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B and R has introduced the Automation Studio 4 software, which features a number of automated functions, as well as true-to-life architecture modelling, version control, support for shared projects and object-oriented programming.

The development software is designed to give developers a straightforward way to manage their increasingly complex programs, according to Dr Hans Egermeier, manager of the Automation Studio Business Unit at B and R.

He added that Automation Studio 4 not only helps create clearly structured software architecture when a project is first being developed but also when designing new variants and options or performing project maintenance.

Key features and benefits

  • Project modularisation allows individual projects to be split up into manageable pieces so that several developers can work on them at the same time.
  • The new integrated version control system is said to ensure stability and consistency.
  • In the System Designer in Automation Studio 4, hardware configuration is handled by arranging photorealistic images of components.
  • The automatic application of the necessary configuration parameters saves time and prevents errors from occurring.
  • To enable the consistent and uniform development of mechanics, electronics and the automation software, Automation Studio 4 comes equipped with an interface to Eplan Electric P8, which allows ECAD projects and the hardware configuration in Automation Studio to be synchronised.
  • Communication via OPC Unified Architecture provides compatibility with numerous systems from other manufacturers, while the direct support of web technologies simplifies the development of visualisation, process monitoring and remote diagnostic applications.
  • Advanced functions for object-oriented programming with C simplifies programming with classes and objects.
  • A smart editor uses function libraries and sections of code that have already been programmed to provide context-sensitive suggestions.
  • During development, visualisation templates accelerate the design of user interfaces.

B and R Industrial Automation

B&R Industrial Automation is a leading manufacturer of electronic control equipment, specifically designed for the Automation Industry.  Our state of the art highly competitive electronic system products are being used by a growing list of well known leading international companies across all industries.

Our integrated package of products, technologies and support services are designed to improve the flexibility and productivity of the manufacturing process. B&R recognized long ago that the market is not only searching for components such as PLC controllers, visualization devices (HMI) industrial PC’s and servo drive systems, but also  desires a single integral software tool that provides an efficient integration of these products. This “single software tool for all products” approach provides enormous savings potential, which is recognized by leading machine manufacturers today as an important competitive edge.

We recognize that it is difficult for many machine builders to keep up with, and make the best use of all the advances in our technology. Our strength in applications engineering support can be offered to provide our partner complete software engineering support – from project concept through to working application. The benefits are obvious – successful projects in record time and within budget!

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