High-speed precision of open and closed loop control for machines and systems – at an attractive price. B&R eliminates this seeming contradiction with the high degree of scalability of their control systems. This makes it possible for B&R to cover all requirements with a single platform – from the smallest controllers all the way up to CNC, robotics and process control applications. What’s more, this platform can be programmed and configured – regardless of the hardware being used – with Automation Studio. This compatibility reduces development costs while at the same time protecting investments made throughout the entire life cycle of the machine.
With a performance range reaching all the way to Intel® Atom™ CPUs, the X20 System can handle all tasks large or small. This system is extremely compact and highly modular as a result of its unique “slice” system. Perfectly integrated fieldbus connections provide the highest degree of freedom for decentralized machine and system concepts.
B&R presents its new Compact-Sfamily of controllers within the X20 system. The new controllers combine 2 previously conflicting characteristics: They are both powerful and compact. Customers can choose between 5 different variants to get the product that best meets the requirements of the machine – technically and economically. As standard, the new controllers are equipped with USB, POWERLINK and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and are fully compatible with all other X20 controllers. The most powerful version of the Compact-S controllers achieves cycle times down to 400 µs and has 256 MB of RAM and 2 GB of internal flash memory.
PLC, motion control, and visualization all in one device. This is what sets the Power Panel product family apart. This range of performance, which includes Intel® Atom™ technology, can cover even the most complex robotics and CNC applications. Operator panels with a wide range of display sizes, touch screens and/or keypads are available. Compact and intelligent Power Panel devices are the first choice for automating small to mid-sized machines and systems with maximum component density.
PC-based controllers use industrial PCs from B&R as their hardware platform. Box PCs or Panel PCs are the main options here.
All automation components – the controller, HMI, drives and safety technology – are developed using a single engineering platform. Because this software is hardware-independent, it is possible to change out the hardware at any time. The automation software offers additional features that go beyond the development process. These features allow simulation of the application software during engineering and reduce the amount of time needed for commissioning. To round it off, B&R also offers integrated, web-based diagnostics.
B&R’s redundant control system concept ensures maximum availability for entire systems as well as individual machines. Master redundancy with POWERLINK synchronizes data with microsecond precision and can be switched over in a matter of milliseconds. This functionality is seamlessly integrated in the real-time operating system and extremely easy to use.