CAN Automotion provide services and products for the implementation of distributed, intelligent systems in automotive and industrial automation. Our specialization in CAN-bus provides you with a product range that supplies Windows-based starter kits and a comprehensive text to freely programmable controllers for vehicles and machines. We are providers of system solutions for many different fields of application.
With one of the most comprehensive ranges of hardware and software products for data communication in the industry, engineered and manufactured in Germany, we have earned a worldwide reputation for performance, high quality, product longevity, in-stock delivery, impeccable customer service and technical support.
Design and development of innovative and high-performing solutions are a special capability for which Can Automotion typically supplements its customer’s objectives through all phases of their product life cycle including development of service tools.
We work as system integrators with STW Controllers, Wachendorff Operator Interfaces and SureGrip Controls Joystick bringing together complete systems for mobile machinery, which includes control systems design, wiring, prototyping, programming, testing, debugging and tuning.
GEMAC is our partner for CAN Bus Tester, CAN Observer- tools that will assist machine builders and operators of mobile and industrial plant and machinery 24×7. We also supply Inclination sensors and ASICS from GEMAC.
News & Events
STW with new partner Dasa Control Systems at Elmia Wood 2017 in Sweden
25-July 2017: Elmia Wood is the world’s largest trade fair for forestry. From the 7th to 10th of June 2017, more than 40,000 visitors came to the exhibition grounds in the forests south of Jönköping, where a record number of 555 exhibitors presented not only numerous world premieres, but also examples of novel high technology and accumulated expertise. Read more
IXXAT makes Smart Grid connectivity easy with new IXXAT SG-gateways
- enable easy remote control and management of electrical systems
- allow to log and display application data and energy consumption
- provide IEC61850s client/server and IEC60870-5-104 server support
- have in-built Modbus TCP Client/Server and Modbus RTU Master/Slave interfaces
- provide connectivity for I/O, M-Bus, PROFIBUS, PROFINET and EtherNet/IP based devices
Check it out. Read more
ResMed Unveils AirMini – the World’s Smallest CPAP
3rd May 2017: We congratulate ResMed for the successful development and launch of the world’s smallest CPAP, an example of Australian engineering innovation and smart design: Read more
15th April 2017: Highly durable STW sensors supply accurate and stable hydrogen state values
Due to the consistent development of the company’s own technology for the manufacture of pressure measurement cells in thin-film technology, Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH (STW) is able to present a unique solution for the measurement of hydrogen state values.
H2 – a molecule with diverse application possibilities and equally diverse challenges :Today, the safe handling of hydrogen is technologically state of the art. In aerospace industry, crude oil refineries, in the production of semiconductors, as an inert gas during plasma welding, in the metal-finishing sector or as a source of energy in fuel cells, hydrogen can be found today in many commercial and industrial areas. As the list of possible applications grows, so does the demand for suitable sensors. However, manufacturers are faced with two particular challenges when products come into direct contact with hydrogen: Hydrogen embrittlement and permeation through hydrogen ions.
Hydrogen embrittlement corrodes metal, and its effect is equivalent to material fatigue. Cracks appear, and finally the material fails. In the case of permeation, hydrogen ions move through different materials. Therefore, not just the materials coming directly into contact with the media have to be considered, but also components located, for example, behind a sensor membrane, i.e. which do not come into direct contact with the medium to be measured. These problematic qualities of hydrogen limit the selection of possible materials so severely that many manufacturers of H2-compatible sensors are only able to provide them with a multitude of limitations, for example regarding the accuracy or the lifetime.
STW has a unique thin-film technology at its disposal, which permits the coating of material with the lowest hydrogen-related limitations during the manufacture of their own measurement cells and sensors: 316L. This alloy is outstandingly resistant to embrittlement through hydrogen, and is also the second-most frequently produced stainless steel, meaning that it is inexpensive to procure. By coating measuring cell blanks with TiON (titanium oxynitride), measurement cells with a high k-factor (gain factor) can be produced which permit the use of amplified circuits with a high signal-to-noise ratio.
In order to counteract the permeation of hydrogen ions, which is encouraged through higher temperatures and pressures, measurement cells can be designed with a high membrane thickness. However, a thicker membrane also means a reduction in the output signal of the pressure measurement cell. For such applications, STW has developed a further film package, which counteracts a reduced signal through an appropriate k-factor. This development from STW’s own cleanroom, provides an affordable solution for the manufacture of hydrogen application sensors even in high temperatures.
Hydrogen-compatible STW measuring technology portfolio
The measurement cells and sensors from the 316L group, which are suitable for use with hydrogen supplement the existing M01 pressure transmitter portfolio, which already comprises 1.5 million variations, so that the pressure and temperature of hydrogen can be measured. No expensive diaphragm seals were used. The stainless steel and the function layers of the Wheatstone measurement bridge of the thin-film measurement cells have proven their high level of reliability in complex endurance and load cycle tests with hydrogen. Customers of STW are now able to assemble a suitable transmitter for hydrogen within a pressure range from 3.5 to 900 bar. Amongst other things, 20 pressure connections, 10 electrical plugs and 9 electrical interfaces are available for selection. Qualifications acc. UL, CE, E1, ASIL, SIL, PL, calibrated, are possible (ATEX in preparation).
