2011-06-01

B&R POWERLINK Day a great success

B&R POWERLINK Day 2011 was a great success.

More than 60 participants from various industry sectors, among them automation device manufacturers and process automation professionals, accepted B&R's invitation to the Salzburg Radisson Blu hotel on May 24th.

[caption id="attachment_315" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="B&R POWERLINK Day a great success"]BuR POWERLNK Day 2011[/caption]

The convention chiefly addressed manufacturers of electronic automation components such as sensors, actuators, motors, drives, and bus couplers for I/O modules, as well as complete control systems suppliers. In a series of talks, managers and engineers from B&R, IXXAT, port, and Hilscher discussed technical questions and implementation strategies for POWERLINK and the bus-independent safety protocol openSAFETY.

In the opening presentation, Stefan Schönegger, Open Automation Business Unit Manager at B&R, introduced the new POWERLINK Slave Development Kit. Hans-Jürgen Hilscher, owner and manager of the systems automation company Hilscher, spoke about multi-protocol solutions based on high-end netX processors.

Marcus Tangermann, CEO of port, gave a presentation about consistent parameterization of field devices, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks of FDT/DTM over XML-based device description files. Wolfgang Seiss from the Open Automation Technologies department at B&R then presented the company's POWERLINK Master solution.

Concluding the session, IXXAT CEO Christian Schlegel spoke about the implementation of openSAFETY solutions in specific projects.

"We welcome the positive feedback and the large number of participants who took part in B&R POWERLINK Day", says Schönegger. "Once more, this overwhelming response underscores our leading position in the market for real-time Industrial Ethernet systems." The Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG) is an independent organization founded in 2003 by leading companies from the drive and automation industry. Its aims are the standardization and further development of POWERLINK, which was first introduced by B&R in 2001.

The high-performance real-time communication system is a protocol extension of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard, designed to ensure real-time data transfer on the microsecond level. EPSG cooperates with leading standardization organizations, such as CAN in Automation (CiA) and the IEC. Anton Meindl, Business Manager Controls at B&R, is the EPSG's CEO.

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