CANopen option added to linear actuator range

25 August 2020

Thomson Industries has announced the availability of the CANopen industrial networking protocol as an option for its line of heavy duty Electrak HD electric linear actuators.

Designers of linear motion systems requiring up to 16 kN load handling can now enjoy the cost savings and flexibility of this CAN bus standard, says the company.
CANopen is an open industrial integration protocol built on the Controller Automation Network (CAN). Originally developed for industrial systems, it is increasingly becoming the protocol of choice for factory automation systems, most notably AGVs and PLC-controlled material handling systems. 
CANopen offers all of the functionality of SAE J1939, another protocol built on the CAN network bus, but uses an independent standard platform that enables plug and play integration with other standard devices. This makes it possible to integrate motion into other, higher-level automation schemes.
In addition to simplifying connectivity, CANopen enables users to finely control the motion of a linear component using programmable parameters such as distance travelled, temperature and speed. Programs can provide data, which can help diagnose problems, signal maintenance alarms, improve quality control and optimise operations.
Taking advantage of the CANopen data handling capabilities are the onboard electronics embedded in the Thomson Electrak HD actuator, which eliminate the need for standalone controls. This smart electric actuator offers a compact alternative to hydraulic systems. In addition to load handling up to 16 kN, it provides up to 1m of stroke, up to 75mm/sec of speed and high environmental resistance, including IP69K.

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