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Advanced automation solutions for mobile machinery – More than just hardware

Automation technology for mobile equipment is currently in a state of transition. Faced with unrelenting demands for higher productivity, the agricultural and construction industries are turning to increasingly automated and networked machinery. 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. Customers benefit from an easy-to-operate development environment, high-performance real-time operating system and ready-made software components.

One partner – One solution

B&R's slogan is its mission. The pursuit of Perfection in Automation has inspired and guided B&R for over 35 years. For the company, this means developing lasting relationships with our customers, partners, employees and suppliers based on a foundation of mutual trust and measurable benefits as well as developing the best industrial automation solutions. B&R currently employs over 3500 workers and, with over 180 offices worldwide , is never far away. The video below shows the enormous potential of successful partnership.

The Austrian company Benzberg has worked 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.

24/7 machine availability

Unscheduled downtime is extremely costly for operators of construction equipment. These costs can be reduced by applying modern approaches to analytics and maintenance. B&R's option board for condition monitoring utilizes vibration data to provide early warning of damage.

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Diagnostic information available any time

B&R automation solutions offer numerous features for diagnostics and service. An integrated tool allows you to view diagnostic information about all B&R hardware on any device with a web browser or via a remote maintenance connection.

B&R’s Secure Remote Maintenance solution makes it easy to service machines and commercial vehicles anywhere in the world from your office or on the road. This remote solution makes it easy to quickly respond to unforeseen problems and accelerates commissioning. As a result, the capacity utilization rate of a machine is maximized.

Modular X90 control and I/O system

B&R continues to open up new possibilities in mobile automation with its modular X90 control and I/O system. The system’s comprehensive set of standardized components is perfect for implementing flexible automation concepts.

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Safety for construction vehicles

How do manufacturers of mobile machinery know which safety requirements apply? First, they must determine whether their application falls under the jurisdiction of the European Machinery Directive. The Machinery Directive requires the manufacturer to carry out a hazard analysis and risk assessment based on a risk graph in order to determine the necessary level for the safety function. B&R can help to upgrade machines to meet current safety requirements. Read more on the topic of safety and B&R´s modular control solution with integrated safety technology in the report.

Develop software 3 times faster with mapp Technology

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

How is that possible? mapp streamlines implementation of frequently recurring programming tasks by providing thoroughly tested ready-made software components. Programmers can then concentrate on their main task: Implementing automation processes in the application software.

Load balancing

Multi-axis function

Serial kinematics

Compaction control

Boundary control

Active damping

Anti-swing control

Hydraulic control

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++. This allows developers to work in the language they prefer and to develope machines faster and easier.

Tests on real heavy machinery are costly and time consuming. With machinery growing more complex by the day, the topic of simulation is rapidly gaining significance. B&R provides the tools you need with MATLAB/Simulink and MapleSim.

High speed for mobile equipment

Today's mobile equipment continues to push the limits of conventional bus technology, which fails to offer the performance or bandwidth that state-of-the-art automation solutions demand.

POWERLINK offers the required performance and bandwidth and is based on CANopen mechanisms. It is a real-time capable and hardware-independent open source protocol and provides a smooth transition for converting construction and agricultural equipment to an industrial Ethernet solution.

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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