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The B&R technology magazine

2014.05

Coverstory

Ultrafast automation
Performance boost without additional costs – reACTION Technology reduces response times to 1 μs using standard hardware. More...

News

Fast, fanless and flexible
State-of-the-art processors give new Panel PC 900 maximum performance, multi-touch displays and new sizes make flagship system more versatile than ever. More...

Span up to 100 meters with Smart Display Link 3
 
Operating an HMI panel up to 100 meters away from a PC is no longer a problem thanks to Smart Display Link 3 from B&R. More...

openSAFETY for embedded systems
Add integrated safety technology to any embedded control solution with openSAFETY and POWERLINK. More...

Record: 23.000 downloads of POWERLINK stack
Open source strategy thrives in industrial environments. More...

Automation Studio 4 integrated with Team Foundation Server
 
B&R integrates Team Foundation Server in Automation Studio to provide source control essential to team development. More...

B&R Germany under new leadership
 
Markus Sandhöfner takes over as general manager. More...

Report

Intelligent cameras with an eye for detail
LIBA skillfully overcomes textile industry challenges with Cognex cameras featuring an integrated POWERLINK interface. More...

Technology to protect the world’s oceans
 
Ship control systems ensure efficient, safe and environmentally friendly operation, S-two relies on robust B&R automation to build them. More...

Installed, switched on and ready to go
B&R continues its revolution of I/O control and safety systems with state-of-the-art X20 assembly line built in cooperation with Stranger. More...

Lower TCO for more competitive machines
 
perfact::mpa provides machine builders and operators secure and reliable remote access for centralized monitoring and maintenance. More...

Good things come in right-sized packages
 
Using B&R technology, Packsize provides custom-fit packaging potentially saving hundreds of squares miles of forest each year. More...

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2014.05 Special Edition - Change Packaging

Technology

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the motor
 
B&R's ACOPOSmotor is the only servo drive on the market that doesn't require derating and can handle an entire machine module on its own. More...

A turn for the better
POWERLINK is particularly immune to electromagnetic interference typically encountered when transmitting large volumes of data via slip rings. More...

Interview

Do you speak PackML?
 
Standardized machine language allows machines, operators and higher-level systems to communicate with unprecedented clarity. More...

Pushing packaging to new levels
Fundamental challenges compounded by emerging trends are prompting a paradigm shift in packaging automation. More...

Report

Far greater than the sum of its parts
Integrated software modules and fully scalable hardware from B&R help Mediseal build custom machines without unnecessary redevelopment. More...

Speed baking with POWERLINK
Fully automated De La Ballina baking line processes 18,000 baguettes per hour. More...

Salad made simple
 
Pro Pack Systems takes unique robotics approach with RoboLoader, made possible by B&R's fully scalable portfolio. More...

Modular efficiency – Integrated performance
 
GEA builds exceptionally efficient machines with minimal development overhead thanks to B&R's fully scalable portfolio. More...

Modularity: The lead time killer
Virtually zero time is spent on programming during construction and commissioning of a Seidenader CS-series inspection machine. More...

News

New generation of robotic hand
Research team Poitiers University develops new robotic hand with 16 joints and 16 motors able to perform complex human-like movements. More...

Real solutions in action
Automation up close: 1,000 bottles per minute and other records. More...

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2013.11

Cover story

The taming of the robot
Using TÜV-certified function blocks, B&R has now boosted robot safety to a level that allows them to leave the isolation of their cells and work hand-in-hand with humans. More...

Technology

Ultrafast automation with reACTION technology
 
With reACTION technology, B&R is able to reduce cycle times in industrial automation down to 1 µs. More...

Boosting the sustainability of linear movements
Tubular linear motors are a more efficient alternative to pneumatically driven movements. In some cases, they can reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by over 90 percent. More...

Limitless communication
 
When it comes to managing communication from the process level all the way up to the enterprise level, B&R relies on OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA). This ensures access to data and programs regardless of the platform being used. More...

Reports

The actors below
The understage technology at the Kursaal center in Bern is one of Biko’s most prestigious installations to date. When it comes to control, Biko relies on products from B&R. More...

High-performance thermal cutting of metals
Thermal cutting technology is judged by the quality of the resulting cuts. With its machines featuring state-of-the-art control systems developed with B&R, Vanad achieves exceptional quality. More...

A grinder designed with the future in mind
ELB-Schliff has expanded the modular design of its machines to include their electrical, software and safety components. The new architecture is built on hardware and software from B&R. More...

