User meeting: Ethernet, safety and simulation discussed

Ethernet, safety and simulation were topics of intense discussion during the annual two-day user meeting hosted by B& R Automation in June in Salzburg, Austria.


Ethernet, safety and simulation were topics of intense discussion during the annual two-day user meeting hosted by B& R Automation in June in Salzburg, Austria. One hundred and sixty participants heard from industry experts about the newest developments in the world of automation.

Rüdiger Eikmeier from the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG) gave an overview of the latest developments in real-time Ethernet systems. He believes that Powerlink, the only industrial Ethernet system based on standard Ethernet physics in series production, will remain a top competitor due to its benefits, such as safety, redundancy, and gigabits.

Safety expert Dr. Peter Wratil presented information about addressing issues during development and construction in order to make machines safer for the future. Franz Enhuber, key project agent for B&R, highlighted the cost and resource savings made possible when a simulation is created once and then transferred via interfaces to the automation software and hardware. Finally, a number of B&R system integrators demonstrated their expertise in the areas of safety and engineering consulting.

More information on these topics is available on the B&R website and through the company’s English-language “automotion” print publication. Request a subscription by e-mailing address information to

—Edited by Lisa Sutor , Control Engineering Daily News Desk

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