Lithium Battery Charger With CANopen And SAE J1939 Interface

delta-q - ICL1200 Lithium Battery ChargerDelta-Q Technologies announced the expansion of its ICL series lithium battery chargers with the release of four high frequency lithium chargers – the ICL1200 and ICL1500 in 85-V and 120-V models.

The ICL1200 and ICL1500 chargers provide a 1200-W and 1500-W charge, respectively. The 85-V models are designed to optimally charge lithium battery systems of any lithium-ion chemistry from 14 cells to 24 cells in series, where the 120-V models can charge between 21 cells to 34 cells in series. The lithium chargers are suitable for use on any electric machine including scooters, light electric vehicles, aerial work platforms, and sports and utility vehicles.

The company’s software development team has a combined 60 years plus of CAN programing and customization experience. This team works directly with Delta-Q’s OEM customers to deliver CAN-based charging solutions specific to their needs. Their current offerings include CAN communication for BMS and telematic integrations with CANopen and SAE J1939 protocols. The software team has also built over 200 custom algorithms, ensuring that users experience better runtime and flexibility for different lithium battery chemistries.

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Embedded Networking with CAN and CANopenCAN (Controller Area Network) is a serial communication protocol that was originally developed for the automobile industry. CAN is far superior to conventional serial technologies such as RS232 in regards to functionality and reliability and yet CAN implementations are more cost effective. CANopen, a higher layer protocol based on CAN, provides the means to apply the ingenious CAN features to a variety of industrial-strength applications.

Many users, for example in the field of medical engineering, opted for CANopen because they have to meet particularly stringent safety requirements. Similar requirements had to be considered by manufacturers of other equipment with very high safety or reliability requirements (e.g. robots, lifts and transportation systems). Providing a detailed look at both CAN and CANopen, this book examines those technologies in the context of embedded networks.

There is an overview of general embedded networking and an introduction to the primary functionality provided by CANopen. Everything one needs to know to configure and operate a CANopen network using off-the-shelf components is described, along with details for those designers who want to build their own CANopen nodes. The wide variety of applications for CAN and CANopen is discussed, and instructions in developing embedded networks based on the protocol are included. In addition, references and examples using MicroCANopen, PCANopen Magic, and Vector’s high-end development tools are provided.

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