The CM CANopen enables system integrators to connect any CANopen or CAN 2.0A device to the SIMATIC S7-1200 PLC. The module plugs into the communication module interface of the S7-1200 and acts as a bridge between the CANopen or CAN devices and the SIMATIC basic controller, allowing integrators to choose from a wider range of automation products when designing their system.
The seamless integration into the SIMATIC world is one of the most essential requirements when extending of the SIMATIC automation system with networked fieldbus equipment that is not based on either PROFIBUS or PROFINET. HMS has addressed this need enabling a seamless integration of the CM CANopen module into TIA Portal. Configuration of the connected CANopen network is intuitively performed with the included CM CANopen Configuration Studio.
Once the configuration is finalized, the CANopen network configuration is downloaded into the CM CANopen module and localz stored in non-volatile memory. If one of the slave devices in the connected CANopen network has to be replaced, configuration data for this device will be downloaded automatically by the CM CANopen module once the device is reattached, significantly reducing down-times in high availability applications.
With the transparent CAN functionality, the CM CANopen module allows transmission of any CAN frame from the PLC regardless of the higher level CAN protocol and is capable of receiving a number of pre-defined CAN frames from the CAN network.
CAN 2.0A is the underlying protocol of many fieldbus protocols, CANopen being one of them. When the application disables CANopen functionality, it still retains access to this protocol.
HMS provides PLC function blocks for this functionality that gives the designer of the PLC program the possibility to interpret/generate any CAN frame directly in the PLC program and thereby making it possible to implement customer specific protocols. Furthermore, it is also possible to connect nodes that only support customer specific CAN protocols to a PROFINET network using the S7-1200 controller as a gateway.
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