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Phytools - who we are and what we stand for.

Phytools LLC is a leading supplier of innovative industrial networking and automation solutions from top European manufacturers. With over 20 years of experience, we have built a diverse customer base spanning multiple industry sectors including automotive, industrial automation, medical equipment, and renewable energy. Our large selection of networking solutions and in-house expertise allow us to offer our customers the most efficient and cost-effective products for their specific application needs. From the pre-sales and specification stage to rapid resolution of support issues, we are committed to exceeding our customers' expectations.

Phytools proudly distributes Controller Area Network (CAN), industrial Ethernet, and other high quality embedded networking hardware and software products from leading European manufacturers. We are the official distributor for products made by PEAK-System Technik, SYS TEC electronic, KUNBUS and GEMAC
. We are also an authorized distributor for products developed by Kvaser and Embedded Systems Academy. Most recently, Phytools became the official North American distributor for Embedded Systems Solutions, the creators of the popular CANgine product line and advanced telematics interfaces. Phytools is a member of the CAN in Automation (CiA) non-profit users and manufacturers group and theEtherCAT Technology Group (ETG).


Founded in 1996, PHYTEC America began offering System on Module (SOM) sub-assemblies along with German CAN products to customers in North America. In order to expand its product portfolio as well as meeting the need for prompt and expert technical support, Rene Hackl, an engineer working at PHYTEC Germany was asked to join the new American venture during its start-up phase. In 1999 Rene moved to Bainbridge Island, WA and has since made the beautiful island his home. Through hard work and a commitment to service excellence, sales of CAN products experienced rapid growth during the first decade. In 2012 PHYTEC started the process of spinning off its CAN products business unit into its own profit center. The transition was completed with the creation of Phytools, a PHYTEC America 
subsidiary, in January 2013.