"Machine tools are the backbone of modern manufacturing. To meet smart factory requirements, they need state-of-the-art solutions for operation and communication. With B&R's innovative products and cutting-edge technology, you'll be equipped with the competitive advantage that makes all the difference."
Tomas Prchal, Global Technology Manager, Metal and Robotics
Software development fast and easy
B&R‘s innovative mapp Technology allows machine tool manufacturers to develop their application software faster – and test it faster too – with mapp components providing extensive options for simulation and diagnostics.
The B&R system offers machine tool manufacturers an integrated, multi-channel system with control and CNC running on a shared processor. This allows the CNC system to read and write variables on the controller with exceptionally precise synchronization, as well as use them in standardand user-defined function blocks, making it easier to implement user-specific machine tool functions.
- mapp technology for machine tools
- Universal engineering tool for simulation, programming, testing and commissioning
- Open for application-specific functions
B&R offers a seamlessly coordinated product range that covers all performance classes. Customers can choose from a wide range of industrial PCs, operator panels and controllers. B&R drives can be perfectly dimensioned to meet the needs of a given application.
- The right hardware platform for every application
- Cost-effective, high-performance solutions
- Hardware-independent software development
B&R‘s fully customizable HMI solutions make even the most complex machine tools efficient to operate. Both the display and operating elements can be tailored to create a custom solution that accentuates the unique qualities of your machine tool and helps build your brand.
With B&R‘s View HMI solution, you can give your machine tool a state-of-the-art web-based user interface even without special web design training. HMI pages can be viewed on a variety of devices, even providing user-specific content on each device.
Free selection of CNC syntax
B&R systems grant you maximum freedom in the selection of CNC syntax. From standardized DIN 66025 G-code to user specific commands, the possibilities for implementing a solution perfectly tailored to the needs of your machine tool are virtually infinite.
- Standardized DIN 66025 G-codes allow easy integration of CAD/CAM systems
- Free selection of syntax
- Can even be used for existing third-party programs
OPC UA for seamless connectivity
Vertical and horizontal connectivity is a core component of the Industry 4.0 concept. OPC UA simplifies line integration and connects production management systems (SCADA, MES and ERP)to your machine tools.
B&R has tightly integrated OPC UA into its automation products.Any B&R controller can be operated as an OPC UA server or client.B&R is also continually implementing new PLCopen function blocks for OPC UA.
Whether it‘s a press brake, transfer machine or machining center, machines and robots share the same processor and the same memory. Robot and machine are fully synchronized with a jitter of less than one microsecond. The common DC bus for machine and robot drives enables maximum energy efficiency.
- Maximum productivity through synchronization of robot and machine tool
- Common DC bus for energy efficiency
- Web-based diagnostics and remote maintenance
B&R offers a complete PLCopen-compliant library of safety functions for mechanical, electrical and hydraulic press applications.
B&R's integrated safety technology complies with the applicable industrial safety standards: IEC 61508,IEC 62061 and ISO 13849.
- Increased machine modularity
- One safety application for many machine options
- Streamlined mechanics and reduced machine footprint
By combining centralized acquisition of operating and process data with integrated condition monitoring, APROL offers the advantages of condition-based maintenance with minimal effort.
- Prevent secondary damage through timely detection of primary damage
- Increase machine uptime
- Avoid unnecessary repair and replacement
"ACOPOS functions blocks and POWERLINK cross-communication have been key to the performance of our new controller. These mechanisms allow the B&Rdrives to execute control functions remotely and to communicate directly with one another without going through the controller." Roland Regler, Chief Designer, Kadia
"We selected B&R as our supplier because of its products' performance, the global presence, the ability to support and service our customers with parts, service and technical information, as well as the potential for a true partnership where we could essentially co-develop technology." Tim Fabian, Director of Customer Care, FLOW
"Connectivity is the lifeblood of advanced manufacturing", says Mathias BIhler, managing partner at Otto BIhler Maschinenfabrik. Evolving market requirements demand increasingly flexible manufacturing systems. Mathias Bihler and Markus Sandhöfner (General Manager, B&R Germany) explain how collaboration between OEMs and their automation suppliers can get machine tools up to speed for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Click here for the interview.