CANopen is a communication protocol and device profile specification for embedded systems used in automation. The CANopen standard consists of an addressing scheme, several small communication protocols and an application layer defined by a device profile.
The communication protocols have support for network management, device monitoring and communication between nodes, including a simple transport layer for message segmentation / desegmentation.
Vortex Edge Connect and CANopen
PrismTech's Vortex Edge Connect provides a set of out-of-the-box connectors to common Operational Technology (OT) data sources such as CANopen. This enables data from operational systems to be ingested by Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) edge nodes (e.g. IoT Gateway or Fog Node), converted into a normalized in-memory data model which can then be shared with other communication endpoints via the framework.
This means that industrial devices including PLCs, PAC, RTUs, DAQs or sensors/actuators using a range of OT protocols can share and receive data with industrial (e.g. MES, SCADA, Predictive Maintenance) and enterprise (e.g. ERP, Big Data Analytics, Storage) applications using a different set of communications standards and deployed at different levels within an end-to-end IIoT system.