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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)

16/05/2018

Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

B&R Industrial Automation Ltd

B&R Industrial Automation is a leading manufacturer of electronic control equipment, specifically designed for the Automation Industry. Our state of the art highly competitive electronic system products are being used by a growing list of well known leading international companies across all industries. Our integrated package of products, technologies and support services are designed to improve the flexibility and productivity of the manufacturing process. B&R recognized long ago that the market is not only searching for components such as PLC controllers, visualization devices (HMI) industrial PC’s and servo drive systems, but also desires a single integral software tool that provides an efficient integration of these products. This "single software tool for all products" approach provides enormous savings potential, which is recognized by leading machine manufacturers today as an important competitive edge. We recognize that it is difficult for many machine builders to keep up with, and make the best use of all the advances in our technology. Our strength in applications engineering support can be offered to provide our partner complete software engineering support - from project concept through to working application. The benefits are obvious - successful projects in record time and within budget! View our corporate video below.

 

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News from B&R Industrial Automation Ltd

Servo motors with maximum torque densityServo motors with maximum torque density

B&R has taken the next step in development of its 8LS servo motors. Three newly designed size 5 motors in lengths A, B and C fill out the mid-range of the 8LS product line. Compared to their predecessors, they offer more compact dimensions and improved thermal design. The 8LS servo motors (more...)

Flexible transport systemFlexible transport system

B&R has unveiled a new intelligent transport system, saying ACOPOStrak is the first system in the world to extend the economies of mass production down to batches of one. The purely electromagnetic ACOPOStrak diverters divide and merge product flows at full production speed. Among their many (more...)

B&R steps up efforts advancing OPC UAB&R steps up efforts advancing OPC UA

B&R is now represented in the OPC Foundation's Technical Advisory Council (TAC). This move further strengthens B&R’s role in the strategic advancement of the OPC UA standard. Appointment to the TAC is a tribute to B&R’s committed involvement throughout numerous OPC Foundation (more...)

Monitor conditions inside the cabinetMonitor conditions inside the cabinet

With three new I/O modules in its X20 series, B&R has made control cabinet monitoring easier than ever. All three modules measure temperature and humidity in the control cabinet and log how much time the values spend within defined ranges. This allows critical environmental conditions to be (more...)

Industrial IoT for brownfieldsIndustrial IoT for brownfields

As a comprehensive performance indicator, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) can play an important role in making manufacturing assets more productive. Difficulties gathering the data needed to calculate OEE, however, have often prevented it from being used to improve older brownfield systems. (more...)

Innovation Day B&R UK & IrelandInnovation Day B&R UK & Ireland

As the world becomes more and more connected, machine and factory automation solutions from B&R are empowering manufacturers to new levels of productivity. Join B&R for a day to experience these solutions and technologies first hand and discover how you can apply them to your machine or (more...)

Competition authorities give green light for B&R acquisitionCompetition authorities give green light for B&R acquisition

B&R is now ABB’s global centre for machine and factory automation. Following approval by EU competition authorities, the acquisition became legally effective on July 6, 2017. B&R will operate as an independent business unit within the ABB Group’s Industrial Automation division. (more...)

Boost productivity with anti-sloshingBoost productivity with anti-sloshing

With B&R’s industrial transport system, it is now possible to transport liquids quickly with no spills. B&R says SuperTrak is the only system on the market to offer anti-sloshing technology; this suppresses the formation of oscillations on free surfaces to prevent liquids from spilling (more...)

Compact servo motors allow precise positioningCompact servo motors allow precise positioning

B&R is expanding its servo motor portfolio with the addition of the 8WS compact motor series. This makes it possible to implement servo applications that require highly precise synchronisation and accurate positioning in limited space. Potential applications include gluing and dosing systems, (more...)

ABB to acquire B&RABB to acquire B&R

ABB has announced the acquisition of B&R, the largest independent provider focused on product- and software-based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. B&R employs more than 3,000 people, including about 1,000 R&D and application engineers. It (more...)

Practical steps towards Industry 4.0Practical steps towards Industry 4.0

Looking at practical implementations of Industry 4.0, we asked the experts at B&R for examples from their own production environment, and for insight on first steps companies can take along an Industry 4.0 journey. What today is paraded under the banner of Industry 4.0 has been common practice (more...)

B&R and Hyundai Heavy Industries enter strategic partnershipB&R and Hyundai Heavy Industries enter strategic partnership

B&R and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a global strategic partnership agreement to introduce B&R automation solutions across HHI's various areas of operation, including control solutions for ship, plant and power automation that will benefit HHI's customers in the oil and gas, (more...)

Versatile panel technology for easy maintenanceVersatile panel technology for easy maintenance

B&R is expanding its Automation Panel family with a new series of widescreen formats from 7in HD to 24in Full HD. Automation Panel 1000 devices offer easy and flexible mounting options. The slender design is available with a single-touch or multi-touch screen. Adding a PC unit turns an (more...)

