Latest Electrak HD Actuators are Compliant with Specification 301 of CiA Standards

Press Release Summary:

  • Supports CANopen industrial networking protocol built on the Controller Automation Network (CAN)
  • Uses independent standard platform that enables plug and play integration with other standard devices
  • CANopen enables users to finely control the motion of a linear component using programmable parameters such as distance travelled, temperature and speed

Original Press Release:

Thomson Adds Canopen Networking Protocol Option for Electrak® HD Actuators

Open Architecture Enables Greater Connectivity, Maintainability and Flexibility

24.08.2020, WOOD DALE, IL– Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of linear motion control solutions, has announced the availability of the CANopen industrial networking protocol as an option for its line of heavy duty Electrak HD electric actuators. Designers of linear motion systems requiring up to 16 kN load handling can now enjoy the cost savings and flexibility of this CAN bus standard.

“Many of our customers are seeking to reduce costs and gain flexibility by integrating their motion systems into higher-level, open automation strategies and have asked us to support CANopen. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering both CANopen and SAE J1939 capabilities for our popular Electrak HD actuators,” said Anders Karlsson, Product Line Specialist – Linear Actuators at Thomson.

CANopen is an open industrial integration protocol built on the Controller Automation Network (CAN). Originally developed for industrial systems,it is increasingly becoming the protocol of choice for factory automation systems, most notably AGVs and PLC-controlled material handling systems. 

CANopen offers all of the functionality of SAE J1939, another protocol built on the CAN network bus, but uses an independent standard platform that enables plug and play integration with other standard devices. This makes it possible to integrate motion into other, higher-level automation schemes.

In addition to simplifying connectivity, CANopen enables users to finely control the motion of a linear component using programmable parameterssuch as distance traveled, temperature and speed. Programs can provide data, which can help diagnose problems, signal maintenance alarms, improve quality control and optimize operations.

Taking full advantage of the CANopen data handling capabilities are the onboard electronics embedded in the Thomson Electrak HD actuator, which eliminate the need for standalone controls. This smart electric actuator offers an intelligent, powerful and compact alternative to hydraulic systems. In addition to load handling up to 16 kN, the Electrak HD provides up to 1 meter of stroke, up to 75 mm/s of speed and high environmental resistance, including IP69K.

ThomsonElectrak HD linear actuators with CANopen are available immediately and are compliant with specification 301 published by the CAN in Automation (CiA) standards body. Additional Thomson electric actuator models are being considered for future implementation.

For more information, download the Electrak HD technical brochure at

About Thomson
With more than 70 years of motion control innovation and quality, Thomson is the industry’s premier producer of Linear Ball Bushing® Bearings and Profile Rail Bearings, 60 Case® Linear Shafting, Ball Screws, Lead Screws, Screw Jacks, Linear Actuators, Linear Systems, and related accessories. Thomson invented the Linear Ball Bushing Bearing in 1945 and has set the standard ever since with an unsurpassed set of linear motion control solutions serving global commercial, and aerospace and defense markets. Thomson has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with more than 2000 distributor locations around the world.

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