B&R software awarded PLCopen certification for Coordinated Motion | Automation.com

B&R software awarded PLCopen certification for Coordinated Motion

March 6, 2015 - B&R Automation Studio development platform now has PLCopen-certified Coordinated Motion function blocks.

"Standardization paves the way to the future," stated Eelco van der Wal, managing director of the PLCopen Foundation, as he awarded the certificate of compliance at the SPS IPC Drives trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany. "Modular and individual machine concepts can only become reality when it is possible to easily swap out components from different manufacturers."

PLCopen Motion Control Part 4 – Coordinated Motion specifications encompass predefined function blocks and machine state descriptions that make it possible to control any multi-axis system with a standardized interface. "What these PLCopen blocks have done is made it just as easy to configure any type of robot – regardless of its kinematic structure – as it is to set up single axes," explains Gernot Bachler, technical manager of Motion at B&R. Identical command execution is guaranteed by the use of standardized interfaces. "Not a single line of code needs to be changed."

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 more than 25 offices throughout the USA and Canada and is there for its customers locally.

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