Increasing efforts to reduce secondary packaging are having a serious impact on how palletizing systems are designed. Hybrid palletizing solutions that merge conventional technology with robotics are quickly playing a much more substantial role. At the same time, multiple processes – palletizing and shrink wrapping, for example – are more commonly being performed simultaneously in a single integrated piece of equipment. More and more packaging applications are better suited for fully automated equipment; as a result, the need for flexible package handling using tool-less, fully automated technology is taking on an increasingly important role.
Safe motion control
Ensuring maximum safety during maintenance requires safety functions that are implemented directly on the drive, including Safely Limited Speed (SLS), Safe Direction (SDI), Safe Operating Stop (SOS) and Safe Torque Off (STO). openSAFETY guarantees safe motion control up to SIL 3 in accordance with IEC EN 62061 or PLe, Category 4 in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1.
Additional information about the extensive range of B&R safety functions:
Integrating robotics effectively
With POWERLINK and B&R's Generic Motion Control (GMC), it is exceptionally easy to integrate and synchronize robots with your automation architecture. High-speed packaging machines can easily synchronize standard motion control systems and all types of kinematics – portal, delta, SCARA, articulated arm and even specialty kinematics – in a single, complete control platform.
B&R robotics make it possible to perform maintenance tasks with direct human-robot interaction, such as removing blockages, without stopping operation. B&R offers TÜV-certified function blocks for the required safety applications, integrated via the open and bus independent openSAFETY protocol.
Stäubli robots can be accessed directly by B&R automation technology. This is possible thanks to the POWERLINK interface on the uniVAL drives from Stäubli, which allows GMC programs from the B&R controller to be transferred and executed seamlessly.
Quality assurance with an integrated vision system
B&R offers an intelligent and flexible vision portfolio consisting of cameras, lenses, lighting equipment and software. Seamless integration in the B&R control system enables synchronous data exchange throughout the entire system. The image processing functions are easy to configure and applications can be created without much programming effort.
Conserving energy with regenerative power supply
In virtually every production cycle, machines are required to continuously accelerate and decelerate heavy loads. B&R's ACOPOSmulti drive system converts the kinetic energy generated during braking movements into power and then feeds it back into the mains supply. Up to 30% of overall energy consumption can be regenerated – for considerable cost savings.
Power regeneration prevents additional heat from being generated by braking resistors, making it no longer necessary to install and maintain expensive cooling systems. The integrated power regeneration system is not only highly efficient, but also environmentally-friendly.
Controlled axis-synchronized stopping
The intelligent B&R ACOPOSmulti motion control system automatically detects dips in the primary power supply and initiates an emergency shutdown. The kinetic energy that remains in the motors is used to maintain automation functionality until the system reaches a complete stop. The ACOPOSmulti's active power supply module generates 24 VDC for the controllers, I/O modules and drives – eliminating the need for a UPS. The intelligent solutions from B&R prevent production wastage and eliminate the time-consuming process of getting the plant up and running again after a power failure.
- Simple integration of IP67 door locks
- Mechatronic machine design with distributed automation solutions
- X67 and X20 I/O modules
- Stainless steel HMI panels with hygienic design
- Predictive maintenance: Integrated vibration signature analysis for condition monitoring
- RFID access control for machine operation
- OMAC PackML conformity
- SDM: Web-based diagnostics with an unprecedented level of detail
- The ultimate solution for maintenance tasks
- On-site or remote access
- No training required
- No programming tools
- Low costs
- Efficient design