Handheld HMIs from B&R offer flexible performanceHandheld HMIs from B&R offer flexible performance

B&R has added three new mobile units to its HMI portfolio. The Mobile Panel 7100 series of handheld HMI units offers an ergonomic, light and shockproof design. These new models are B&R's answer for applications in harsh industrial environments that require the performance of an industrial (more...)

Harder, better, fasterHarder, better, faster

Adoption of robotics holds the promise of significantly improved productivity, but does the technology always live up to that promise? The anwer quite often is that robot productivity could often be improved. Users will detail their experiences of unplanned downtime due to out of sync communication (more...)

Linear transport technology for conveying and assemblyLinear transport technology for conveying and assembly

Market adoption for linear transport solutions has been relatively low to date, with existing offerings not fulfilling customer expectations and requirements. But a new solution from B&R looks set to deliver new best-in-class standards for reliability and ease of maintenance. A number of (more...)

Develop application software significantly fasterDevelop application software significantly faster

At K 2016, from October 19-26, B&R will be demonstrating how to greatly simplify the development of applications for injection presses, extruders and blow molding machines (Hall 12, Booth B16). Modular software blocks can reduce development times by an average of two-thirds. For commonly (more...)

B&R presents new solutions for azimuth control at WindEnergy expoB&R presents new solutions for azimuth control at WindEnergy expo

At the WindEnergy expo in Hamburg B&R will be demonstrating how wind turbine wear can be minimised through optimal yaw control. This is made possible by intelligent control concepts based on the ACOPOS P3 servo drive. The ACOPOS P3 is designed to operate flawlessly under harsh offshore (more...)

B&R appoints new UK managing directorB&R appoints new UK managing director

B&R has appointed Alan Conn as its new managing director for the UK and Ireland. Alan joins from Bosch Rexroth, where he held various sales management positions supporting OEM, end user and distribution businesses over the last nine years. From 2012 to 2016 Alan was national sales manager for (more...)

Easy integration of third party safety componentsEasy integration of third party safety components

B&R has long said that with POWERLINK, it’s easy to integrate many different third-party devices into B&R automation solutions. The same now applies to safety components with an openSAFETY interface as well as modular devices. This makes implementing multi-vendor applications easier (more...)

Easy line control and monitoringEasy line control and monitoring

A focus for B&R is simplifying line control and monitoring, and the company has introduced new technology based on PackML. With just a few mouse clicks, a convenient line monitoring system can be implemented using B&R’s APROL process and factory automation system, with the solution (more...)

Solutions for smart machines and factoriesSolutions for smart machines and factories

The road to the smart factories, networked machines and efficient processes of Industry 4.0 leads through uncharted territory. With the innovations and updates B&R will be presenting at the 2016 Hannover Messe (Hall 9, Booth D28), the automation specialist offers a vision and a roadmap to get (more...)

B&R at Drives and Controls 2016B&R at Drives and Controls 2016

The Drives & Controls exhibition (NEC Birmingham, 12-14 April 2016) is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power Transmission and Motion Engineering. At this year’s show, B&R will present, for the first time in the UK, an unprecedented number of new innovations; (more...)

Businesses discovering the power of the internet of thingsBusinesses discovering the power of the internet of things

B&R UK will be exhibiting at Smart IoT London, aiming to inspire and enable visitors to apply IoT solutions to their everyday work. Not only increasing productivity, but also lowering costs of customisation and flexibility in their production automation system allowing batch size 1 product (more...)

COMAU and B&R assimilate robotics into machine controlCOMAU and B&R assimilate robotics into machine control

With the introduction of openROBOTICS, partners COMAU and B&R are opening up new dimensions of robotics integration for machinery and production lines. The solution is based on a full line-up of COMAU robots that handle payloads ranging from 3 to 650 kilograms. “With completely uniform (more...)

Modular software blocks reduce machine development timeModular software blocks reduce machine development time

B&R is revolutionising the development of application software for automation with mapp technology. These modular software blocks simplify the development of new programs and reduce the development time for new machines and systems by an average of 67%. When it comes to engineering new (more...)

10,000 Comau robots controlled by B&R10,000 Comau robots controlled by B&R

As the collaboration between Comau Robotics and B&R continues to mature and expand, the companies can already boast ten thousand units installed and operating all around the globe. This achievement underscores the quality of Comau products, which rely on powerful, accurate and reliable control (more...)

Synchronising conveyor belts with robotsSynchronising conveyor belts with robots

An increasing number of processes in production lines require synchronisation with conveyor belts. Ensuring the high levels of speed and precision needed to accomplish this used to require highly complex control solutions. Production lines with conveyor belt tracking have an advantage. Since the (more...)

