The COB-ID is not the CAN-ID

Often the term “COB-ID” is used synonymously with “CAN-ID”. But the COB-IDs are structured 32-bit parameters in the CANopen object dictionary containing the 11-bit or 29-bit CAN-ID to be used for this communication object.

CiA joint stand at Conexpo 2020

The CiA joint stand at Bauma 2019 in Munich (Germany) was a success. Some CiA members requested already a similar stand at Conexpo 2020 (Las Vegas) and Bauma China 2020 (Shanghai). Interested parties may contact marketing(at)

EN 16815 standard is CiA 422

CEN, a European standardization body, has released the EN 16815 standard. It contains the CiA 422 application profile for refuse-collecting vehicles. This CANopen profile specification is also known as CleANopen.

J1939 encoders and inclinometers

CiA calls for experts, who like to specify J1939 Parameter Groups for encoders and tilt sensors similar to PDOs in CiA 406 resp. CiA 410. For more details please contact secretary(at) for more details.

CANopen foot-pedal profile

CiA 401-2 specifies joysticks and mentions that foot-pedals can be regarded as 1D-joysticks. But no detailed and clear PDO specification is provided. Proposals are welcome secretary(at) for more details.

New CAN XL task force

The Special Interest Group CAN XL is going to establish a task force (TF) on higher-layer functions. Interested parties may indicate their interest by email secretary(at)

Joint CiA stand in Singapore

CiA organizes a joint stand for its members at Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific 2019 (October 22 to 24). CiA members interested to participate may contact publications(at) for more details.

New CiA members

In the first month, several companies joined the nonprofit CAN in Automation (CiA) international users’ and manufacturers’ group. See the complete membership roster.

IG profiles inaugurated

CiA has established the Interest Group (IG) profiles, which coordinates and manages the Special Interest Groups (SIG) specifying CiA profiles for CANopen and CANopen FD.