Packaging automation, scalable, modular
At Pack Expo 2013, B&R Industrial Automation is showing standards-based, scalable, and modular control systems integrating logic, motion, robotics, human-machine interface (HMI), safety, I/O and data acquisition in one software development environment.
B&R Industrial Automation is showing standards-based, scalable, and modular control systems integrating logic, motion, robotics, human-machine interface (HMI), safety, I/O and data acquisition in a unified software development environment, suitable for use by packaging original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other OEMs, system integrators, and end users, at Pack Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Sept. 23-25. A B&R industrial PC uses the latest third generation Intel Core i technology. B&R Automation PC 910 has, a multi-touch panel that has the form factor of an oversized Apple iPad, and also the latest integrated motor drive featuring flexible mounting and cabling options, onboard I/O and advanced safe motion functions, the AcoposMotor. B&R Automation Studio 4 is the newest generation of B&R's development environment that keeps development costs low and time to market short, despite the ever-increasing complexity of automation products.
Powerlink is a deterministic real-time protocol for standard Ethernet. This open source Ethernet protocol can address data and control needs on one wire, while reducing design costs, minimizing system jitter, and achieving maximum system performance.
The booth includes a multi-axis ActuatorLine demonstration unit from the linear technology manufacturer Rollon. The unit is a 5 actuator- 3 axis of motion infrared target practice game that is driven by B&R controls. Visitors will be able to test their shooting skills.
A demonstration unit featuring the Cognex In-Sight 7000 series vision system communicates via Powerlink and incorporates visualization and control technology for high-speed and high-precision product monitoring in production line operation.
Several North American and international machine builders will exhibit packaging machines using B&R technology. The machines will include the full range of primary, secondary and end-of-line packaging processes.
Support for students
For the third year in a row, B&R Industrial Automation’s Packaging Solutions Group is sponsoring the student contest at Pack Exp, now officially called the Pack Solutions Challenge, for university students. This year’s challenge is to recommend a packaging solution that provides an upgraded clean, accurate, drip-free filling system for mouthwash packaging that can handle the rigorous changeover demands of a private-label environment. Show attendees can view the students’ recommendations and vote for their favorite at the Education & Workforce Development Pavilion in the Upper South hall.
B&R Industrial Automation Corp. is based in Roswell, Ga.
- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering, and Plant Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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