Guaranteeing end products are absolutely error free requires automatic quality control and assurance procedures that use the most advanced technologies.
At B&R, quality assurance is achieved at the highest level without compromising productivity. In a demanding market such as the automotive industry, quality inspections and quality assurance should not be underestimated because, as a result of the common parts strategy, a very high number of products in the field would be affected. It is not only the quality of the end products that must be assured, quality assurance of all processes is also decisive.
B&R makes it easy to integrate seamless system diagnostics and predictive maintenance in all systems.
Quality assurance with an integrated vision system
B&R offers an intelligent and flexible vision portfolio consisting of cameras, lenses, lighting equipment and software. Seamless integration in the B&R control system enables synchronous data exchange throughout the entire system. The image processing functions are easy to configure and applications can be created without much programming effort.
Powerful image processing with the Automation PC 910
Equipped with the best technology on the market, including the latest generation of Intel® Core™ i-series processors, the Automation PC 910 is the perfect choice for your most ambitious applications. USB 3.0 ports provide a perfect connection for integrating vision systems. Its modular design allows the Automation PC 910 to be customized perfectly to the demands of any application.
Advanced system diagnostics via the Web
With the latest version of the System Diagnostics Manager (SDM), B&R has added a range of powerful new diagnostic functions to an already impressive portfolio. The user profits not just from being able to access information about system hardware and software from anywhere in the world, but also from ready-made diagnostic applets that can be easily integrated directly into applications.
Since all service functions necessary for a machine or system are already integrated in the System Diagnostics Manager, it can be launched from any PC without any installation whatsoever. The only requirement is a conventional Web browser. The appearance of the System Diagnostics Manager can also be individually customized to match the look and feel of the machine or systems manufacturer using it.
Many different diagnostic options
In addition to being able to quickly access current drive values – for example, speed, position, enable status or the status of onboard inputs – the axis error list also provides information in table form about errors that are still pending as well as those that have already been acknowledged. SDM can also be used to easily access and operate drive-integrated oscilloscopes. Being able to check the current status of I/O channels on every bit of hardware with an integrated I/O viewer means that machine and system commissioning is easier than ever. The time-consuming process of testing I/O points using electrical wiring is now a thing of the past.
System dump makes support even easier
During servicing, all data in the System Diagnostics Manager can be loaded from the controller and saved to a file with a simple click of the mouse. This makes it possible for difficult service cases to be analyzed offline by a 2nd level support team. For machine manufacturers, this opens up totally new dimensions for handling maintenance and service claims.
The ability to predict machine and system failures before they happen reduces costs and increases availability. Condition monitoring modules from B&R precisely detect cases when service work may be needed and are also extremely easy to configure. All of these modules are part of the X20 control system series and can therefore be used in any control topology with no limitations. A special feature of these modules is that they perform vibration analysis locally, right on the module. The availability of fully processed results reduces the time and cost of integration to a minimum. These results also provide detailed insight into the system mechanics, allowing existing processes to be optimized with maximum efficiency.
Condition monitoring at B&R
- Preventative maintenance
- Simple configuration
- Part of the X20 control system
- Analysis locally on the module
- Optimization of processes