IEC 61131-3 Runtime System and Development Environment with CANopen Support

Weingarten, (PresseBox) - Based on the cooperation between IXXAT and KW-Software, the IEC 61131-3 compliant runtime environment ProConOS and the develompment environment Multiprog are now offered with CANopen support. Main feature of this solution is a full integration of the CANopen manager (master) into ProConOS and the CANopen configuration tool in Multiprog. In comparison to other solutions, ProConOS and the CANopen manager can be integrated on one CPU with internal CAN controller. Thus a wide range of CANopen features for configuration, monitoring and data exchange is offered with respect to CiA301 and CiA302. Besides of the reduction of hardware costs, a single CPU based solution offers considerable advantages regarding performance and functionality.

This allows for a PLC to be connected to up to four independent CANopen networks while acting as manager (master) or slave in each of those networks. Changing the operation mode can be performed at runtime by simply switching one parameter. When acting as manager, the PLC supports the standardized bootup procedures and the configuration manager according to CiA302. This ensures consistency of the network based on extensive testmechanisms, and administration of configuration data in the PLC. Thus it allows for the change of slave devices in case of malfuction or hot swapping of slaves in a running system. CANopen slave devices are supported according to CiA301 version 3 and version 4. The functions which are most important, can be accessed directly via functional modules.

CANopen networks can be projected and configured comfortable with the configuration tool integrated in the development environment Multiprog, while the process data of the network is available in the IEC 61131 environment.

In a project on rail applications with a leading customer, the system was already integrated in a high performance PLC which can be connected to up to four CANopen networks.

ProConOS and Multiprog with CANopen support will be introduced at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES and are now available.


General information about KW-Software GmbH

KW-Software is the worldwide leading software manufacturer of:
- IEC 61131 programming and runtime systems in the field of industrial control and automation technology
- IEC 61508 Safety software up to SIL 3 and
- Technology components for PROFINET integration MULTIPROG is the hardware-independent PLC programming system for creating control applications and the basis for more than 250 control systems.

ProConOS is the very fast, real-time and multitasking-capable PLC runtime system that is available for a great number of embedded platforms and as Soft-PLC.
The safety-relevant software components SAFEPROG/SafeOS/SAFEGRID are already certified completely manufacturer-independent and can be used immediately. They offer full support of the PLCopen Safety function blocks.

For the PROFINET integration we provide a comprehensive spectrum of practice approved, high performance and trend-setting technology components.

IXXAT Automation GmbH

IXXAT Automation GmbH is a leading supplier of data communication systems for industrial automation and automotive applications. The main technologies in the field of industrial communication systems are solutions based on CAN (CANopen, DeviceNet), Ethernet (ETHERNET Powerlink, EtherNet/IP, Profinet, EtherCAT) as well as TCP/IP with the associated Internet protocols. For automotive applications, IXXAT focuses on solutions based on CAN (diagnosis protocols, SAE J1939), FlexRay and LIN. The product range comprises interface boards, test systems, analyzing tools and protocol software.

As of December 2007, IXXAT provides work for 70 employees, predominantly engineers skilled in electronic engineering and computer science and has a certified quality assurance management according to ISO9001. Our customers are well-known companies all over the world from the industrial and automotive sectors.

IXXAT supports its customers completely in the establishment and application of communication systems based on CAN and TCP/IP, from seminars and consulting, design of system solutions, development and implementation of hardware and software to the supply of a complete product line. Furthermore IXXAT is able to perform safety relevant hardware and software development according to IEC61508.

For more information, please ask for our company brochure and product catalog.

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