B&R introduces a new gate measurement module to its portfolio

The new gate measurement module does Reliable wear detection

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B&R's new gate measurement module quickly and reliably identifies changes in machine components due to wear or external factors – enabling automatic compensation.
B&R's new gate measurement module quickly and reliably identifies changes in machine components due to wear or external factors – enabling automatic compensation.

B&R has added a gate measurement module to its portfolio to monitor machinery and processes efficiently with a new bus controller. The new gate measurement module joins the X67 lineup to help keep manufacturing processes consistent and reduce the rejection rate, thus increasing both quality and productivity. 

By measuring the duration of switching operations with extreme precision, the module can detect even the slightest deviations, pointing to component wear, changes in temperature, or other environmental factors. This enables automatic compensation for deviations from expected switching times and the implementation of predictive maintenance strategies. Unplanned machine downtime and fluctuations in quality can be reliably avoided.

B&R’s gate measurement module can be used anywhere

B&R IP67-rated module stands up to the most demanding conditions. It has six digital outputs with readable status and six digital inputs. The digital channels can be configured in pairs to perform gate measurements with a resolution of 100 µs directly on the module. Gate measurement can be triggered on positive or negative edges. 

The device also has an analog input with configurable filter functions. Its digital outputs are protected against overload and short-circuits. The module is connected to the machine network via Powerlink.

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