Industrial Ethernet now on Raspberry Pi2Industrial Ethernet now on Raspberry Pi2

POWERLINK is the first industrial Ethernet protocol to work on the new Raspberry Pi2. Kalycito has implemented openPOWERLINK master and slave with Linux on the 2nd generation of the single-board computer. Raspberry Pi2 was introduced in the spring of 2015 and offers a new dimension of performance on (more...)

Compact and dynamicCompact and dynamic

Motors from B&R's 8LS series have been completely revamped and are now more powerful than ever. A more compact housing, optimised design and additional sizes are only some of the features that make these motors even more attractive and universal.B&R has improved the already very powerful and (more...)

B&R implements library of PLCopen function blocksB&R implements library of PLCopen function blocks

With the SafeDESIGNER library for press applications, B&R is one of the first manufacturers to offer a complete set of the function blocks specified in PLCopen part 4. As a result, users working with safety-critical press applications will have a much easier time setting up the necessary safety (more...)

No more hard wiring with openSAFETYNo more hard wiring with openSAFETY

New openSAFETY operator panels from B&R allow safe data exchange over the bus system. The integrated openSAFETY interface renders the hard wiring of E-stop, operating mode and start buttons obsolete.Setting up operator panels with several hard-wired switches and buttons by threading countless (more...)

Perfect complement for an Industry 4.0 implementationPerfect complement for an Industry 4.0 implementation

Implementation of Industry 4.0 requires digital consistency in production - from sensors all the way up to the ERP level. An increasing number of machine and system manufacturers are using a combination of OPC UA and POWERLINK to integrate devices from different manufacturers and various levels of (more...)

Browsing function for OPC UABrowsing function for OPC UA

B&R continues to drive the development of vendor-independent communication with OPC UA. The company has developed a PLCopen function block that makes it easy to implement dynamic applications able to utilize data from any OPC UA server.With the browsing function block, an OPC UA client can (more...)

Commission robots quickly and easilyCommission robots quickly and easily

B&R is expanding its already extensive mapp technology portfolio to include components for all the most commonly used robot kinematic systems. Not only does this allow users to commission robots much more quickly, it also makes maintenance and diagnostics substantially easier.The new robotic (more...)

Break free from hardwired safetyBreak free from hardwired safety

B&R presents a new series of safe digital mixed modules from its X20 SafeIO family - breaking down the barriers to entry for programmable safety technology. Even in the smallest applications, integrated safety technology is now no more expensive than a conventional relay solution.B&R's (more...)

Industrial PC from B&R awarded DNV GL certificationIndustrial PC from B&R awarded DNV GL certification

B&R's Automation PC 910 has been awarded DNV GL certification for maritime applications. The industrial PC has been certified in accordance with GL 2010, IACS UR E10. Additionally, DNV GL confirms its compliance with IEC 60945, including the specified Compass Safe Distance. The Automation PC 910 (more...)

Modularity makes semi-custom machine development economicModularity makes semi-custom machine development economic

With machine builders facing pressures to build ever more sophisticated machines with increasing numbers of variants and options, Simon Goodwin of B&R looks at the importance of modularity with the engineering and development processes.Maintaining profitability in the machine building industry (more...)

Machines greater than the sum of their partsMachines greater than the sum of their parts

Pharmaceutical packaging machine projects can vary massively from one to the next. German company Mediseal is reaping the benefits individually tested software modules, giving the company greater agility to deliver new solutions with minimal cost and risk.In the pharmaceutical industry, product (more...)

B&R safety technology awarded UL certificationB&R safety technology awarded UL certification

B&R's extensive portfolio of products featuring integrated safety technology has received yet another key certification. Following rigorous evaluation and testing, the experts at Underwriters Laboratories have confirmed that B&R products comply with IEC 61508, IEC 62061 and ISO 13849 - the (more...)

High-speed laser machines rely on POWERLINK and openSAFETYHigh-speed laser machines rely on POWERLINK and openSAFETY

LASERVORM has developed a control concept for laser machines that works up to 40 times faster than comparable approaches. The real-time POWERLINK network guarantees the necessary high speed and precise synchronization - down to the microsecond."Laser machines have to become more and more flexible in (more...)
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Service robot scales negative slopesService robot scales negative slopes

The Technical University of Liberec has introduced the second generation of its special service robot, the ROBOTUL Vertical Climber 02, which uses a unique stepping movement to traverse both smooth and structured surfaces such as the glass walls of buildings. Its safe and highly precise operation is (more...)

Maximising scalability in packaging industry applications

With Scalability+, B&R says it is establishing a new philosophy for scalability. This new approach opens up entirely new dimensions for machine builders, making it possible to perfectly tailor an automation solution directly to the needs of a specific machine. It allows you to select a hardware (more...)

