAN horizon. Since the company’s launch in 1999, PEAK has been a leading provider of hardware, software, and services for mobile and industrial communications.

Peak Founder and CEO Uwe Wilhelm shared his thoughts with us on the future of the CAN networking protocol, including his view of classic CAN and CAN-FD.

Spoiler alert: The reports of classic CAN’s death are greatly exaggerated!

 

Q: What are your thoughts on this industry sampling of CAN market share projections into 2027?

 

Source: Cognitive Market Research. Request sample or purchase report.

Answer:

CAN FD is the current choice in the automotive sector. The new CAN-XL will certainly be added as a second, new CAN bus standard, with a different usage approach, and classic CAN is still the standard in automation technology and mechanical engineering, though it's gradually being replaced by CAN-FD.

Whether and when there will also be a change to CAN FD cannot really be foreseen.

With its CANopen FD, the CiA (CAN in Automation) group of international users and manufacturers created a standard years ago that is unfortunately not properly accepted in practice. We hope that this will change in the next 1-2 years. There are currently few certified CANopen FD products to buy and customers mostly use the proven CANopen based on the CAN2.0 protocol for new systems. The classic CAN is hard to think of in electronics development. 

Regardless of the area, the proportion is constantly increasing. Whether in medical technology or in consumer devices such as washing machines or air conditioning systems, simple sensor / actuator connections can be implemented quickly and inexpensively. A huge selection of components can be used, and operating systems such as Linux have included the CAN protocol as an integral part of their distributions for years.

 

Q. When do you think FD shipments will overtake classic CAN, and are there any advance preparations or considerations?

Answer:

Classic CAN (2.0a / b) will probably always be justified and will remain with us for many years to come. In some applications, the CAN-FD simply doesn't make sense. If you don't really need the increased transmission rate and the larger user data, the standard CAN remains the right choice. It's robust, easy to implement, and inexpensive. 

Likewise, the classic CAN networks, through the CAN transceivers you use, can also cover very low speeds and also support longer CAN networks where it is not about speed but about robustness and network length.

 

Q. What are some industrial examples of CAN usage?

Answer:

Today, CAN is actually used in all technical devices, regardless of the industry. 

  • Agricultural technology
  • Construction machines
  • Robotics of all kinds
  • Medical technology
  • Wind turbines
  • Military vehicles and systems (also known as MilCAN)
  • Planes (CANaerospace)
  • Submarines
  • Satellite systems

You will also find CAN in many niche applications, like the latest planetarium projection systems. We have been working for 15 years with a leading company in this market. 

Of course, the automotive sector is a major user of CAN networking and the most well-known CAN applications are in vehicles—trucks, cars, buses, and trains. The simple network topology and the EMC (ElectroMagnetic Compatibility) safe transmission method are certainly the decisive factors here. 

Likewise, almost every microcontroller family today has derivatives that have integrated one or more CAN buses. There are sensors and actuators from all areas that use CAN, as well as dozens of hardware and software tools for the PC to develop these applications quickly and inexpensively.

 

Q. Let’s shift to PEAK-System—Can you share any new product development plans or product launches?

Answer:

PEAK-System is currently finishing the last work on a new product range to offer service tools for marine applications following the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) standard. Based on CAN, this standard sets the requirements for a serial data communications network to interconnect marine electronic equipment on vessels, creating the ability to share data, including commands and status, with other compatible equipment over a single channel.

We are also developing solutions under the J1939 open standard for networking and communication in the commercial vehicle sector, focused on the networking of the powertrain. The J1939 protocol, from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), is a set of standards that define how electronic control units (ECUs) communicate via the CAN bus in heavy-duty vehicles.

We hopefully can begin selling the new Diagnostic Tools in the first quarter of 2022.

Q. How would you describe the relationship between PEAK-System and Grid Connect?

Grid Connect Founder Mike Justice and PEAK Founder Uwe Wilhelm

Grid Connect President Mike Justice (left) with PEAK-System CEO Uwe Wilhelm (right)

Answer:

PEAK-System and Grid Connect have been working very closely together for many years. We still know each other from the days when Grid Connect was still Synergetic.

Mike Justice and I met for the first time in March 1998 at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, and from then on we always had contact and worked on joint projects together.

Products such as the DeviceNet Detective (first and second generation), which are based on our diagnostic devices, are, for example, only available exclusively from Grid Connect.

