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B&R Announces Ultrafast Automation with reACTION Technology
B&R Industrial Automation Posted 07/21/2014
B&R reduces cycle times in peripheral devices to 1 µs
With reACTION technology, B&R is able to reduce cycle times in industrial automation down to 1 µs. This new approach allows extremely time-critical subprocesses to be managed using standard hardware – all within the requirements of IEC 61131 – while cutting costs by reducing the load on the controller and optimizing performance to match demands. The result is an immense increase in performance without added costs. The fastest response times achieved in the field, from receiving the input signal to sending the output signal, have seldom been under 100 µs – until now.
Increased performance without added cost
With reACTION technology, programs created in the function block editor are executed directly on I/O modules from the X20 and X67 series, eliminating internal data transmission and allowing response times to be reduced to as low as 1 µs. B&R takes advantage of the Automation Studio 4 development environment's ability to allocate software modules to distributed hardware and utilize the surplus capacity of logic components in the modules. This allows function block libraries to be stored there through the use of dynamic updates.
These libraries can then be executed locally on the I/O module like the command set for a microcontroller, allowing time-critical subprocesses to be implemented using standard hardware and eliminating the need for specialized modules – all while reducing the load on both the network and controller.
B&R company profile
B&R is the world’s largest and most successful private company in the area of automation equipment manufacturing. The motto “Perfection in Automation” has provided the foundation for the company since B&R was founded in 1979. Today, B&R employs 2,500 employees worldwide and has an exceptional global presence with 175 sales offices in 75 countries.
As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and process automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With industrial fieldbus communication standards like POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering.
B&R Industrial Automation, Inc. North America, based in Atlanta, GA, has been working closely with its customers since 1987. Since then, B&R North America has continuously grown as a sales and support organization through both direct sales offices and B&R’s unique Automation Partner distribution network. Today, B&R North America has a network of 25 offices throughout the USA and Canada and is there for its customers locally.