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X20 System modules have been operated reliably for many years on several thousand onshore and offshore installations. These devices can handle difficult environmental conditions, such as large differences in temperature, continuous vibrations and salty air. To meet demands for increased availability, the various options for redundancy within the system have proven to be very effective.

The product portfolio and various remote access options for integrated Safety technology enables efficient implementation of safety circuits, for example in accordance with GL 2010 and GL 2012 guidelines.

For Azimuth adjustment, the B&R motion control product range offers torque control for reducing wear on mechanical components as well as concepts for implementing redundancy to ensure operation – even if individual motors fail.

Because of the use of open standards, it is easy to connect other systems as needed.

The highly efficient development tool is used to configure the system. This tool makes it possible to work in large, distributed teams with assignments for different roles and also provides protection of intellectual property.

Interfaces are available for additional tools, such as electrical configuration and simulation tools or automatic generation of code from MATLAB/Simulink or MapleSim.

B&R has the perfect solution for...

Robust control platform

B&R's proven X20 system is characterized by the fact that it can be adapted to any application due to its thinness, modularity and flexibility.

Huge product portfolio, all fieldbus systems

More than 250 different X20 modules allow use in any conceivable application. Interfaces to all the relevant fieldbus systems are available for integrating and connecting the X20 system with various sensors, systems, etc.

Approved for maritime use and an extended temperature range

Nearly all standard system components are certified for maritime applications. This permits their use on ships or offshore and is a seal of quality for the products due to the strict testing that must be carried out. The X20 system offers, with only a few exceptions, a continuous operating temperature range from -25 to +60°C.

Heavy duty construction

In addition to products with IP20 protection, there is also a coated version of the system available that can withstand up to 100% humidity and corrosive gases as well as the X67 system for applications that require IP67 protection.

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Increased availability through redundancy is a fundamental building block of energy technology. With its flexible product portfolio, B&R offers an efficient solution that can meet all demands.

  • Server redundancy on B&R's APROL process control system
  • Runtime Server
  • Operator stations
  • Hot / standby server redundancy
  • Standard X20 controllers
  • Extremely fast switchover times down to under a millisecond
  • Bumpless changeover
  • Network redundancy
  • Various fieldbus systems are available
  • Media and cable redundancy
  • Ring redundancy
  • Supply redundancy
  • Redundant 24 V power supply modules
  • Redundant power supplies
Groundbreaking safety technology

The B&R safety system provides a clear technological advantage with the highest level of safety and allows intelligent safety concepts to be implemented that would otherwise not be possible. The safety system is completely integrated into the standard (non-safety) control system and fully transparent.

Simple programming

Safety applications are created with pre-certified function blocks using a safe, integrated development tool. FBD and Structured Text programming languages are available for this purpose. In addition, there will also be the opportunity to create function blocks independently, for example in ANSI-C.

Remote maintenance and acknowledgment

An open interface for remote acknowledgment of errors and service scenarios is also available in addition to a remote update function for the safety application.

Comprehensive product portfolio

Various functions and different variants exist that can be used for all types of applications: IP20, IP20 coated or IP67 protection available:

  • Digital inputs
  • Digital outputs (0.5 A, 2 A and 10 A)
  • Relay outputs
  • Switching potential groups
  • Counter module detecting pulses
  • Analog inputs
  • Temperature inputs (PT100/1000 and temperature sensors)
Integrated Motion Control

As an expert in drive technology, B&R offers a very wide range of drive units: From compact, single-axis, multi-axis or motor-mounted servo drives to frequency converters.

Uniform control with Generic Motion Control

All drive technology components are integrated seamlessly into the Automation Studio development tool. Regardless of the drive and motor being used, all functions are available – from single-axis movements to CNC and robotics.

Simple solutions for complex control systems

Even the most complex control system requirements can be easily met using B&R drive technology. With technology packages for various solutions and an extensive standard library, any task can be solved in an efficient manner.

Open standards

The only future-proof solution is an open solution. Openness allows you to work with the tools you are most comfortable using. It allows machines to communicate effortlessly with external systems, and by facilitating the reuse of existing software for future solutions, it frees up valuable time to get your product to market faster. B&R offers openness on all levels and in all products.

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Efficient development tool

Automation Studio is the ultimate development and runtime environment for every aspect of an automation solution – from control and motion technology to HMI, operation and integrated safety technology.

Automation Studio revolutionizes application development by providing:

  • One tool for all applications
  • Intuitive user guidance
  • Consistent user interface for all aspects of an automation project
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Integrated protection of intellectual property through encryption and user libraries
  • Application modules: Independent, autonomous applications from different projects on one controller
  • Total freedom for software development
  • Hardware-independent software development
  • Versatile programming in IEC 61131-3, C, C++ and CFC languages
  • Automatic code generation e.g. from MATLAB/Simulink, MapleSim...
  • Unrestricted use of libraries representing 1,000 man-years of experience
  • Integrated remote access
  • Comprehensive remote diagnostics
  • Intelligent software update mechanisms
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Automatic code generation

Algorithms and control loops developed in specialized tools can be very quickly and accurately implemented in control programs with automatic code generation. B&R offers a number of certified interfaces e.g. to MATLAB/Simulink or MapleSim.

Simple Simulink interface

The interface to Simulink is very simple to use. The input/output variables on the controller are simply defined in Simulink. The full power of Simulink is then available to the control program and also the controller component.

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