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New function opens up more possibilities for exchanging models

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With FMU Export, B&R is expanding the range of functions of simulation tools. Photo B&R automation

B&R, an innovative automation company with headquarters in Austria and part of the ABB group, has added a new function to its Automation Studio development environment. With its office and training center in Pune, B&R is an automation supplier of components and technology to several industries including the printing, filling and sealing and packaging OEMs in India.

With its new functional mock-up unit (FMU) export function, machine code can be exported and integrated as a PLC (programmable logic controller) simulation into any simulation tool. This allows simulation experts to work in the familiar software ecosystem of their choice. It saves both valuable time and resources during interdisciplinary development.

All necessary data is automatically bundled into an FMU. Because the exported FMU incorporates a standardized interface, there is no need to create a new interface for each tool. The only requirement on the tool side is support for the FMI 2.0 standard. FMI stands for Functional Mock-up Interface, an industry-independent standard for exchanging models between different modeling tools.

It was already possible to import machine models into Automation Studio using FMU Import. Now developers can export their machine code to the simulation tool of their choice. Starting with Automation Studio 4.12, FMU Export is available to all Automation Studio users.

On July 6, 2017, B&R became a business unit of the ABB Group. 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 factory automation, motion control, HMI, and integrated automation, motion control, HMI, and integrated safety technology. 

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