Unshakable high-speed take-out robot
 
The robots that remove finished parts from injection molding machines must work astonishingly fast. The high speed of these movements makes it especially challenging to guarantee positioning precision, stability and operator safety. More...

Premium-grade PET recycling
 
Thermoplastics lend themselves well to efficient recycling. Starlinger viscotec develops high-end machines that convert the material into packaging film – with control technology from B&R. More...

A well-designed grind
The machining industry demands cutting and grinding tools that balance precision, speed and flexibility. These goals leave room for only the best components. More...

How to wind up on top
 
Switching to the latest hardware and software from B&R has helped METEOR break into new markets and become one of Europe's largest manufacturers of precision winding machines. More...

Let it flow
 
Having pioneered abrasive waterjet technology in the 1980s, Flow International Corporation was quick to recognize the significance of continuous innovation and impeccable quality. More...

Efficiently combining energy sources
 
HVAC control systems have undergone significant changes in the name of energy savings. REVOS stays on top of these trends by drawing on B&R's expertise. More...

Pharma-suitable packaging
Swiss specialist Dividella covers the stringent technical requirements for pharmaceutical packaging with its versatile NeoTOP 804, featuring fully integrated automation technology from B&R. More...

News

Compact X20 controllers with integrated I/O
The new compact CPUs are offered in various types with different levels of performance and features. More...

B&R expanding the successful Power Panel HMI family
Two new series have been added to the successful range of HMI products. More...

APROL ensures high availability at all levels
APROL allows redundant systems to be constructed at four levels. More...

New premium hollow shaft angular gearbox from B&R
B&R has added angular planetary gearboxes to its selection. More...

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2013.09

Cover story

Cast from a single mold
To optimize the production of plastics, efficiency has to be increased across the board. This means including media supply and the entire plant infrastructure in the equation. More...

Technology

Efficiency is a matter of perspective
Companies should take advantage of the large potential for savings in energy intensive production processes. Not every analytical tool is created equal, however. More...

"Plastics processing demands highly responsive automation"
 
B&R plastics industry specialist Thomas Rienessl talks about groundbreaking advancements in plastics manufacturing and the high demands on automation solutions. More...

Faster and more efficient with robots
Cooperation between machinery and robotics is time-critical and demands seamless integration. B&R incorporates robotics seamlessly into the world of automation. More...

That multi-touch feeling
 
Multi-touch panels make machines and systems faster, safer and more intuitive to operate. Find out how revolutionary the possibilities for visualization and operation can be. More...

Reports

Variable speed hydraulic drive
 
Woojin and B&R have teamed up to develop the latest in cutting-edge injection molding technology. More...

Growth spurt fueled by automated processes
B&R's full spectrum of hardware and software from a single source, allows Ettlinger to focus its full attention on designing its machines. More...

Plastics processing goes green
 
Producing plastic products by melting and injecting material into a preformed mold requires minimal finishing allows scraps to be melted for reuse. More...

High-profile extruder control
Powerful and reliable B&R-technology allowed Hans Weber Maschinenfabrik GmbH to develop a whole new generation of machine controllers. More...

Injection molding from the ground up
 
In the field of injection molding, it is becoming increasingly vital that machinery manufacturers differentiate themselves with innovative and efficient designs. More...

The cutting edge of cutting technology
 
Numerous technology patents have established SICA as a trusted name in the cutting machines market. More...

Molding success, company by company
 
Hydraulic, electric or hybrid injection molding? SACMI and B&R shed light on this decision. More...

Revolutionary molding technology
 
Ultrasion has developed a new technology to produce plastic parts from raw material melted by ultrasonic waves. More...

Very efficient, very quiet
 
By switching to a servo-hydraulic drive solution, machine manufacturer Maplan was able to reduce the energy consumption of its drives by 70%. More...

Injection-compression with maximum precision
 
The fully electric direct-driven MOLDPRO injection molding machine from SINGULUS opens up extraordinary possibilities to manufacture extremely thin plastic substrates. More...

Flexible real-time robotics control with POWERLINK
 
The VISUAL2 control platform from injection molding specialist SEPRO is able to provide optimal control performance and accuracy for robots of any size and payload. More...

The pursuit of the perfect solution
 
Windsor and B&R are united by a shared aspiration for perfect solutions based on cutting-edge technology. More...

Fast, efficient and sustainable: Fully electric injection molding machines
 
Welltec is a technological leader in China. Together with B&R, the focus is on maximum production efficiency and premium product quality. More...

On the right track
 
Brazilian plastics machine builder ROMI has implemented a continuous energy analysis tool inside its machine control solution. More...

