In order to deliver a final product with the highest quality standards, a full range of B&R solutions are available in painting lines technology. As quality standards increase, automated processes must also evolve and innovate on a daily basis with the use of robots, precision cameras for vision inspection and meticulous environment control.
CNC & Robotics
B&R improves the efficiency of machines and systems by combining CNC, robotics and motion control into a single software platform called Generic Motion Control (GMC). One feature that makes GMC unique is that it can be used for all drive types, including hydraulic drives and servo technology. GMC integrates seamlessly into the machine application, allowing it to be customized for the specific task at hand. GMC's flexibility also permits easy integration of existing CNC and robotics dialects.
Integrated vision inspection for product safety and OEE
The In-Sight 7000 vision system from Cognex is perfectly integrated in the B&R automation architecture via POWERLINK. The Cognex-Connect™ communication suite makes it easy to develop even the most demanding vision applications and integrate them into the B&R automation solution. Fast, deterministic control is directly integrated in the B&R logic and motion profiles.
Controlling coating machines requires a great deal of computing power. What's more, this task is constantly becoming even more complex as more advanced coating types gain traction. With B&R's complete automation approach, coating machines and robots can be synchronized and very precisely controlled, enabling even the most demanding coating tasks to be handled efficiently. The robot does not require its own controller for this type of operation.
Humans and robots working side-by-side
In order to coat complex objects, it is necessary to teach the robot the individual movements step-by-step using teach-in methods. To achieve this, humans and robots need to work together. With SafeROBOTICS, B&R ensures that this cooperation is completely safe for humans. PC-based control technology provides the necessary computing power.
100% integration of motion, CNC and robotics
With Generic Motion Control (GMC), B&R makes possible the complete integration of CNC, motion and robotics in a homogeneous environment. GMC allows complicated tasks to be solved elegantly and efficiently, making it easy to perfectly synchronize a conveyor belt and robot, for example. The CNC or robot program generates the path for virtual axes, which can then be coupled to other (virtual) axes or actual positions (e.g. from an encoder on the conveyor belt) and ultimately transferred to real axes. Productivity increases while the workload is reduced.
With the openSAFETY protocol as its foundation, B&R offers the most comprehensive integrated safety portfolio on the market. The fastest response time on the market, combined with SafeMOTION function blocks such as Safe Torque Off (STO), Safely Limited Speed (SLS), Safely Limited Position (SLP) and Safe Direction (SDI), makes possible the development of previously unimaginable machine concepts. The same applies to robotics applications. Here, SafeROBOTICS monitors the entire kinematic chain. Transferring openSAFETY data via POWERLINK allows the implementation of safety solutions up to SIL 3 (IEC EN 6206) or PL e category 4 (EN ISO 13849-1). The safety controller and remote safe I/O replace conventional hardwiring and increase flexibility during commissioning and operation.
CNC or manual path generation
Painting is a complex process. Depending on the paint or coating, it may be necessary to follow different CNC paths for the same object. For this reason, it is usually preferable to enter the path manually instead of using ISO CNC programming. In addition to conventional ISO CNC or robot languages, the Generic Motion Control (GMC) concept from B&R also offers the possibility of generating a path for any type of kinematic system using points entered manually.