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  • Industrial communication – small is beautiful

    by Dr. Rainer Hoja-Heldmann, Produktmarketing & Frank Iwanitz, Produkt-Manager | Jul 27, 2018
    Over the years, IPCs have become increasingly compact and – in contrast to commercial PCs – have been specially designed for harsh conditions (extreme temperatures, dust, moisture, vibrations, power surges). Since IPCs address a wide range of applications, the variety of models and solutions is correspondingly vast. Nevertheless, the market for IPCs can be segmented by type and purpose and is divided into types such as: Panel IPC, Box IPC, Embedded IPC, DIN rail IPC, rack-mounted IPC and thin client IPC.
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  • Ever wondered why your local power supply affects the accuracy of your clocks at home?

    by Thomas Waggershauser | Mar 05, 2018
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  • The role of CAN in the age of Industrial Ethernet and IoT

    by Christian Schlegel | Nov 15, 2017
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  • CAN@net NT – boundless fields of application

    by Rainer Hoja-Heldmann | Jul 11, 2017
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  • Attestation Signed - Signed version of the VCI V4 driver for Windows 10 systems with activated Secure Boot

    by Norbert Binder | Jul 07, 2017
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  • canAnalyser Mini – free monitoring tool for the IXXAT CAN interfaces

    by Norbert Binder | Jan 24, 2017
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  • Tapping the full potential of CAN with topology components

    by Frank Pastors | Jun 30, 2016
    Topology components allow for CAN networks to be made much more flexible and to be optimized for various requirements. Thanks to various types of re-peaters, bridges, and gateways the planning, installation, and operation effort is reduced, networks are less affected by outside interferences, and data transmission security increases significantly. Thus, topology components make CAN a versatile bus solution which will keep on meeting the requirement of increasingly complex application scenarios.
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  • OpenSource Software – Curse and blessing

    by Norbert Binder | Jun 27, 2016
    Open source software is here to stay and has many advantages for users. Due to the free access to technologies the hurdle for the usage in teaching and research as well as for the public is low and thus leads to a wider distribution in the part of new applications. However, in case of using open source software in commercial products the software should be checked carefully to make sure that the adaptation effort and thereby additional development costs and risks related to performance, compliance and long-term availability are minimized.
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  • Simply drag and drop to build your test application

    by Heiko Krautter | Jun 21, 2016
    Standard embedded PCs, e.g. for inspection tasks in the automotive industry, require in-depth programming skills even for simple tasks. That this can be done more simply is shown within consumer electronics: graphic configuration instead of elaborate programming nowadays is the standard. This approach can now also be used for industrial purposes, for example, in the automotive sector. A compact embedded solution from HMS which is easy to configure via an intelligent, scalable software running on an office PC, saves time and resources. Windows know-how is sufficient to quickly and safely solve even complex tasks. Thus, for example, a data logging application can be configured via drag and drop, configurable trigger points can be set via a mouse click. The ability to use any device with an HTML5-enabled web browser and a wireless interface to visualize live data, makes the user independent of special and expensive displays.
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  • Embedded system enables mobile data transfer from cars

    by Heiko Krautter | Jan 27, 2015
    Road safety depends on many factors: the driver, information through traffic management systems, a properly working vehicle etc. Essential for the safety is the contact between the tires and the road. Without good adhesion, one can neither steer, brake nor accelerate properly. In short: all systems are useless if the tire has no grip. To experience this in practice, the tire manufacturer Continental organized an event where press representatives and customers became test drivers. Intelligent embedded systems in the test vehicle registered data from the car and transmitted them wirelessly to an external analysis computer. This way, a documented analysis could be generated for each driver.
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  • CAN and CANopen in Medical Systems

    by Frank Pastors | Dec 23, 2014
    An important aspect in the development of communication systems in the field of medical technology is to keep the development risk as low as possible. Reliability and certification on the one hand, and the time-to-market on the other hand are of essential importance. This is achieved with a development partner such as HMS, which develops as a system integrator the necessary hardware and software on the basis of existing and above all proven components, can take over the series delivery of the hardware and also can bring in longtime experience to realize an optimal system concept from the perspective of communication system. Thus, the device or system manufacturer can concentrate on its core competency.
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