Perfect bottle production
 
In cooperation with B&R, the Chinese manufacturer Hangzhou Zhongya has developed a fully automated one-step stretch blow molding machine. More...

The art of extrusion
 
Plastic profiles often serve a robust alternative to glass. KET has made it at the forefront of plastic processing technology. More...

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2013.06

Cover story

The virtual safety solution
SafeLOGIC-X from B&R allows integrated safety for small applications – with a solution that is surprisingly simple More...

Technology

Software: Copy & Paste – Hardware configuration has never been this easy
Quickly and easily set up hardware configurations using the copy-and-paste functionality in B&R's new System Designer More...

Interview: "Open systems are better equipped for the future"
 
Franz Kaufleitner from B&R explains some of the benefits the Safety Alliance provides in the area of functional safety technology More...

Industrial communication: The 4th Industrial Revolution needs POWERLINK and openSAFETY
Industry 4.0. requires decentralized control and drive technology as well as fail-safe communication systems More...

Image processing: Automation with vision
 
The new In-Sight 7000 series from Cognex now supports the deterministic Ethernet POWERLINK protocol More...

Reports

Robotics: Flexible and future-proof with an off-the-shelf solution
 
By using POWERLINK, isel nearly doubled machine throughput while keeping dead time to a minimum More...

Infrastructure: The hole is greater than the sum of its parts
Tunnel systems from Dürr rely on B&R Automation PCs and X20 controllers More...

University: Maximizing mechatronics
 
An automatic car wash simulation for students under the name "Bucky Car Wash" – made possible by B&R technology More...

Metal: Fast and flexible production of bent wire components
With B&R technology, frame production throughput has been reduced to an amazing 1.4 seconds at Wöhler Bohemia More...

Infrastructure: Automation PCs on the streets of the world
 
For their tollway systems, Kapsch TrafficCom relies on robust, high-performance industrial technology such as B&R Automation PCs More...

News

Automation Studio 4 now available
A new software generation delivers "Smart Engineering" More...

B&R testing laboratory accredited by Austrian federal ministry
Testing during development increases product quality More...

A new seal of quality for B&R drive technology
ControlEng singles out service-oriented companies More...

Record number of participants at the B&R User Meeting in Salzburg
Workshops and a company exhibition stimulate interactive communication More...

Temperature range for B&R I/O modules and control systems considerably increased
X20 and X67 modules
function reliably at temperatures ranging from -25 to +60°C More...

B&R opens Automation Academy in Italy
Extensive training opportunities at the international level More...

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2013.03

Cover story

The power is in your hands
 
With APROL EnMon, B&R's out-of-the-box energy management solution More...

Technology

Stimulus for growth in the wood industry
 
"Making more out of wood": B&R presents its latest technology and solutions at Ligna More...

Mobile automation goes modular
B&R offers a combination of general automation expertise and specific experience in the area of mobile applications More...

POWERLINK – Bringing vision to automation
Vision systems and automation solutions create new opportunities for machine manufacturers More...

POWERLINK at the pulse of the print industry
The combination of cross traffic capabilities, slave multiplexing and the freedom to put together any topology make it an ideal communication standard for print media production More...

Swift & steady
Anti-sway systems were complex and expensive – unitl Automation Studio came along More...

Reports

APROL – For stepwise migration
When CHT/BEZEMA migrated its systems, B&R's process control system was there every step of the way More...

Electronics that stand up to trial by fire
Global leader in fire fighting equipment Rosenbauer relies on B&R's expertise More...

Keeping bread fresh with POWERLINK and Linux
 
French packaging specialist De la Ballina pleased with POWERLINK network protocol More...

Putting some swing in your drinking experience
 
Upgrading its entire automation solution to B&R technology helped AMS develop its new line filler in record time More...

The new "black gold"
LIBA has developed a new method to significantly reduce the cost of producing carbon fiber fabric More...

Windows of opportunity
Dubus' modular machine design allows processing of wide range of materials More...

News

kk-electronic and B&R in retrofit cooperation
Danish wind power controller specialist teams up with B&R to breathe new life into aging turbines More...

B&R at the 2013 Hanover Trade Show
Innovative solutions for automation technology More...

B&R at bauma 2013 in Munich
Modular automation for construction machinery More...

An anniversary celebration at B&R Switzerland
25 years of trust in automation specialists at B&R More...

B&R China User Meeting in Shanghai was a huge success
B&R demonstrates flexibility and innovative prowess More...

Efficient integration of development tools
 
Perfect interaction – Automation Studio 4 and EPLAN Electric P8 More...

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