In order to operate with maximum efficiency, a textile factory floor must work together as single, coordinated system – like a close-knit piece of fabric. For the many parts to function as a unified whole, you need advanced communication between supervisory systems and the production floor. B&R provides automation platforms that can be perfectly tailored to the integration of different SCADA, MES and ERP systems.
Business intelligence with APROL
B&R has upgraded the highly advanced and flexible APROL automation platform by adding a powerful system component for business intelligence (BI). The business intelligence solution enables systematic analysis of recorded operating and process data. Users can gain valuable information for the decision-making process with the help of standard reports, personalized interactive reports and ad hoc reports. Native iOS and Android apps are available for mobile access. Market interest for BI solutions is growing steadily due to the ineffective reporting and analysis functionality provided by conventional ERP and MES solutions.
Integrated energy metering modules supply all necessary electrical values and quality assurance data. The data is collected automatically from all energy sources (natural gas, oil, etc.). measuring and displaying consumption and cost data makes it possible to easily implement energy management systems as defined in ISO 50001. Historical data allows detailed analysis of energy consumption, which simplifies the process of identifying cause and effect.
Online vibration measurement integrated in the I/O module makes it possible to identify the mechanical condition of the machine and allows performance degradations to be detected early on so that serious damage can be prevented. Condition-based predictive maintenance reduces the number of unpredicted outages, thus keeping the costs associated with downtime and repairs to an absolute minimum.
Open communication for Industry 4.0 with OPC UA
B&R continues to advance the integration of OPC UA in the B&R Automation Studio development software. With POWERLINK, openSAFETY and OPC UA, B&R offers its customers the perfect tools to meet the high demands of Industry 4.0.
Automation Studio supports OPC UA clients and servers directly on the controller and therefore allows vertical communication with SCADA, MES and ERP systems as well vendor-independent communication from PLC to PLC. With new PLCopen-compliant OPC client function blocks, this communication can be easily implemented in the application software regardless of the hardware being used. Through the support of OPC UA subscriptions, larger amounts of data can be transferred faster.
OPC UA is standardized in accordance with IEC 62541 and offers easy-to-use functions for vendor-independent data exchange. This helps software developers engineer complex systems with high data communication demands that help implement flexible and modular automation solutions more easily. In addition, flexible, modular automation solutions easier to implement.
Scalable, powerful and rugged industrial PCs
PCs from B&R are designed and built to meet industrial customers' demands for maximum robustness, reliability and long-term availability. While it can be tempting to choose the cheapest price, when viewed over a product's entire lifecycle, the greatest value comes from high quality. Our PCs are specially designed for industrial use:
- Fanless with IP65 protection
To prevent pills from entering the housing
- Robust with no internal wiring
Extended service life through the use of solid state disk or CompactFlash instead of rotating hard disks
Perfectly suited for the textile industry:
- Box PCs
- Panel PCs
- Industrial monitors
- SDL3 transmission technology
Custom HMI panels
Get an HMI solution that is fine-tuned to your specific needs – technically optimized for your applications and customized with your corporate design. Standard devices are not always the best solution for your individual requirements. To meet technical requirements and implement special designs, customized operator panels are required. With a global presence and local representatives with which your can discuss your specific needs, B&R is the right partner to handle this task. Development of custom HMI devices is part of B&R's core business. We have expert engineers who are 100% dedicated to customer-specific projects. This commitment to perfection during product development allows us to offer custom solutions with the familiar B&R standards of quality and service.
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