B&R reduces development time by 67% with mapp technologyB&R reduces development time by 67% with mapp technology

B&R will be presenting its revolutionary new mapp technology at this year's SPS IPC Drives trade show. These modular software blocks simplify the development of new programs and reduce the development time for new machines and systems by an average of 67%. At the same time, mapp reduces overall (more...)

No more hard wiring with openSAFETY panelsNo more hard wiring with openSAFETY panels

New openSAFETY control panels from B&R allow safe data exchange over the bus system. The integrated openSAFETY interface renders the hard wiring of E-stop, operating mode and start buttons obsolete.Setting up control panels with several hard-wired switches and buttons by threading countless (more...)

Strategic agreement between Datalogic and B&RStrategic agreement between Datalogic and B&R

Datalogic Automation is gearing up to adopt low-consumption, high-performance B&R Automation PC 910 systems into its new UX series of vision processors. This is the result of the strategic agreement signed by both market leaders that will see the powerful B&R Automation PC 910 equipped as (more...)

B&R introduces new master modules for digital communicationB&R introduces new master modules for digital communication

B&R is introducing two new master modules that each use IO-Link 1.1 to communicate digitally with four intelligent field devices: The X20DS438A with IP20 protection and the X67DS438A with IP67 protection for use outside the control cabinet.The vision advanced by "Industry 4.0" - of (more...)

EPSG introduces openSAFETY distribution 1.4 with new featuresEPSG introduces openSAFETY distribution 1.4 with new features

The openSAFETY protocol stack is immediately available in version 1.4 as open-source software for download from the SourceForge repository. Just like the predecessor version, this new distribution has been precertified by TÜV Rheinland up to SIL 3 in accordance with IEC 61508:2010. Using the (more...)

B&R swing arm systems with IP65-rated panels raise the barB&R swing arm systems with IP65-rated panels raise the bar

B&R is proud to present a brand new line of swing arm systems. These fully enclosed panels are available in a wide range of variants and feature IP65 protection, allowing them to be placed optimally on machines.Multi-touch widescreen panels are available in sizes ranging from 18.5" to (more...)

ACOPOSmotor sets new standards for decentralized motion controlACOPOSmotor sets new standards for decentralized motion control

With the ACOPOSmotor, B&R combines a servo motor and drive in one compact unit. Safety technology can also be integrated as an option. This gives developers more freedom when designing a machine and can save valuable space in the control cabinet.The ACOPOSmotor is connected to the drive network (more...)

X20 controllers and modules handle all environmental conditionsX20 controllers and modules handle all environmental conditions

With the X20c series, B&R is setting new standards for protection against harsh environmental conditions. The "coated" variants of the compact controller and I/O modules are protected against condensation and corrosive gases by a special coating on the electronics module. This makes (more...)

B&R announces the opening of its Northern OfficeB&R announces the opening of its Northern Office

In answer to increasing levels of business in the North of England and Scotland, B&R are pleased to announce the opening of new offices in Manchester. Managed by Andrew Norcliffe, the office already employs three application engineers including a dedicated B&R Technology Trainer."The (more...)

Datalogic and B&R jointly develop machine vision productsDatalogic and B&R jointly develop machine vision products

Datalogic and B&R have announced a partnership aimed at developing cutting-edge products for the machine vision industry. The partnership between these two industrial automation leaders leverages the Automation PC 910 from B&R for Datalogic's next generation of vision processors, the UX (more...)

B&R presents new temperature and power measurement modulesB&R presents new temperature and power measurement modules

B&R is extending the X20 I/O system to include 2 additional modules: A temperature measurement module with 4-wire resistance measurement and an energy measurement module with 4 current inputs for connecting external transformers with a 333 mV output.Up to 4 platinum PT100 temperature sensors (more...)

Open communication for Industry 4.0Open communication for Industry 4.0

B&R continues to advance the integration of OPC UA in the B&R Automation Studio development software. With POWERLINK, openSAFETY and OPC UA, B&R offers its customers the perfect tools to meet the high demands of Industry 4.0.Automation Studio supports OPC UA clients and servers directly (more...)

B&R adds HART modules to the X20 I/O seriesB&R adds HART modules to the X20 I/O series

B&R now includes an analogue HART input module and a HART output module in its series of X20 communication modules. These new modules are equipped with two inputs and outputs and use real-time Ethernet POWERLINK to transfer HART data supplied by sensors and actuators directly to the controller. (more...)

B&R introduces premium IP65-rated helical gearboxesB&R introduces premium IP65-rated helical gearboxes

B&R is adding two new helical members to its premium family of gearboxes: the 8GP70 series with a shaft output and the 8GF70 series with a drive flange. These new products series offer excellent synchronization characteristics and a very low noise level at high speeds.As with all B&R premium (more...)

