ABB and B&R present first fully integrated solution at 2019 SPS
ABB robots become an integral feature of the B&R automation portfolio, eliminates the need for dedicated robotics controllers, separate control cabinets and programming specialists.
December 2019 – As part of ABB's Robotics & Discrete Automation business, B&R introduced ABB robots as an integral feature of its automation landscape at the SPS trade fair. Machine builders will be able to buy robots and their machine control system from a single source. B&R is also among the first to launch a comprehensive portfolio for open, real-time capable OPC UA over TSN communication.
Integration of ABB robots into the B&R automation system eliminates the need for dedicated robotics controllers, separate control cabinets and programming specialists. The new solution reduces complexity and optimises synchronisation. Customers benefit from unprecedented precision and user-friendly programming.
A comprehensive portfolio of products for open, real-time capable OPC UA over TSN communication was also on display at the B&R booth. With X20 PLCs, bus controllers, industrial PCs and a TSN machine switch, B&R enables fully standardised networks for modular, adaptive machines. The open standard reduces a multitude of protocols down to a single one – with a single interface exchanging standardized data between all the nodes in the network. Machinery and plants become substantially easier to develop and operate.
Also found at the B&R booth were two completely new, especially compact motor-mounted drives. The new ACOPOSmotor devices facilitate the development of modular plants and machinery. They reduce installation costs and save cabinet space. The new motors cover a power range from 0.22 to 0.35 kW, and the smallest version measures just 60 mm x 90 mm (w x h). Despite their compact dimensions, they have a full-fledged integrated servo drive that enables control loops as fast as 50 µs.