CANopen recommended practice for aerial working platforms

Nürnberg, (PresseBox) - The nonprofit CAN in Automation (CiA) international users and manufacturers group has established a CANopen Special Interest Group (SIG), which will develop a recommended practice for CANopen-based aerial working platforms (AWP). The recommendation to be published will be suitable for different CANopen-based AWP system architectures. It will describe dedicated CANopen device interfaces, e.g. for joysticks, pressure sensors, actuators, and power (diesel) engine.

The recommended practice will cover self-propelled and truck-mounted AWPs. It is intended to specify several classes of system architectures and device interfaces for simple and more sophisticated AWPs. This will include scissor AWPs as well as boom AWPs. "The recommended practice will reduce system integration effort," explained Holger Zeltwanger, CiA Managing Director. "The benefit for suppliers is the limited number of device variations due to standardized functionalities by means of device classes." It is planned to release the recommended practice mid of 2010. Interested parties are welcome to participate in this standardization activity.

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