B&R's reACTION technology takes packaging to an entirely new levelB&R's reACTION technology takes packaging to an entirely new level

With reACTION technology, B&R is able to reduce response times in industrial automation applications down to 1 µs. This new approach allows extremely time-critical subprocesses to be managed using standard hardware - all within the requirements of IEC 61131 - while cutting costs by (more...)

X20 modules with increased component densityX20 modules with increased component density

With two new X20-series modules, B&R continues on the path of miniaturization. The X20DO8323 offers 8 push/pull outputs in the X20 form factor, and the X20DO6639 is a 6x relay module for 30 VDC or 230 VAC.The digital outputs on the DO8323 are electrically isolated and can be wired as high-side, (more...)

Panel PC 900 with multi-touch: The new flagship system from B&RPanel PC 900 with multi-touch: The new flagship system from B&R

By taking advantage of state-of-the-art processors - up to and including Intel Core i7 technology - the new Panel PC 900 with multi-touch functionality offers the absolute highest level of total computing power. Combining new display sizes with multi-touch operation, B&R's new flagship (more...)

B&R presents the Panel PC 2100 with the latest Intel Atom technologyB&R presents the Panel PC 2100 with the latest Intel Atom technology

The new Panel PC 2100 from B&R is a full-fledged PC system whose exceptional performance is concealed by its ultra-compact housing. The innovative design of this new system takes advantage of the latest Intel Atom technology and represents a decisive advancement in the performance of embedded (more...)

Taking packaging to a whole new levelTaking packaging to a whole new level

B&R continues to push packaging machine performance to its physical limits. With reACTION and NetTime technology, B&R has reduced response times in industrial automation applications down to 1 µs, allowing extremely time-critical subprocesses to be managed using standard hardware (more...)

New Automation Panels in 4:3 formatNew Automation Panels in 4:3 format

In addition to widescreen panels, B&R is now offering second generation Automation Panel displays in conventional 4:3 format with single-touch operation. For customers, this mean 100% compatibility with existing systems without having to sacrifice modern features such as LED backlighting.Since (more...)

A new philosophy for scalabilityA new philosophy for scalability

With Scalability+, B&R is establishing a new philosophy for scalability. This new approach opens up entirely new dimensions for machine builders, making it possible to perfectly tailor an automation solution directly to the needs of a specific machine. It allows you to select a hardware and (more...)

B&R at Drives and Controls 2014B&R at Drives and Controls 2014

Two main topics are on the B&R agenda this year are maximising scalability and minimising response time. With Scalability+, B&R is establishing a new philosophy for scalability. This new approach opens up entirely new dimensions for machine builders, making it possible to perfectly tailor an (more...)

Automation Studio 4 integrated with Team Foundation ServerAutomation Studio 4 integrated with Team Foundation Server

The integration of the Team Foundation Server platform into B&R's Automation Studio software development environment makes it easier than ever to versionize individual software components and ensure adherence to defined sequences. Essential for structured development within a team, a source (more...)

Numeric range of functions expanded in SafeDESIGNER 3.1Numeric range of functions expanded in SafeDESIGNER 3.1

The latest version of B&R's SafeDESIGNER tool now makes it possible to process and compare safe INT and DINT signals in addition to linking them mathematically to basic arithmetic operations. Safety-oriented function blocks are also available for converting INT and DINT values in either (more...)

Deconstructing machine modularityDeconstructing machine modularity

If modularity in machine manufacturing is carried through to its logical conclusion, inverters also need to leave the control cabinet and migrate to where the action takes place. This allows configurable modules to become easily connected mechatronic devices. We talk to the experts at B&R (more...)

Integration for small machine applicationsIntegration for small machine applications

SafeLOGIC-X from B&R Automation now brings all the advantages of integrated safety technology to small, cost-sensitive applications as well. This solution covers it all - from safe I/O and drive technology to integrated diagnostics, safe line integration and safe machine options. The (more...)

Entire range of B&R safety products satisfies all EN 50156 requirementsEntire range of B&R safety products satisfies all EN 50156 requirements

TÜV Süd, one of the world's leading technical service organizations, has recently confirmed that the entire range of B&R X20 safety I/O modules and controllers satisfies all of the requirements of EN 50156 "Electrical equipment for furnaces and ancillary equipment". This (more...)

Keypad module with E-stop makes decentralized machine operation easy and safeKeypad module with E-stop makes decentralized machine operation easy and safe

B&R's illuminated ring keypad modules with IP65 protection are designed for installation directly on the machine. First introduced in early 2012, the latest addition to this series is a model that includes an integrated E-stop button. With both the button and the electronics integrated in a (more...)

Hardware configuration has never been so easyHardware configuration has never been so easy

With copy and paste capability and photorealistic software views, System Designer in B&R's Automation Studio streamlines and simplifies your hardware configuration.Traditionally, a system's hardware configuration is set up and maintained in a tree structure, where each component must be (more...)

