WS1: Vibration Expert
For manufacturers, condition monitoring has traditionally been strictly a matter of maintenance. With the goal of increasing machine availability, elaborate measurement equipment is installed to periodically inspect critical components. The collected measurement data is then analyzed using expensive software tools – some of which can only be used by trained experts.
With the development of its vibration measurement module with onboard analytical software, B&R has now made it both technically and economically feasible to implement 24/7 online condition monitoring in series-produced machines and lines to identify key parameters such as bearing condition or harmful resonant frequencies. As an added bonus, the measurement values this technology provides in real time can also be further utilized to optimize the parameters of the machine or line.
Goal of the workshop: Participants will be introduced to vibration measurement technology using the X20CM4810 module and connected sensors. Practical examples will be used to demonstrate the wide range of potential applications.
WS2: Engineering Expert
The success of today's industrial equipment is increasingly dependent on the application software used to operate it. Demand is higher than ever for flexible hardware and software that allows for dynamic reconfiguration of machines or entire production lines with plug-and-play convenience.
The software engineering challenges involved in creating such complex, dynamic machine control and safety circuits can only be mastered with the help of powerful development tools and advanced programming methods. Today's engineers are challenged to design function-driven software built from autonomous application modules in addition to being able to coordinate work seamlessly from concurrent engineering teams. Automation Studio is there with exactly the right tool for every task along the way.
Using practical development scenarios, this workshop will explore how software engineering best practices can be implemented optimally using Automation Studio. Methods, procedures and principles will be explained in theory and then demonstrated in Automation Studio.
WS3: Vision Expert
Integrated automation technology provides decisive advantages for developing solutions. Less time spent on configuration and tuning parameters, together with a hard real-time link between the automation and camera systems, opens up a multitude of new applications for machine vision systems.
B&R's partner COGNEX has developed a new generation of intelligent machine vision cameras with a POWERLINK interface that allows them to be completely integrated into a deterministic, fully synchronized real-time application. The system is perfect for detecting loose items on a conveyor belt, reading workpiece contours, verifying product quality or reading serial numbers or text from product labels.
The theoretical part of the workshop will address the general technical requirements encountered in a machine vision project. A practical example will then be used to demonstrate how to develop and implement an integrated control application.
WS4: APROL Expert
The APROL process control system has been part of the B&R lineup since 1995. Since then, thousands of applications across a wide range of industries and sectors have confirmed the decisive advantages – for equipment builders and operators alike – offered by the complete integration of B&R's entire portfolio, including all redundancy and safety systems.
Maximum availability and absolute safety are the most important characteristics of a production plant. To reflect these priorities, the latest APROL release adds controller redundancy to a portfolio that already includes runtime server, workstation and network redundancy solutions.
The APROL Expert workshop is divided into a theoretical session that introduces the new features included in the latest APROL release and a practical session that shows how they can be implemented. Plenty of time will also be dedicated to discussions amongst users.
WS5: Mechatronics Expert
Steadily increasing pressure to reduce costs while simultaneously gaining an edge on global competition is an inescapable reality for nearly every company. Manufacturers are urgently looking for ways to get more technology into their machinery, more productivity out – and more value into their customers' pockets. B&R offers the expert support its customers need to develop innovative solutions to complex mechatronic challenges.
Over the years, B&R's mechatronics experts have built up a sizable collection of sample applications and libraries covering a wide range of requirements. These include MATLAB/Simulink blocks for modeling complex processes, specialty CNC and robotics functions, hydraulic and servo-hydraulic libraries, high-speed registration mark detection including reel control, convenient autotuning algorithms and even solutions tailored to specific industries such as wind power and plastics.
The Mechatronics Expert workshop offers participants an overview of B&R's hard-earned expertise on the subject, including a selection of live demonstrations. Of course, ample time will also be reserved for questions and discussions.
WS6: Usability Lab
Usability has always been a top priority for B&R, and its influence throughout every stage of a project – from conceptual development to the finished product – continues to grow. B&R has sought out highly qualified partners with whom it can work closely on this key topic. Those who attended last year's User Meeting may recall the "Usability Lab" run by Dr. Elke Deubzer (PMO Institute for Usability Engineering and Organizational Development). B&R will once again be taking advantage of this event to interview users about their work methods and operating strategies. Year after year, the results of these surveys have confirmed the incredible significance of usability.
In the Usability Lab workshop, Dr. Deubzer will guide participants on an excursion "into the depths of the human psyche". The goal is to apply scientifically established rules and principles to the design of graphical and navigation elements for HMI applications. Examples will then show how these theoretical guidelines can be applied in practice.
WS7: APROL Solutions
Process control systems are generally used to automate mid- to large-sized plants. Requirements for these applications may include recipe systems, alarm and message archiving with digital preservation, expert trend systems with integrated evaluation and analysis as well as complex solutions for logging and maintenance of quality assurance and production data records.
APROL users have been applying all of these features successfully in all types of plants for many years. Industry-specific applications are easy to implement without any previous knowledge of process control technology thanks to the powerful functionality encapsulated in out-of-the-box APROL Solution Packages.
- The APROL Solutions workshop provides an introduction to the following packages:
- ConMon – Condition monitoring and vibration measurement
- EnMon – Energy data monitoring
- APROL PDA – Acquisition of process or production data (e.g. for a single production hall or an entire plant)
WS8: Motion Expert
Since its founding, B&R has been dedicated to pioneering innovative motion control technology. Customers have been enjoying the advantages of fully integrated motion control since 2000.
B&R uses the term Generic Motion Control (GMC) to refer collectively to motion control tasks that are abstracted to software modules and standardized libraries to make them more accessible and universally applicable for the user.
In the Motion Expert workshop, we'll be presenting the latest developments aimed at optimizing GMC solutions. Among them, encoderless control and virtual sensors open up a wide range of applications with exciting potential. Another focal point of this workshop will be the technological advantages to be gained from fusing standard and safety-oriented motion control systems. The remainder of the 90 minutes will be dedicated to an in-depth discussion with B&R's motion experts.
WS9: ECAD Expert
There are numerous ECAD products available on the market for developing a machine's electrical plan. Unfortunately, it is still common practice for software engineers to have to manually transfer the elements of these plans relevant for control into the automation system. The all-too-familiar issue of corrections cropping up throughout commissioning is also a perennial source of frustration (as-built documentation).
Together with our partner EPLAN, we looked for a way to eliminate manual synchronization tasks in favor of a selective, bidirectional and, above all, automated approach to round-trip engineering.
This workshop will present the result of this collaboration: an efficient and seamless workflow between electrical and software development teams. Take this opportunity to find out how perfectly orchestrated cross-departmental engineering can optimize your company's development processes.