B&R’s faster commissioning with no power supply surprises

Automation studio calculates I/O power requirements

Faster commissioning with no power supply surprises. Photo B&R

B&R is an automation company with branches worldwide and headquarters in Austria. B&R combines cutting-edge technology with advanced engineering to provide complete solutions for machine and factory automation, motion control, HMI, and integrated safety technologies to clients in virtually every industry. B&R became an ABB Group business unit on 6 July 2017.

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The new power calculation function in Version 4.11 of B&R’s Automation Studio engineering environment shows developers exactly where power supply modules are needed in the layout of their X20 I/O system. Efficiently optimizing the number and position of power supply modules early in the design phase makes machine commissioning faster and more predictable

Automation Studio’s hardware configuration analysis tool now includes an X20 Power Calculation function that evaluates the power balance of the I/O system. The amount of supplied power is compared against the required power, and the positions of undersupplied modules are highlighted. The feature can be enabled in existing projects by upgrading the hardware version of configured modules.   


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