The J1939 CAN protocol finds widespread use in communicating and diagnosing heavy-duty vehicles like buses, construction machines, material handling equipment, mass transportation vehicles, forestry machinery, agricultural equipment, maritime vessels, and military application trucks’ Electronic Control Units (ECUs).
The messages exchanged between these units can be data such as vehicle road speed, torque control message from the transmission to the engine, oil temperature, and many more. For this communication, The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Truck and Bus Control and Communications Subcommittee have developed a family of standards. The standards concern the design and use of devices that transmit electronic signals and control information among vehicle components.
For analyzing and diagnosing the network messages and signals the user needs a suitable tool for analysing the network. It can be almost any type of CAN analyzing tool, but it must have support for the J1939 protocol.
CANtrace supports the J1939 protocol
TK Engineering CANtrace is an advanced but easy to use CAN monitoring tool. It allows you to trace, decode and plot CAN messages and signals in real-time, or log everything for post processing in the comfort of your office.
In the trace view J1939 PGNs are decoded to human readable format. In addition, CANtrace supports the long J1939 transport layer frames and can both send and receive signals embedded in transport layer framers.
CANtrace includes a comprehensive J1939 database in DBC format. This allows CANtrace to natively decode all standard 8-byte J1939 signals, that form the majority of most J1939 networks. CANtrace also supports combining the included J1939 database with your own manufacturer specific database allowing it to decode also vehicle specific signals you have defined.
Use Your Existing CAN Interface
With CANtrace you don’t have to invest in expensive CAN hardware to get started.
If you are like most CANtrace customers, your engineers already use at least one CAN interface. With CANtrace, it’s possible to tie your CANtrace license to your existing hardware. Making it even more convenient for you to utilize the software.
If you own a CAN interface from manufacturers Kvaser, Vector or PEAK, it will work with CANtrace.
Kvaser and Vector hardware tie the license to the hardware, ensuring seamless compatibility. Contrarily, Peak hardware offers the advantage of tying the license directly to the PC, granting users unparalleled flexibility in their usage. This unique feature ensures seamless adaptability and empowers individuals to leverage CANtrace to its fullest potential on their preferred devices. By using the same Vector or Kvaser CAN hardware, multiple individuals can share the power of CANtrace, maximizing its collaborative potential.
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