ABB and B&R to present first fully integrated solution at SPS

Oct 31, 2019

According to B&R, as part of ABB's Robotics & Discrete Automation business, B&R will be introducing 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 will also be among the first to launch a comprehensive portfolio for open, real-time capable OPC UA over TSN communication, which will be on display in Hall 7 at Booth 206.

Integration of ABB robots into the B&R automation system should eliminates the need for dedicated robotics controllers, separate control cabinets and programming specialists. The new solution aims to reduce complexity and optimize synchronization.

A portfolio of products for open, real-time capable OPC UA over TSN communication will also be on display at the B&R booth. With X20 PLCs, bus controllers, industrial PCs and a TSN machine switch, B&R enables fully standardized 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 to be found at the B&R booth will be two completely new 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 dimensions, they have a full-fledged integrated servo drive that enables control loops as fast as 50 µs.