CAN Signal Analysis with Spreadsheets and Kvaser’s CanKing SAE J1939 Example

A few of the customers I’ve worked with over the last few years have indicated a need to analyze a limited number of CAN signals within an SAE J1939 data stream. Although Kvaser has many partner companies that offer plenty of powerful choices for CAN analysis software, it is sometimes desirable to graph a signal…

May 28, 2020 Bryan Hennessy
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Applying a J1939 DBC file and building a simple test script in CanKing

In the previous post I introduced some of the free software downloads from Kvaser, and gave an example of how to use some of these tools for learning about CAN, and for CAN development and test projects while at home. There is no specific hardware required for this, just a computer. The primary software tools…

May 21, 2020 Bryan Hennessy
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An Introduction to J1939 and DBC files

This is an introductory guide to understanding and working with J1939 DBC files.  Prerequisites: Have a basic understanding of representing numbers in Hexadecimal format. Understand the concept of serial data communications. CAN Basics web-based training from Kvaser. UNITS 1, 2, and 3 minimum, or equivalent knowledge. Summary The DBC file is an ASCII based translation file…

September 13, 2019 Bryan Hennessy
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