CANopen has become one of the leading I/O communication standards in the automation industry. Originally developed from CAN, it can now also be found in other forms. In particular, when combined with Ethernet Powerlink it creates opportunities in the realm of high-performance real-time Ethernet. B&R is introducing new bus controllers for both CAN and Powerlink to complement its existing range of products.
Supporting automatic baud rate detection, PDO linking, life/node guarding, emergency objects and many more features, the CAN bus controller meets the CANopen specifications DS 301 and DS 401. The integrated X2X Link connection makes it possible to connect additional modules. AutoMapping automatically detect these modules, whose data is then placed in the I/O map. 16 digital channels can be configured to operate as digital inputs or outputs, which are then individually directed to M8 connections.
Sealed to IP67, the Powerlink bus controller has two M12 connections for the fieldbus to allow easy network wiring. An additional M12 connector is provided for expansion modules. 16 additional digital channels are also provided here, which can each be configured to operate as an input or output. Depending on the design, these are directed individually to M8 or in pairs to M12 connections.
Both systems provide cost savings by offering an integrated T-connector/integrated hub. The integrated connection for local expansion makes it possible to connect any system component from the B&R series X20, X67 and XV.