B&R offers products well-suited for comprehensive energy metering and for communicating with meters regardless of whether or not traditional heat meters or meters with remote access are used.
B&R Automation PCs have, over many years, proven their ability to handle large amounts of data and remote metering tasks during continuous unmanned operation.
Comprehensive energy metering
Compact X20 I/O modules are used to record all energy consumption data. The following is a detailed description of the modules that are used:
Electrical power measurement
X20AP energy metering modules for current transformers with 5 A, 1 A, 20 mA or 333 mV for active power, reactive power and apparent power; recording phase sequences, individual phases and cumulative values; current over neutral line; recording frequency and harmonics (up to the 31st harmonic)
Meter readings for volume/mass flow rate
X20CS1012 interface modules with integrated M-Bus master for connecting up to 250 M-Bus slaves (e.g. meter reading for gas, water, electricity, heat, and pulse meters)
Analog signals for volume/mass flow rate
X20AI analog input modules for analog measurement signals (e.g. flow rate)
Count pulses for volume/mass flow rate
X20DC digital counter modules for digital measurement pulses (e.g. flow volume)
SCADA and process control systems
The APROL process control system is mainly characterized by universal use. This is due to its unique scalability, modularity and flexibility.
As a reliable solution in over 3000 installations in the field, it offers the following important features:
- Openness through a large number of standardized interfaces for connecting field devices, lower level or higher level systems
- Secure data transfer
- Manipulation-proof data storage
- Audit Trail FDA conformity (traceability of all changes)
- Generating alarms
- Trend system (implemented using a database)
- Integrated business intelligence solution
- Further information:
- APROL Process Automation brochures
High-performance industrial PCs
Automation PC and Panel PC systems from B&R pack plenty of power. Using the latest technology, including the latest generation of Intel Core i-series processors, the Automation PC 910 and Panel PC 900 are the perfect choice for mastering highly demanding applications. The Automation PC 2100 and Panel PC 2100 are based on the latest Intel Atom technology. These systems have minimal size, but can deliver performance up to the Core i-series range.
Another advantage of the latest generation of Core i-series and Atom processors from Intel is their considerably higher performance yet lower power consumption – maximized energy efficiency across the board. This makes it possible to do away with internal fans in many cases, an advantage already exploited by the passively cooled Automation PC 2100 and Panel PC 2100 systems.
The robust design of the Automation PC and Panel PC is perfectly suited for operation in the harshest environments – even continuous 24-hour operation is no problem for these workhorses. Many variants of the PC systems have no internal cable connections whatsoever, let alone rotating parts.
Each PC and panel undergoes comprehensive function testing prior to shipping. All system properties and interfaces are fully inspected. After years of reliable operation, your bottom line will notice the difference.
Automation PCs can be adapted perfectly to each application's unique requirements. This starts by selecting the necessary processor performance and housing size from within the series and then scaling everything else – memory capacity and storage media such as CFast, HDD or SSD, for example – as needed.
Ready to use
These industrial PCs are delivered completely ready to use. OEM machine manufacturers can have the Automation PC sent directly to their control cabinet supplier with all software fully installed. Upon request, B&R can freeze versions of BIOS and firmware for guaranteed long-term consistency – a huge advantage for individually certified machines and systems.
Both the Automation PC 910 and Panel PC 900 as well as the Automation PC 2100 and Panel PC 2100 will be available over the long haul. Once the PC has been integrated into a machine, no additional maintenance work is necessary for the machine manufacturer. The machine enters series production and can continue to be manufactured for over a decade.