These products measure hydrogen and yet remain robust
The overpressure resistance remains at a very high level, even on the hydrogen-resistant variation. For example, the 3.5 bar variation can be overloaded by up to 20 bar without incurring damage. As both the measurement cell and the pressure channel consist of 316L stainless steel, the medium does not come into contact with any other material, and no seals affect the excellent media resistance. The burst pressure, accuracy, environmental properties, load cycle resistance and EMC characteristics mainly accord with the level of the M01 series.
STW rolls out Intelligent HMI displays for mobile machines
15th April 2017:
The interACT VSX display family from Sensor-Technik Wiedemann (STW) goes into series production. With the support of safety-oriented SIL2 applications, availability in various sizes, and a sophisticated graphical programming toolkit, the VSX display family is not just a new HMI generation. It also offers scalable functionality that is second to none. After completion of the prototype phase and the development of the first customer-specific derivations, the VSX-8, VSX-10 and VSX-12 models can now be purchased in 4:3 format and in different configurations as a serial product.
Robustness is clearly the focus of display applications in mobile work machines. The VSX displays meet this requirement through the high quality of the housings, the resistance of the electronics to electromagnetic influences, and a touch screen, which can be implemented in GFG (glass-film-glass) technology if required. The high quality and unique evaluation technology of the touch screen combines the advantages of proven resistive touch screen with the possibility of reaching an input according to SIL2. The touch screen also makes it possible to use it even with gloves or wet fingers. The MTTH (mean time to half of brightness) of the displays is 100,000 hours. For outdoor use, the light intensity of 1000 cd / m² is important, as it guarantees good readability in sunlight. In addition, the mounting options panel and RAM mount are supported for flexible installation in the cab.
All members of the VSX display family are based on the same Cortex A9 DualCore processor architecture and can be configured widely via expansion boards. All VSX displays are programmable with the same DevKit development and support tool. Together with different display sizes and operating variants, this ensures easy scalability within the family and reusability of software. 35 ready-made widgets, the majority of which includes SIL2 support, allow for implementation of applications within a very short time. DevKit is used for the graphic design as well as the implementation of communication and control tasks. In addition, the graphic design may also be seamlessly transferred to iOS or Android platforms.
M01 qualifies as MOAS- Mother of All Sensors
15th April 2017: Almost indestructible pressure sensors
What has long been known from practical applications, i.e. the utilization in mobile machines, has now been verified by Sensor-Technik Wiedemann (STW) in further qualification tests: The pressure sensors in the M01 family are practically indestructible. Therefore customers can rest assured on procuring M01 pressure sensors that these products set the standards.
Although M01 sensors have already proven their robustness in numerous applications over many years, standardized tests provide an additional, objective confirmation. Therefore, verification in accordance with the ISO 16750-3 and DIN EN 60068-2-80 standards was conducted which stipulates extremely stringent test conditions.
Over a total of 282 hours, i.e. more than 11 days, the M01 pressure sensors were subjected to vibrations with frequencies up to 2000 Hz and accelerations of 18g in three axes with simultaneous temperature cycles of between -40°C and +125°C. The test setup alone required a high level of development effort including 3D modeling and FEM simulations. Whilst the pressure sensors themselves emerged from the test undamaged, both the test bench and the supply lines and plugs had to be repaired or replaced multiple times. In addition to this now-certified extreme durability, the M01 pressure sensors by STW are also highly stable long-term. It is possible to select different components and to combine the pressure range, pressure connection, electrical signal and electrical connection so that almost no wishes are left unfulfilled. There are even variations available for the measurement of hydrogen pressure. For the further processing of the sensor data, STW offers access to the open IoT platform “machines.cloud” via its control systems and telemetry modules.
Waycon Capacitive sensors KS series – accurate under difficult measurement conditions
10th April 2017: WayCon Positionsmesstechnik offers an excellent solution for measurement tasks, when high-resolution sensors are required to measure on challenging targets in difficult environments: The capacitive sensor series KS. As the target’s material and surface have no influence on the measurement, the sensors are ideal for thickness, distance, or position determination. A typical application is the quality control of precision mechanics. Read more
2017 Award winning Secure Appliance Solution from Janz-Tec
7th April 2017: Industrial Security is a central issue in the implementation of the new production and business models in the climate of IoT. With our Secure Appliance we offer a platform solution which was developed to ensure maximum protection for your networked data. Its modular architecture means it can be easily tailored to your requirements.
The availability of different connectors to enterprise platforms and industrial interfaces facilitates a seamless integration into your particular system environment. Secure Appliance solutions at different security levels are available for all current Janz Tec system. Read More
Award winning technology giving best-in-class performance from IXXAT
2nd April 2017: IXXAT INpact is based on the Anybus CompactCom NP40 technology – a multi-protocol network processor used within millions of devices globally. Anybus NP40 handles the complete communication and provides high performance for real-time applications, making IXXAT INpact the ideal choice for demanding industrial applications using EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Powerlink, Modbus TCP, PROFINET IRT, PROFINET IRT Fiber Optic and PROFIBUS. Read more
IXXAT INpact connects your PC to any industrial network!
2nd April 2017: Until now, it has been complicated to develop applications for several fieldbus or industrial Ethernet standards since different interface cards and application programming interfaces had to be used. IXXAT INpact now simplifies this thanks to its protocol-independent approach: Read more