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CANopenŽ Application Examples
Using CANbus, CAN bus, Controller Area Network

Curious where CANopen is used? 

As CANopen is integrated into deeply embedded networks, we often don't know about  its usage unless somebody tells us about it...

The following application examples were found in magazines, on-line publications or newsgroups/mailinglists and all do not only use the CANbus/CAN bus/Controller Area Network but specifically the higher-layer protocol CANopen.

For a list of commercially available CANopen nodes and products, see the CANopen product guide and product database at 

Industrial Machinery

  • Packaging Machines
  • Injection Molding Machines
  • Blow Molding Machines
  • Weaving Systems
  • Knitting Systems
  • Sewing, Folding, Packaging
  • Industrial Freezers
  • Printing machines
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Blade Grinders
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Otis Elevators


  • Las Vegas Monorail
  • Production/Switch Tamper
  • Light Rail Vehicles, Trams
  • Locomotives
  • MPV/CargoSprinter
  • Train Communication Network
  • Ticketing Machines

Specialty Vehicles

  • Police cars
  • Taxis
  • Turret Trucks
  • Fork Lifts
  • Mining Trucks
  • Rubber Tire Gantry Cranes
  • Telescopic mobile elevating platform
  • Construction machinery

Building Automation

  • Elevators


  • Process Optimized Operating Room
  • Hospital Beds
  • Blood dialysis


  • Control by wire of ships
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Restaurant Appliances

  • Coffee Machine by WMF

Laboratory Equipment & Research

  • Nuclear Research at CERN
  • Magnetic and Physical Property Measurement 
    by Quantum Design


  • Electric Motorglider Antares
  Has multiple microcontrollers and a CANopenŽ network