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Training CAN and PCAN-Explorer

We want to help you getting started in the world of the CAN bus - in this case with a practical training that imparts both fundamental knowledge on the CAN bus in general as well as the work with our CAN analysis software PCAN-Explorer.

The training is designed for two days. The theory is changed gradually to the practice. A CAN bus is built up and connects computers of the participants and a microcontroller circuitry. The analysis of CAN traffic is done using fully functional trial licenses of PCAN-Explorer to be installed on the computers.

The intended audience are newcomers to the CAN matter and to the PCAN-Explorer who want to know what is happening on the CAN bus.

Product information PCAN-Explorer 6

Contents of the two-day training

CAN Fundamentals (½ day theory)

  • Properties and applications
  • CAN in the ISO/OSI model
  • Physical transmission types
  • High-speed CAN in detail
    • Structure
    • Bus lengths
    • Differential signal
    • Signal levels
  • Layout of a CAN frame
  • Arbitration
  • Frame types
  • Error detection and error states of the CAN controller
  • Possible error sources at implementation of a CAN bus
  • CAN FD

PCAN-Explorer Introduction (1½ days workshop)

  • Setup of PCAN hardware and software
  • First steps to a CAN connection
  • Managing the PCAN-Explorer
  • CAN recordings with the Tracer
  • CAN message filtering
  • Symbolic representation of CAN messages
    • Symbols File: structure, creation possibilities, application
    • Enums: textual representation of specific values
    • Multiplexers: alternating information in a CAN message
  • Timeouts for trouble shooting
  • PCAN-Explorer extensions (Add-ins)
    • General handling
    • CANdb handling
    • J1939: short introduction and instructions for use
    • Curve presentation and analysis (Plotter)
    • Self-made Instruments Panel
  • Introduction to scripting possibilities

Offer for Individuals

Training on a specified date at PEAK-System in Darmstadt and in Neumünster for individual registrations.

Duration2 days
TimeAt both training days from 9 to 4 o'clock each.
Number of participantsMaximum 8 persons
We reserve the right to cancel a training if there are few bookings until two weeks prior to the scheduled date.
LocationPEAK-System in Darmstadt or in Neumünster (see dates below)
LanguageWe offer separate trainings in German and in English languages.
Price750 € per person plus VAT

Included are the two-day training as well as drinks and lunch.

Next Trainings

28 February + 1 March 2023 (Tue + Wed), Darmstadt, German

2 + 3 March 2023 (Thu + Fri), Darmstadt, English

4 + 5 April 2023 (Tue + Wed), Neumünster, German

Offer for Groups

Training for a group with date and location according to your demand. For the contents mentioned above, it is possible to set focus on selected topics or to omit content points.

Duration2 days
TimeAccording to the arrangement. The period from 9 to 4 o'clock on both days of training has proven feasible.
LocationEither on-site in the rooms of your company/institution or at PEAK-System in Darmstadt.
Number of participants10 persons maximum.
LanguageThe training can be held either in German or in English.
Price4,200 € plus VAT

Included are the two-day course for up to 10 participants as well as travel and accommodation expenses of the instructor. This price applies only to the training mentioned above within Germany.

Of course we can make an individual offer according to your requirements.

Additional Offer PCAN-Explorer License

If you need a permanent license for the PCAN Explorer after the training, get 10 % discount on the purchase of a single license per person once, also for add-ins. This offer is valid until 12 weeks after the training.

Training Materials

During the training, each participant receives the following training materials:

  • Hardcopy of the presentation slides in a ring binder
  • USB stick with
    • Setups for the device driver and for the PCAN-Explorer incl. trial license
    • Sample files for use with the PCAN-Explorer
    • Background info about the treated topics
  • Training certificate


If you have questions about the trainings or if you like to register, you can get in touch with us as follows:

Phone:+49 6151-8173-46
Contact person:Mark Gerber