Adam (CEO Adam Justice) and Mike (President and Founder Mike Justice) are two reliable business partners, especially in the current situation with the shortage of materials, where we have experienced the importance of our cooperation.

Q. Any final comments about the changes in the automotive industry and development of self-driving vehicles? Will CAN continue to play a role?

Answer:

The number of sensors and the resulting amount of data in current vehicles is increasing from year to year. The security-relevant systems require more and more bandwidth to transmit the information required for this system. CAN and especially CAN-FD are certain to play a not insignificant role. Likewise, the new CAN XL standard will certainly be an enrichment to self-driving cars and will continue to support the whole thing with its new features.

IP-based networks are also used, but simply cannot replace the classic CAN here. The simple connection of sensors and actuators is too great an advantage with CAN that an IP network cannot replace. The main reason is the network topology and costs per node.

For more about PEAK-System

Get a fascinating look at PEAK-System in one of the great videos on the company’s YouTube channel, which starts with footage of Mr. Wilhelm driving his vintage Volkswagen in the scenic German countryside. We highly recommend viewing it for a better understanding of PEAK-System products and capabilities.

 

For more about CAN

The Controller Area Network (CAN) was created in 1983 by Robert Bosch GmbH to provide synchronous communication between processors in automobile systems. While the automotive industry has been a key sector for CAN networking, as the market research above shows, its use has expanded to a variety of industrial and consumer products and processes.

CAN products available from Grid Connect

PEAK-System company website

Development of the CAN bus

About CAN FD

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The Smart Power Cord instantly links legacy industrial machines to the cloud

Dec 18, 2020 12:17:55 PM / by Grid Connect Team posted in monitoring

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Grid Connect's ConnectSense Smart Power Cord creates a link between equipment makers, owners and operators, their legacy machines and the cloud.


Grid Connect, Inc. has a new ConnectSense® Smart Power Cord that turns non-networked machines like commercial kitchen appliances, industrial pumps and healthcare equipment into IoT devices that stream operational data as it happens to machine makers, owners and operators, so they can predict maintenance, track usage and manage energy consumption.Smart Cord (1500x1500)

“As an example, a beverage-machine maker or owner could connect to the internet with the Smart Power Cord and learn how many drinks, and of what size, employees are making; owners can even see which sizes are filled the most or learn when the unit was last cleaned,” said Gary Marrs, solutions architect at Grid Connect. “If you’re an engineering manager, CIO or anyone in an organization trying to securely collect data on a legacy device, this is a quick, cost-effective method that’ll reap outsized returns.”

Grid Connect supplies its industrial-grade, UL- and RoHS-certified Smart Power Cord with a cloud-based application that machine builders and operators can use to monitor an unlimited number and array of remote devices such as ovens, espresso machines, motors and EKG equipment. Plugging in and setting up the Smart Power Cord takes approximately five minutes. Once a machine is plugged into The ConnectSense smart AC power cord and connected to Wi-Fi, machine makers and operators receive emails or texts about data such as voltage consumption, operating temperature and excessive loads. Users can also enable settings via the cord to remotely shut down a machine. Using an API, Grid Connect can securely link data from the Smart Power Cord to other critical software systems of interest to machine operators.

iot-enable-furnace-3aAccording to Marrs, equipment manufacturers and product marketing managers who want insights from the field about their products can plug in the Smart Power Cord and begin streaming data to perform predictive maintenance, track usage or even build a better product.

“Equipment-leasing companies are another excellent use case for the Smart Power Cord,” adds Marrs “Owners can monitor their equipment use and ensure that it is being properly maintained.”

The Smart Power Cord network interfaces include Wi-Fi (802.11bg) and comes in several standard models, including 15, 20 and 30 amps and accommodating input voltage ranging from 100 AC to 240 AC. Smart Power Cord pricing starts at $129.95. To purchase the cord or schedule a demonstration, visit http://devices.connectsense.com/plug-and-play-remote-machine-monitoring-news/

About Grid Connect, Inc.
Naperville, Ill.-based Grid Connect Inc. is an ISO 9001:2015 company and has been a leader in the embedded and networking marketplace for more than 20 years. Grid Connect’s products range from smart devices, including its ConnectSense branded smart power cord, and security controllers to bridges, switches and diagnostics tools. Along with the products Grid Connect makes, the company also distributes and supports complementary products from other high-quality technology makers. Learn more at https://www.gridconnect.com/

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FREE Webinar : How To Build A Better PROFIBUS Network Using ComBricks

Sep 10, 2020 9:57:43 AM / by Grid Connect Team posted in ComBricks, Events, PROFIBUS, Webinar

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Join us for our free webinar on How To Build A Better PROFIBUS Network Using ComBricks.


