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Emtas and HMS Industrial Networks agree partnership for CAN-based industrial communication

Emtas and HMS Industrial Networks have formed a partnership to develop CAN-based industrial communication.

The collaboration will involve the distribution and development of protocol software for CANopen and SAE J1939, as well as the distribution of the IXXAT CAN hardware products from HMS in combination with Emtas software tools.

CAN stands for controller area network and is a communications standard which enables microcontrollers and devices to communicate with each other without a host computer.

The collaboration enables both companies to leverage their combined experience in this area, targeting to further improve the offering for CANopen, SAE J1939 and CAN/CAN-FD. 

Within the partnership, HMS will distribute Emtas protocol software and tools, and consult Emtas for the continued improvement of their software products.

Emtas will act as a distribution channel for HMS’ IXXAT CAN hardware interfaces bundled with Emtas software tools.

The collaboration will also include that Emtas will offer custom hardware and software development, benefitting from HMS’ strong hardware engineering and supply experience.

Emtas and HMS share a long history of active involvement in specifying the CANopen application and communication profiles within the CAN in Automation working groups, as well as when it comes to developing corresponding protocol software solutions.

While the focus of Emtas has been on software for CANopen slave devices, the strength of HMS’ IXXAT portfolio has traditionally been in the domain of software for CANopen manager solutions.

Through the combined efforts in this partnership, the two companies target to ensure a strong and future-proof product portfolio enabling customers to easily implement CANopen or J1939 solutions using software and hardware based on the latest technology standards from leading suppliers, with a specific focus on solutions for the new CAN-FD and CANopen-FD standards.