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Cover story

A smart move toward mass customization
B&R’s intelligent SuperTrak transport system is the reliable industrial solution for agile manufacturing. More...

“No more unplanned downtime”
B&R’s Orange Box is a manufacturing intelligence solution for legacy equipment. Ralf Hagen (Nestlé Germany) and Thomas Rienessl (B&R) explain how brownfield plants can be transformed into smart factories. More...

Interview

“SuperTrak delivers industrial-grade reliability for flexible manufacturing”
Versatile transport systems offer solutions for today’s smaller batch sizes and frequent product changeover but have so far failed to gain market traction. B&R’s Robert Kickinger explains how SuperTrak is about to change that. More...

“We’re right on track for continued growth”
Automation specialist B&R is being acquired by ABB. Asked about the implications of this development, Managing Director Hans Wimmer affirms that the company and its current workforce will continue to operate independently. More...

“One familiar interface for all software components”
With its mapp Technology, B&R radically simplified the development of machine software. Dr. Gernot Bachler and Christoph Trappl explain the advantages B&R customers can expect to gain from the latest additions. More...

“The market demands open standards and a uniform protocol landscape”
Dr. Richard Soley (IIC) and Sebastian Sachse (B&R) discuss the role of development testbeds and whether the IIC stands in competition with initiatives such as Industry 4.0. More...

“Connectivity is the lifeblood of advanced manufacturing”
Mathias Bihler (Bihler) and Markus Sandhöfner (B&R) explain how collaboration between OEMs and their automation suppliers can get machine tools up to speed for Industry 4.0. More...

“OPC UA unleashes a whole new dynamic”
EDM specialist exeron has developed a communication solution based on OPC UA. We sat down with software specialists Michael Lamparth and Paulus Kolb to find out more about this and future OPC UA projects. More...

Report

Swiss Post: High-precision, high-performance logistics
Taking sorting to a whole new level More...

Gut Metallumformung: mapp Technology
State-of-the-art retrofit More...

Starlinger: Sensor technology
IO-Link has it handled More...

FG Industries: Robotic bottling solutions
Filling the need for simplicity More...

GF Piping Systems: Automated pipe joining
Making ends meet More...

Wito Dübör: Industrial bakery technology
Quantum leap for the Octopus More...

Codimag: Label printing
Single source, print to finish More...

Technologie

Optimizing processes with the cloud
Increasingly, big data analytics tools are being used to mine enormous volumes of production data. When these tools utilize cloud services, there are a number of important factors to consider. More...

Consistently simple engineering
Frequently, making a new product requires extensive reprogramming. With an open, object-oriented automation platform, plant operators are able to significantly reduce the time and cost involved in making the necessary changes. More...

News

B&R makes investment push
B&R is investing in R&D, infrastructure and workforce expansion. More...

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