Simple Standardized Inexpensive
With reACTION Technology, programs developed in the Function Block Diagram Editor are executed directly on I/O modules from the X20 and X67 series. By eliminating data transmission, this reduces response times to as low as 1 microsecond.
With the ability to realize response times of 1 µs using standard hardware, B&R has certainly shaken up the market when it comes to ultrafast automation. With the addition of new function blocks, the range of applications that can benefit from reACTION Technology has been expanded significantly.
Like all other control applications, a reACTION program is developed in Automation Studio using IEC 61131 function blocks. The reACTION program is then assigned to one or more reACTION modules in the module configuration.
Simulation on the controller
20 ns resolution
Data is stored centrally on the controller and transferred when needed to the reACTION modules, where they are stored in memory.
The selection of reACTION function blocks is constantly growing, with new blocks available in the field by upgrading the firmware.
When reading digital inputs, a reACTION program can determine exact changeover times with a resolution of 20 ns in addition to the current input states at the start of the cycle.
With reACTION Technology, time-critical subprocesses are executed directly on the I/O module, which removes these limiting factors from the response time equation. The program is executed on decentralized devices, but the software itself remains centralized. Programming is as easy as with conventional control solutions.
In a conventional control solution, each I/O signal must be sent over the network to the central controller, where it is processed and then returned to the I/O module. Response times are therefore heavily influenced by network performance, the number of nodes on the network, controller performance and the load on the controller.
Virtually every industry has certain processes where timing is especially critical, and where precise execution is essential to both product quality and production output. Traditionally, the microsecond response times demanded by these processes have required complex, dedicated solutions – with an exorbitant price tag to match.
That's over now: B&R's reACTION Technology now brings response times down to one microsecond – simply and inexpensively – using standard hardware and software components.
Standard hardware and software
reACTION Technology is based entirely on standard I/O and control modules from B&R's X20 and X67 series. When it comes to integrating hardware, there is no difference between standard modules and reACTION modules. This concept also applies to programming: Applications featuring reACTION Technology are developed in the familiar Automation Studio environment, so developers with prior experience working with Automation Studio can implement reACTION solutions with no additional training.
Ultrafast and inexpensive
Priced only slightly higher than B&R's standard I/O modules, reACTION modules bring ultrafast automation to a much broader range of machines than ever before. Improved output and quality are no longer unaffordable luxuries.
The reACTION module handles a portion of the processing, relieving both the controller and the network and in many cases allowing them to be scaled down. In most cases, the resulting savings more than outweigh the added cost of the reACTION modules.
IEC 61131 & modular development
An extensive library of IEC 61131 function blocks is available in the standard Function Block Diagram editor. Modular software engineering dramatically accelerates development projects.