PC in a drive: ultra-compact, integrated
Plastics, packaging, print, and textile industries can benefit from high efficiency multi-axis machines when using the B&R Industrial Automation Acoposmulti solution. The APC820, "the PC in a drive," integrates the highest level of PC performance in Acoposmulti devices. This allows the user to save space in the switching cabinet. This was a Control Engineering North American print edition Product Exclusive.
The plastics, packaging, print, and textile industries can benefit from high efficiency multi-axis machines when using the B&R Industrial Automation Acoposmulti solution. The APC820 — "the PC in a drive" — integrates the highest level of PC performance in Acoposmulti devices. This allows the user to save even more space in
A wide range of interfaces ensures integration of the APC820 into every automation system, says B&R Industrial automation.
the switching cabinet, by freeing up space intended for the PC, the company says.
Intel Core2 Duo processors provide the highest level of performance and a low level of power loss because Microsoft Windows XP and the real-time operating system run parallel to each other on separate processor cores. New options and complex automation tasks that were previously distributed over a number of system platforms (such as controller, Microsoft Windows computer, etc.) can be in one device. With the integrated Smart Display Link in APC820, up to four automation panels may be connected over a distance of up to 160 m.
Complex processes on physically separated machines easily can be controlled on site — a distinct advantage for commissioning, operation, and service.
Many onboard interfaces allows the APC820 to be optimally integrated in an automation system. Real-time communication between APC820, I/Os and drives occurs via an Ethernet Powerlink interface, which comes standard. This helps achieve cycle times down to 200 B&R Industrial Automation , www.br-automation.com
Industrial Ethernet applications in real time: B&R Automation for packaging
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