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Agricultural automation made easy

The demands placed on commercial vehicles have evolved dramatically over the years. With new functions being added all the time and requirements for operating efficiency and quality higher than ever, these vehicles need an automation system that is both powerful and scalable. B&R solutions allow automation concepts for construction equipment and municipal vehicles as well as for agriculture and forestry applications to be implemented easier than ever.

Data exchange with Automation PC Mobile

The agricultural sector is undergoing change: The trend is towards autonomous machines to increase productivity in agriculture. To enable autonomous machines to take over all processes, they need data, for example from different sensors.

The Automation PC for outdoor use can collect large amounts of data from multiple agricultural machines and forward it to higher-level systems. A tractor and combine, for example, can share information about their respective speeds and load capacities. When agricultural machines are able to exchange information, they become more effective in the field.

Harsh conditions, reliable operation

Agricultural work is synonymous with rain, dirt, heat and vibrations.

It is important that operator panels ensure reliable operation even under adverse conditions. A die-cast aluminum housing provides mechanical stability, and the multi-touch display can be used even in the rain.

Modular X90 control and I/O system

Manufacturers of agricultural and construction machinery face the challenge of implementing intelligent (semi)autonomous machine functions quickly and maintaining them long term. B&R continues to open up new possibilities in the automation of mobile machinery with its modular X90 control and I/O system. The system’s comprehensive set of standardized components is perfect for implementing flexible automation concepts.

Flexible means they are able to choose controllers from a range of performance classes – ensuring consistent solutions for basic to high-end machines.

Safety for mobile agricultural machinery

The European Machinery Directive and the topic of safety in general are increasingly relevant for manufacturers of mobile machinery. A hazard analysis and risk assessment based on a risk graph in order to determine the necessary level for the safety technology. To avoid the added cost of developing safety solutions in-house, many of them seek assistance from a reliable technology partner.

Our experts at Agritechnica will be happy to tell you more about the safety standards and B&R safety technology's decade of proven performance in industrial applications.

Condition monitoring: 24/7 machine availability

As we all know, unscheduled downtime can be seriously costly. These costs can be avoided through advanced analytics and maintenance. B&R's options board for condition monitoring utilizes vibration data to detect damage in time to repair it before it causes equipment failure.

Implement advanced maintenance solutions 

Software stacks for special functions

B&R offers a certified ISOBUS stack and corresponding toolchain for connecting tractors and implements. ISOBUS is a CAN-based communication protocol that enables machines from different manufacturers to exchange data.

  • Highlights
  • Vendor-independent communication between agricultural machines
  • Simulation tools for efficient project development
  • Certified hardware

The ISOBUS stack from B&R covers all the relevant aspects of the ISOBUS standard. That includes Universal Terminal, Auxiliary Control, Task-Controller (basic and geo-based), Task-Controller Section Control and Basic Tractor ECU.

Develop software 3 times faster with modular components

mapp Technology is revolutionizing the development of application software in the field of automation. Modular software components simplify the development of new programs and accelerate the development time for machine software by a factor of three.

Load balancing

Multi-axis function

Serial kinematics

Compaction control

Boundary control

Active damping

Anti-swing control

Hydraulic control

How does that work? mapp streamlines implementation of programming tasks that recur frequently in the automation of mobile machinery. It does this by providing thoroughly tested, ready-made software components. Programmers can then concentrate on their main task: Implementing automation processes in the application software. Still have some questions about mapp Technology?

A universal engineering tool for all tasks

Automation Studio is B&R's integrated software development environment with tools for all phases of a project. Controllers, drives, communication equipment and HMI devices can all be configured in one environment. That reduces both integration time and maintenance costs when developing new construction machinery. Automation Studio allows PLC programming in all IEC 61131-3 languages, in CFC and C, as well as object-oriented programming in C++.

Simulation saves time and boosts quality

Each developer can work in their preferred language and mobile machines can be developed faster and easier. Tests on real agricultural machinery are costly and time consuming. With machinery growing more complex by the day, the topic of simulation is rapidly gaining significance. B&R offers the tools you need with MATLAB/Simulink and MapleSim.

One partner – One solution

Our slogan is our mission. The pursuit of Perfection in Automation has inspired and guided B&R for over 35 years. To us, perfection means more than developing the best solutions in industrial automation – it also means developing the best relationships. We build lasting relationships with our customers, partners, employees and suppliers on a foundation of mutual trust and measurable benefits.

B&R currently employs over 3500 workers and, with over 180 offices worldwide , is never far away.

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The Austrian company Benzberg has teamed up with B&R to automate its high-tech trailer. Highlights include automatic steering and hydrostatic transmission.

Automatic slope compensation adjusts the trailer bed horizontally to prevent goods from being lost. The trailer position and the loaded weight are available online.

Affiliations

Through its membership in organizations relevant for mobile automation, B&R actively participates in further developing technology and providing innovation for the industry.

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