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Focus on connectivity

MES association visits B&R

Seamless connectivity for manufacturing processes was the focus of the "MES im Fokus" event that took place at Austrian automation specialist B&R in December. The participants were particularly impressed by the extensive connectivity between the B&R's own ERP system, MES system and production facilities.

Eleven lectures painted a clear picture of the benefits MES solutions and introduced the latest trends and successful implementations in the areas of MES and IIoT. Among the topics addressed was the question of how to collect, process and analyze operating data from digitally isolated brownfield plants. B&R's solution for integrating existing equipment into the smart factory was met with great interest. The Orange Box is designed to bring easy connectivity to brownfield plants without any modifications to the existing hardware and software.


Konstantin Klein, B&R's product manager for Industrial IoT network solutions introduced the participants to the new unified communication standard for the Industrial IoT. OPC UA over TSN is now the vendor-agnostic, interface-free solution for industrial communication. B&R has been a main player in the initiative to develop and standardize OPC UA over TSN for communication at the controller and field level, and will be assuming a leadership role in the responsible standardization bodies: OPC Foundation, IEC/IEEE and VDMA.

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