Compact drives with option board and heat sinkCompact drives with option board and heat sink

B&R has made some new additions to its ACOPOSmicro line of compact dual-axis drives. In addition to the drives available with a resolver and EnDat 2.2 and LinMot encoder interfaces, the ACOPOSmicro Servo now also features a convenient option board. In addition to the two trigger inputs and the (more...)

Servo drive with BiSS interfaceServo drive with BiSS interface

Being able to read signals from a large number of different position encoders is nothing new to the B&R ACOPOSmulti drive family. Now, this already extensive range of products is once again being expanded to include a brand new member: an interface card for BiSS encoders. This new addition (more...)

Driving a revolution in injection moulding

Upgrading to B&R servo technology and Powerlink communication has helped Woojin optimise the speed and precision of three different lines of injection moulding machines. "The key to injection moulding is to maximize both speed and precision without sacrificing either," states Injun (more...)

Temperature range for B&R I/O modules considerably increasedTemperature range for B&R I/O modules considerably increased

B&R has considerably increased the temperature range of their X20 and X67 control and I/O systems. This is made possible by the special industrial temperature electronic components installed in the modules. Both the X20 modules with IP20 protection and the X67 modules with IP67 protection (more...)

Efficient integration of software development toolsEfficient integration of software development tools

The lines separating mechanical, electrical and software engineering are becoming increasingly blurred. Clearly, the development tools used in these fields need to work as closely together as the engineers themselves. B&R and EPLAN are taking a proactive role in shaping this trend by developing (more...)

Posital POWERLINK encoders for cost-effective migrationPosital POWERLINK encoders for cost-effective migration

With redesigned POWERLINK rotary encoders based on an FPGA design, POSITAL offers users a cost-efficient way to perform migration from CANopen to the Ethernet-based successor standard. Mounting depth of the new generation of encoders was greatly reduced. All outer dimensions are now identical to (more...)

B&R launches new website

The same address, but a new look: B&R has completely revamped their company website at www.br-automation.com. The website uses the latest web technologies, ensuring that it looks good while making it easier to access an extensive library of information regarding technologies, solutions and (more...)

A revolution in wind turbine safetyA revolution in wind turbine safety

Progressive safety solutions have been developed give wind turbine manufacturers all the tools they need to meet today's stringent safety demands, as Peter Kronberger of B&R Automation explains.Wind farms are an increasingly common landscape element in many regions. For good reason, too. (more...)

New box PC with third generation Intel Core i processorNew box PC with third generation Intel Core i processor

Robust and reliable with long-term availability - these are the distinguishing characteristics provided by B&R's new box PC, the Automation PC 910. The newest third generation Intel Core i technology is at the heart of this powerful industrial PC. Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs with up to (more...)

Proving that safety need not compromise flexibilityProving that safety need not compromise flexibility

Nestlé has chosen openSAFETY as its safety standard for packaging machines. Here we discuss the design decision, and look at some of the solutions available for the implementation of openSAFETY networks.On the one hand, large international companies such as Nestlé rely on a flexible (more...)

Sustained growth for POWERLINK communitySustained growth for POWERLINK community

Danfoss, Getriebebau Nord, Indel, Infranor, Sick, Softing, Texas Instruments and the robot manufacturers Comau and Sepro have driven another growth spurt of the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardisation Group member list. Over the past few weeks, no less than nine companies joined the POWERLINK and (more...)

Putting intuitive operation right where you need itPutting intuitive operation right where you need it

Ergonomic design and robust construction for tough industrial environments - the new B&R keypad module with integrated illuminated ring keys perfectly combines these characteristics. With the compact dimensions of a mobile phone and IP65 washdown protection, this new control device can be used (more...)

B&R and Baumüller establish long-term framework supply contractB&R and Baumüller establish long-term framework supply contract

On May 21st, Baumüller and B&R signed a framework contract to solidify the cooperation established by Hans Wimmer and Peter Schuch from B&R and Norbert Scholz and Ralf Dietrich from Baumüller. Customers will now profit from the combined expertise of the two system suppliers. In the (more...)

Condition monitoring for allCondition monitoring for all

Preventative maintenance based on data from permanent condition monitoring is frequently discussed but rarely practiced due to the high cost. But a new module from B&R could change all that, and could possibly lead to condition monitoring becoming standard on every machine.When managers are (more...)

Smart engineeringSmart engineering

With Automation Studio 4, B&R has set a new standard in 'smart engineering', combining useful automated functions, functionally equivalent architecture models and collaboration tools with the convenience of object-oriented programming.When it comes to automation system development, software (more...)

