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emtas CANopen DeviceDesigner

Easy-to-use tool for fast and cost-saving design of CANopen devices

With a few mouse clicks the object dictionary of the device can be created on the basis of predefined profiles. The CANopen DeviceDesigner creates the object dictionary and initializing functions in C, the electronic data sheet in EDS and XDD format and a device documentation. Additionally the CANopen DeviceDesigner configures the CANopen stack and CANopen driver under consideration of the device characteristics. So the optimal configuration is given.
Using the unique CANopen DeviceDesigner valuable development time is saved.
emtas CANopen DeviceDesigner Software
emtas CANopen DeviceDesigner Software
emtas CANopen DeviceDesigner Software


  • fast device development by use of predefined, standardized profiles
  • automatic generation of output from data sources
  • consistency of the object dictionary, the EDS file and the documentation through common source
  • optimal and resource saving configuration of the CANopen stack according to device characteristics
  • easy handling through input masks for bit coded values
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Object Dictionary

According to the profiles and input the object dictionary is created as C source code file. This is integrated into the application as interface for the protocol stack. It is possible – when configured accordingly – to access the objects of the object dictionary directly as C variable. Alternatively from the application the access to functions is possible via index and subindex.

CANopen stack configuration and initializing

According to the adjustments and definitions of the object dictionary a configuration and initializing file in C source code is created. This secures that only used services of the CANopen stack will be compiled and initialized. Resource saving configuration is given by that.

Electronic Data Sheet (EDS/XDD)

All CANopen devices need an electronic data sheet (EDS) that describes the parameters of the object dictionary electronically. The CANopen DeviceDesigner creates the electronic data sheet in format EDS according to CiA305 and XDD according to CiA311. The files always reflect the recently generated object dictionary. The automatic generation of the files helps to avoid error prone manual work.

Device documentation

For the object dictionary with all features and descriptions and for further device specific adjustments a device documentation is generated both in HTML and text format. The documentation reflects the recent entries and implementation and is therefore always up to date. It is possible to export the documentation for further use, e.g. as part of the user manual of the device.

Device profiles

Profile files are available for various communication and device profiles of the CiA. A profile file includes templates for all types of objects with the standard attributes and a description of the object. Objects can be imported into the CANopen DeviceDesigner, copied and customized to individual characteristics of devices. When using predefined objects the development time shortens significantly and the error prone work of manual input of data falls away.
Following profile files are available:
CiA 301 – CANopen application layer and communication profile
CiA 302 – CANopen additional application layer functions
CiA 401 – Device Profile for Generic I/O Devices
CiA 418 – Device Profile for Batteries
CiA 419 – Device Profile for Battery Charger

Contents of delivery
- Programma for Windows™ or Linux
- USB license key (One USB 2.0 connection required)
- User Manual

Part number(s)

CANopen DeviceDesigner (CDD) - Windows Version
CANopen DeviceDesigner (CDD) - Linux Version

Getting interested?

Are you interested in the emtas CANopen DeviceDesigner? Please request, without any obligation, for a quote. Would you like more information? Please send an email to or visit our contact page.
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