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Latest News (Updated 09 May 2002 )

  1. Warwick CAN/DeviceNet Lab moves to new frontiers - Industrial EtherNet Research. Click here for detailed information.

  2. Warwick Lab seeking support from vendors to create  an innovative Industrial  EtherNet Research Centre. For more details, please Click here.

  3. You can subscribe to various technical discussion groups listed below by simply clicking  on the corresponding hyperlinks:

    Controller Area Network (CAN) -

    EtherNet/IP -

    DeviceNet -

    ControlNet -

  4. The official EtherNet/IP website is up and running. The website can be reached at:

    You can download the EtherNet/IP preliminary release of specification from the site.

  5. We periodically hosts scheduled DeviceNet training sessions. The training session dates for year 2002 will be updated soon.  We also provide unscheduled bespoke training on request. Click here for detailed information, or here to download the form.

  6. The DeviceNet Composite Test version is 17 now. For more details, please click here.

  7. 32-bit version of the Protocol Conformance Test Engine is releasing soon. Read here.

  8. 61 devices successfully passed the ODVA Independent test at this centre. Click here to find out about these devices.

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Our Mission

Welcome to the CAN/EtherNet Research Centre (CERC) at the University of Warwick. Our centre is asking all the companies that have a vested interest in industrial Ethernet technology to support this research programme through:

Contribution of equipment and/or product to set up theEtherNet/IP demonstrator/test bed for performing research work.
Contribution of manpower and expertise to help set up the EtherNet/IP demonstrator.
Nominal cash contribution (optional) according to company size.

The novel research performed will be in areas that are of concern to the contributing vendors, and the research will produce results that will improve the controls and e-business structures of the end-users.

Our centre enables members to keep abreast of developments in low cost networks and EMC technologies, and it acts as a forum for discussion on technical applications to cover all sectors of industry.

CERC Profile

University of Warwick CAN Centre was started in 1991, by Mr. Richard T. Mclaughlin. He began work on the feasibility of in-vehicle networks for the Rover Group. After many studies and extensive research, he decided that Controller Area Network (CAN) was the way forward for in-vehicle networks.

Since then it has been discovered that CAN has many other applications. The club, µiP (Microcontroller In Products) was then formed to assist small and medium enterprises and large companies with limited resources.

In 1993, the centre built a CAN in-vehicle demonstrator. This demonstrator car was used to demonstrate the replacement of bundles of wires with CAN, and yet still deliver the same (or even better) performance as the conventional hard-wiring.

In 1995, the CAN Centre was awarded funding from ODVA to set-up the European DeviceNet Conformance Test Centre (DeviceNet Europe). A DeviceNet Assembly Cell which consists of DeviceNet devices from multiple vendors (over 30) was set up to demonstrate the interoperability between these devices. The DeviceNet network exceeds 40 nodes and includes AC drives, i/o blocks, motor starters, operator interfaces (HMI), photosensors, pneumatic valves, a radio frequency identifying system, shaft encoder and a weigh transmitter. Device diagnostics have also been implementated and integrated with a SCADA package. Remote viewing of selected live information is possible over the internet. Vendors, System Integrators, and End Users are encouraged to visit this site. Also, a DeviceNet/ControlNet Robot Assembly Cell has been completed as part of a light weight vehicle manufacturing process project.

On the 10th of February 1997, the centre was officially commissioned as the European Independent Conformance Test Lab of ODVA. A conformance test machine and a 500Kbits/s interoperability test board was set up. It was at this point that the centre became known as the DeviceNet European Technical Support Centre (DETSC).

In mid June of 1997, the centre constructed a DeviceNet Interoperability Test Board. This test board consists of 64 nodes from more than 30 vendors, running at 500 Kbps with maximum trunk and drop lengths. The intention of this test board is to assist product developers to further verify the product fully complies to the DeviceNet Specification.

In January 2002, the Centre was renamed to the CAN/EtherNet Research Centre (CERC) to reflect its new direction in expanding to wider areas of fieldbus research.

CERC is appealing to all Vendors developing EtherNet/IP technology to contribute their products and time and expertise to help expand the Industrial EtherNet research activities at this centre.

Contact Information

Eva D'souza ( Research Fellow)
Richard McLaughlin (Senior Research Fellow)
+44 (0)24 765 73002 (E.D)
+44 (0)24 765 24711 (R.M)
+44 (0)24 765 24307
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IMC, University Of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
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