Developing with B&R Automation Studio and EPLAN Electric P8Developing with B&R Automation Studio and EPLAN Electric P8

The lines separating mechanical, electrical and software engineering are becoming increasingly blurred. Clearly, the development tools used in these fields need to work as closely together as the engineers themselves. B&R and EPLAN are taking a proactive role in shaping this trend by developing (more...)

Evolving ergonomics with multi-touch technologyEvolving ergonomics with multi-touch technology

In the area of consumer electronics, multi-touch has not only changed the ergonomics of devices, it has changed user habits as well. In industrial automation, this technology has the potential to make machine operation more intuitive, faster and safer - in essence, to bring about a revolution in (more...)

Smart Safe Reaction with openSAFETY for ProfinetSmart Safe Reaction with openSAFETY for Profinet

Now that B&R's SafeLOGIC safety controller is available for Profinet networks, Smart Safe Reaction technology can be quickly and easily integrated into Profinet automation applications.Based on openSAFETY, B&R's Smart Safe Reaction product set is the only integrated safety system that can (more...)

X20 System certified for maritime useX20 System certified for maritime use

After extensive testing by the certification institute Germanischer Lloyd (GL), the B&R X20 System has achieved the coveted seal of quality for maritime applications. All of the X20 modules tested - CPUs, I/O modules and bus controllers - proved they have what it takes to meet the high demands (more...)

Motors and inverters merge in servo actuatorsMotors and inverters merge in servo actuators

B&R is expanding its line of drives with a series of motor-integrated servo drives with IP65 protection. The ACOPOSmulti has always been extremely modular, and it was the next logical step to merge inverters with the motor to create servo actuators that can deliver power directly where it is (more...)

Compact servos shorter, lighter and more dynamicCompact servos shorter, lighter and more dynamic

B&R Automation has expanded its 8LV servo motor series to include additional high performance products, suited to tasks that place high demands on dynamics when limited space is available.With the motto 'Highest power density in the smallest installation space' in mind, all mechanical and (more...)

High potential for energy savings with servo drivesHigh potential for energy savings with servo drives

B&R Automation argues that the sum of individual measures can add up to the potential for significant energy savings.Because of increased environmental aware-ness and to take advantage of new business opportunities, more and more machine and system manufacturers are choosing to implement (more...)

Advanced system diagnostics onlineAdvanced system diagnostics online

With the latest version of the System Diagnostics Manager (SDM), B&R has added a range of powerful new diagnostic functions to the portfolio. The user profits not just from being able to access information about system hardware and software from anywhere in the world, but also from ready-made (more...)

Panels as powerful as an industrial PCPanels as powerful as an industrial PC

The new Power Panel 500 generation, which is equipped with Intel Atom Z510, Z520 and Z530 processors, handles the performance range that was previously reserved for industrial PCs. With a modern Intel Atom architecture, users profit from a unique combination of low power dissipation and top (more...)

Maximum performance at an attractive priceMaximum performance at an attractive price

A new CPU board with an Intel Core2 Duo P8400 processor now provides an even more powerful platform for Automation PC 810 and Panel PC 800 devices. The combination of the 2.26 GHz Core2 Duo processor and the GM45 chipset provides the highest levels of performance at an extremely attractive price, (more...)

ACOPOSmulti modules now up to 120kW

B&R has expanded its line of ACOPOSmulti drive system components and so entered the next 'weight class'. Customers now have inverters and power supply modules with maximum rated current values up to 165A available to them. The modules are offered for cold plate and feed-through mounting and also (more...)

Open-source solution for bus-independent safetyOpen-source solution for bus-independent safety

The real-time safety communication protocol openSAFETY lays the foundations for the first completely open, bus-independent safety standard for all Industrial Ethernet solutions and fieldbuses. We outline how the solution launched by the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardisation Group can serve the (more...)

A uniform safety standard for any industrial EthernetA uniform safety standard for any industrial Ethernet

The fieldbus-independent openSAFETY protocol was tested according to IEC 61784-3 FSCP 13 and approved by national IEC committees representing 27 countries including China, USA and Germany, and is therefore released for international standardization. Because openSAFETY is bus independent, it can be (more...)

Panel PC is compact and powerfulPanel PC is compact and powerful

With the new Panel PC 725, B&R offers a cost-optimized solution for use directly on the machine. Installation on a support arm system permits a flexible mounting position and ergonomic operation, even in tight spaces. With IP65 protection from all sides, the housing holds up well in harsh (more...)

The most powerful motor on the marketThe most powerful motor on the market

With 25% more torque and 30% less power loss, stepper motors from the 80MPF series from B&R Automation are ideally suited for applications with high clock rates. The 60 mm 80MPF, 56 mm 80MPD and 86 mm 80MPH motors are among the most powerful stepper motors on the market in regard to holding (more...)

