The eleven international trade fairs covering all areas of technology that are being held at the Hanover Trade Show (April 8-12, 2013) are a powerful stimulus for investments in automation and technology. BR will be presenting all of their products and services at this industrial automation trade show (Hall 9, Booth D28). One of the main focal points will be the company's latest developments. These open up new possibilities for machine and system manufacturers to increase their competitiveness, and reflect the leitmotif guiding this year's Hanover Trade Show: "Integrated Industry", which highlights the growing interdependence between all areas of industry.
Significantly reducing development costs
B&R's dedication to providing solutions that fully integrate all aspects of development has taken on new dimensions with the new generation of its engineering environment, Automation Studio 4. It takes the B&R's smart engineering philosophy and applies it in a practical manner by increasing development efficiency and – in spite of continually increasing machine and system complexity – helping to meet demands for low development costs and short time to market.
The 3rd generation has arrived
At Hanover, B&R will be presenting far-reaching innovations in every area of industrial automation. With the Automation PC 910, B&R introduces a new family of powerful industrial box PCs that promise users extreme levels of freedom and cost-efficiency with the latest generation of Intel® Core™ i-series processing technology.
Efficient redundancy solution
B&R's failsafe systems are extraordinarily efficient – and therefore also attractive for smaller applications in traditional machine automation – including PLC redundancy for the B&R X20 System integrated in the Automation Studio 4 software environment. The communication protocol for this solution is the high-performance POWERLINK real-time fieldbus. POWERLINK provides extremely short response times for applications with unprecedented speed and performance.
Optimized energy management
As a solution for energy data management, APROL EnMon helps users improve their energy efficiency. This out-of-the-box solution that runs on B&R's Automation PC 910 is a simple way to implement the requirements specified in ISO 50001. APROL EnMon helps considerably reduce energy consumption, and the resulting financial savings strengthens users' competitive edge.
ACOPOSmotor saves space in the control cabinet
B&R has also been busy further developing its ACOPOSmulti drive system. The motor-mounted servo drive, ACOPOSmotor, melds with the motor to form a configurable and easy-to-connect mechatronic servo drive unit with integrated safe motion functions and delivers power right where it is needed on the machine – over the only open safety protocol, openSAFETY. This saves valuable space in the control cabinet and advances the development of decentralized machine architectures.
Virtual safe controller – SafeLOGIC-X
For safe automation applications, B&R presents a software-based safety controller whose safety functionality is distributed across safe I/O modules, a standard controller and the HMI application. This solution, called SafeLOGIC-X, allows even smaller, cost-sensitive safety applications to enjoy the benefits of an integrated safety solution with full-fledged support for all safe motion functions. SafeLOGIC-X uses the openSAFETY communication protocol, the first open – and only 100% bus-independent – safety standard for all Industrial Ethernet solutions.
Modular concept for mobile automation
The ultimate demonstration of "Integrated Industry" can be found in B&R's line of mobile automation solutions. These operation and monitoring devices, remote PLCs and distributed I/O units designed for outdoor applications and special-purpose vehicles are just as modular as B&R's products for production halls and large-scale plants. Since they are also fully compatible with these traditional automation systems, the mobile machines can also be seamlessly integrated in an overall system.
B&R company profile
B&R is the world's largest and most successful private company in the area of automation equipment manufacturing. The motto "Perfection in Automation" has provided the foundation for the company since B&R was founded in 1979. Today, B&R employs 2,400 employees worldwide and has an exceptional global presence with 168 sales offices in 68 countries. As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and process automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With industrial fieldbus communication standards like POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering.
B&R Industrial Automation, Inc. North America, based in Atlanta, GA, has been working closely with its customers since 1987. Since then, B&R North America has continuously grown as a sales and support organization through both direct sales offices and B&R's unique Automation Partner distribution network. Today, B&R North America has a network of more than 20 offices throughout the USA and Canada and is there for its customers locally.
For more information, please visit www.br-automation.com.