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Intelligent actuators with well-known communication protocols

LINAK electric actuators offer a variety of industrial and mobile off-highway interfaces, enabling manufacturers to easily integrate intelligent and reliable movement with existing control systems.

IO-Link - Intelligent actuators with well-known communication protocols

Modern industrial machinery relies heavily on data feedback from multiple sources, and components must react quickly to leverage the full potential of the machine. Whether this is achieved by running CAN J1939, IO-Link or one of the other protocols, with LINAK® IC actuators (Integrated Controller) you can integrate movement quickly and with relatively simple means.

Below is a short description of the communication protocols and supporting literature, including user manuals and installation guides.

LINAK CAN J1939 icon

CAN SAE J1939 is a standardised method for communication across ECUs (Electronic Control Units) – offering a common language across all manufacturers. The protocol is widely used in mobile off-highway machinery as it supports smart automation. Discover what CAN bus actuators can do for your industrial machinery.

Supporting literature about CAN bus:
CAN bus user manual for software version 1
CAN bus user manual for software version 3

Find out here which CAN bus version you are running.

CANopen logo

CANopen is a communication protocol that relies on the CiA 301 standard and is the main network architecture used in industries such as Railway, Agriculture, Heavy Truck & Bus, Marine, Off-Highway and Factory Automation.
CANopen user manual software version 1
Electronic Data Sheet for CANopen (.eds file)

IO-Link icon

IO-Link is a point-to-point industrial network standard used to connect digital sensors and actuators to an industrial fieldbus or Ethernet. It is used with simple three-wire cables, without the need for additional shielding. The bi-directional communication ensures rapid parameter setting and diagnostics, thereby increasing the efficiency and reducing down-time in e.g. industrial automation and packaging machinery.
Quick start guide

LinBUS logo

LIN bus is a cost-effective supplement to CAN bus. The overall performance and reliability of the network is lower compared to CAN bus, but the protocol is very suitable for non-critical components (such as electric adjustment of seat and/or windows in a cabin).

Modbus logo

Modbus is a serial communication protocol used for industrial electronic devices, which is often connected to a PLC. Using Modbus makes it easy to integrate and maintain multiple devices on the same network. Actuators with Modbus can be used for industrial automation, solar tracking etc.

Supporting literature about Modbus:

Parameter list and explanation



Download a free BusLink software v1.20 to configure your actuator or read out service data. The basic functionalities are explained here, and each communication protocol also comes with a variety of added features and guidelines.


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How to get Plug & Play™ movement for your industrial application play-icon

How to get Plug & Play™ movement for your industrial application

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With IC and BUS communication you can plug & play your way to monitoring your actuators


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