IP69K - Highly robust and suitable for hygienic applicationsIP69K - Highly robust and suitable for hygienic applications

B&R's IP69K operating units have an ultra-modern surface design and stand up extremely well to frequent cleaning, making them an industry standard for reliable automation devices in harsh industrial environments. From visualization terminals with modular interface cards to Power Panels with (more...)

A uniform safety standardA uniform safety standard

openSAFETY over Modbus TCP, openSAFETY over SERCOS III, openSAFETY over EtherNet/IP and openSAFETY over POWERLINK - with openSAFETY, the EPSG offers the first uniform safety standard for all Industrial Ethernet solutions.For a long time now, claims the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (more...)

Stainless steel housing stands up to tough industrial environmentsStainless steel housing stands up to tough industrial environments

Equipped with a robust stainless steel housing and 19" display, the new IP65 Automation Panel 920 provides true ease of operation with a high degree of reliability, even under the toughest operating conditions. The one-of-a-kind sleek design made of robust, environmentally-friendly materials (more...)

PC performance scaled to the requirements of any applicationPC performance scaled to the requirements of any application

The new Panel PC 800 covers a wide performance range from energy efficient Intel Atom N270 processors to Core2 Duo processors for applications with the highest performance requirements. Brilliant 15" XGA and 19" SXGA touch screen displays provide a simple and intuitive user interface.Based (more...)

The drive solution for low power applicationsThe drive solution for low power applications

In addition to controlling stepper motors, the new variation of ACOPOSmicro from B&R now also offers support for servo motors. This new addition to the ACOPOSmicro product family allows users to integrate different drive types for the first time. The flexible drive architecture enables a (more...)

B&R receives Intel award

B&R has been awarded a prize from Intel honouring two decades of technological partnership between the two companies. For 20 years now, B&R has been using exclusively Intel processors in all of its industrial PCs.The cooperation with Intel began in 1989, when B&R decided to add (more...)

Cooperation between B&R and WonderwareCooperation between B&R and Wonderware

With its participation in the "Powered by Wonderware" program, B&R has expanded its options in the field of visualization software. The automation supplier will now be offering Windows CE based HMI devices, such as the powerful Power Panel PP320 and the two Panel PCs PPC300 and PPC700, (more...)

Powerful stepper motorsPowerful stepper motors

B&R is expanding its range of products to include additional high-performance standard devices for the automation industry - with five new 86mm flange stepper motors (NEMA 34) that have holding torque values ranging from 4.0 to 13.6Nm. The design and control enables high-precision and (more...)

UL certification for over 100 new B&R productsUL certification for over 100 new B&R products

B&R reports that more than 100 new components have been through a strict safety inspection for UL certification. The numerous stress tests include temperature and high voltage tests, among other tests. Also, simulation of technical defects on components is part of the main requirements during UL (more...)

Diagnose your system from any location via a web browserDiagnose your system from any location via a web browser

The new System Diagnostics Manager from B&R offers users a wide range of diagnostics options. Based on the B&R real-time operating system, the new tool allows seamless system diagnostics from any location using any web browser (Intranet or Internet). User-specific diagnostics tools for (more...)

Technology update: Open source in automation

How should we regard open source in machine manufacturing? Our friends at B&R Industrial Automation spoke to Dr Carsten Emde, managing director of OSADL, on this very subject, with the article printed in full in the May 2009 issue of Industrial Technology.Why not register to receive your own (more...)

B&R puts a PC in a driveB&R puts a PC in a drive

B&R says machine manufacturers use ACOPOSmulti units to achieve maximum performance in minimum space, which in turn means a decisive cost advantage. Now the APC820 integrates the highest level of PC performance into ACOPOSmulti. This allows the user to save even more space in the switching (more...)

B&R UK opens Southern office

B and R has opened a second UK office as part of its continuous expansion program. Based in Hampshire, it is ideally placed to serve machine builders in the South of England. (more...)

B&R moves into inverter marketB&R moves into inverter market

B&R Industrial Automation has expanded its drive technology product spectrum to include frequency inverters. The range covers 0.18 to 500kW, to cover all demands of machine manufacturing. Complementing its APCOS range of servo controllers, B&R says the new inverters mean the company is now (more...)

Bus controllers for CANopen and PowerlinkBus controllers for CANopen and Powerlink

CANopen has become one of the leading I/O profile standards in the automation industry. Originally designed solely for CAN, it can now also be found in other forms. Particularly in combination with Powerlink, it expands into the high-performance realm with real-time Ethernet. Now new bus controllers (more...)

Compact drive for stepper motor controlCompact drive for stepper motor control

Complex CNC applications, according to B&R Automation, are increasingly implementing stepper motor technology. In addition, more and more pneumatic systems are being replaced by electrical drives. ACOPOSmicro - an extremely compact drive for operating stepper and servo motors in the lower (more...)
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