PrintPack 2019: B&R to help build IOT-ready machines and factories

At PrintPack 2019, B&R Industrial Automation, a business unit of ABB Group, will highlight its “modular, flexible and integrated solutions”, to help machine builders, cost-effectively build scalable and modular machines.

07 Jan 2019 | By Rushikesh Aravkar

B&R's modular, flexible and integrated solutions

Ninad Deshpande, head – marketing, B&R Industrial Automation, said, “High availability and efficiency with low downtimes are also some needs of machines as well as factories. To cater to these demands, we will be displaying our solutions for predictive maintenance, condition and energy monitoring and edge architectures for industrial IoT ready machines and factories at the show.”

Ninad Deshpande, head – marketing, B&R Industrial Automation

B&R provides its customers in virtually every industry with solutions for machine and factory automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. It boasts of industrial IoT communication standards like OPC UA, Powerlink and Opensafety as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment.

Deshpande added, “Digitisation is the key to providing individualised printed products. Today, trends toward increased individualisation and personalisation for targeted marketing campaigns are driving demands for shorter print runs and faster turnaround times. Goals such as increased production flexibility, reduced downtime, minimised wastage and more efficient line integration can all be achieved much more easily with an integrated automation solution.”

B&R Industrial Automation has been one of the major players in the printing industry providing solutions for machine and factory automation. B&R specialises in integrated automation solutions and fulfil the requirements of modern digital production, allowing machine builders to implement digital printing technology, achieve a 100% digital workflow and connect production lines to a worldwide communication network.

“Digital post-press technology allows custom finishing of individual printed items without the expensive buffers that are otherwise required. Implement a digital workflow by connecting machines with the real-time capabilities of a Powerlink network together with OPC UA for machine-to-machine and machine-to-IT/cloud systems,” added Deshpande.

Talking about the needs and challenges of the industry, Deshpande said, “This industry demands maximum productivity and performance with high-precision motion control. The challenge at the heart of today's market is to achieve cost-effective and error-free production of short-run print jobs at reproducible high quality. B&R offers high-precision motion control and ready-made technology solutions such as virtual sensing and model predictive control, register control, multi-zone tension control, registration mark detection and processing, compensation of motor cogging and winding calculator to name a few.”

Working with over 4,000 machine builders, B&R has installations in over 30,000 plants and manufacturing units. As until 2018, B&R has a combined number of over 850,000 PLC systems, industrial PCs and panels, and drive systems running successfully worldwide.   

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