Date
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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020Register Now

Time : 10:30 AM CT (8:30 AM PT)

 

In this 1 hour session we will examine traditional PROFIBUS network design and look at modern alternatives to improve reliability and predictability while reducing downtime.

 

Course Agenda

  • Traditional PROFIBUS Network Design
  • How repeaters/segmentation help network reliability
  • Challenges from highly segmented networks
  • Measuring networks for preventative maintenance or troubleshooting
  • ComBricks overview
  • Example of new network designs
  • Example of a retrofit of an existing network
  • ComBricks Demo
  • Q&A

 

Presented By : 

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Rick Rockershousen

Vice President of Sales at Grid Connect

Register Now

 

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FREE Webinar : How To Cloud-Enable Any Product - Quickly And Securely

Sep 9, 2020 4:01:38 PM / by Grid Connect Team posted in Events, Industrial IoT, IoT cloud, IoT devices, IoT-enabled device, Smart Devices, smart products, smart tech, smart technology, Webinar

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Join us for our free webinar and learn how you can quickly upgrade your product with an IoT solution.


Date
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Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020Register Now

Time : 10:30 AM CT (8:30 AM PT)

 

In this 1-hour session you will learn about some of the pitfalls to developing Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. We will discuss how using off-the-shelf solutions can yield quick and powerful results. In particular we will review the ConnectSense Smart Power cord and how you can simply plug your product into an IoT solution.

 

Why You Should Attend

  • Add IoT capability to your enterprise applications
  • Quick IoT solutions for beta or qualification testing
  • IoT-enable your legacy products
  • Get your questions answered by experts

 

Presented By : Guest Speaker :
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Gary Marrs

Solutions Architect at Grid Connect

Adam Justice

CEO at Grid Connect

 

Register early, seats are limited!

Register Now

 

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CAN FD Technology Day in the USA

Jul 19, 2018 10:07:00 AM / by Grid Connect Team posted in CAN FD, In The News

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This September, take part in CAN FD Technology Day, presented by CAN in Automation (CiA).

CAN FD Technology Day brings the latest trends and development in CAN FD to engineers and system integrators in the U.S.

 

Don’t miss out, add it to your calendars now!

September 18, 2018

Irvine, CA

 

For more information and registration please click here.

Shop CAN and CAN FD products here.

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Amazon FreeRTOS on Espressif ESP32!

Jul 18, 2018 11:04:01 AM / by Grid Connect Team posted in Internet of Things Applications, IoT blogs, IoT solutions, Press Releases, Espressif

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Espressif Systems collaborates with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer Amazon FreeRTOS for their ESP32 products. Making Internet of Things (IoT) easier by providing a secure connection between ESP32-based devices and AWS cloud services.


Check out these popular ESP32 products:

 

Shop more Espressif products here.

 

Learn more at Espressif.com

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Interview with Grid Connect President Mike Justice

Apr 28, 2010 4:23:56 PM / by Grid Connect Team posted in employees, General, Interviews, Mike Justice, Video

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If you have additional questions for Mike please feel free to share them with us in the comments.

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Who is Grid Connect?

Apr 26, 2010 6:37:14 PM / by Grid Connect Team posted in About Us, General, Grid Connect

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We decided recently to start this blog and thought what is more fitting for a first post than to tell you a little more about our company.

We have been in the embedded and networking products marketplace for more than 20 years.  Our Engineering and Sales staff has deep expertise in networking products, software, industrial protocols and much more.

As a company we take pride in our customer service and high quality products.  When you call Grid Connect (during business hours) you will always talk to a person and not a menu.  Our staff will do whatever they can from providing order status, technical support, or answering sales questions.

Our goal for this blog is to have an ongoing conversation with you, our customers.  We look to share with you our expertise on our industry, products, and services.    Please feel free to share your comments, questions, and requests for topics in the comments.

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