Integrated motion control programming software

B&R’s Automation Studio software programming environment integrates motion programming within the B&R Generic Motion Control platform.
By Robert Muehlfellner August 16, 2012

Path control with CNC functionality works as an integral part of the complete automation system, which can be configured with one software tool, B&R Automation Studio. Courtesy: B&ROne automation software can integrate movement and path control, connect drives, and provide functions such as visualization, I/O processing, and communications. Even anthropomorphic robots, complex CNC 3D processing, and multiple linked axis movements down to single-axis positioning can be modified in real time—and each of these tasks can be accomplished using the B&R’s Automation Studio software programming environment.

B&R combined all components into one system. B&R’s Generic Motion Control (GMC) includes drives, movement and path control, visualization, and I/O handling. In particular, path control with CNC functionality works as an integral part of the complete automation system, which can be configured with B&R Automation Studio.

Integrated features such as Smart Edit and user-defined code snippets within the editors improve ease of operation and help increase engineering productivity. All motion control functions, such as point-to-point movements, coordinated axis movements, or complex robotics paths, are executed using uniform function blocks. Based on the PLCopen standard, GMC combines the worlds of single-axis positioning, linked-axis movements, CNC, and robotics into one homogenous software system. From a hardware view, using B&R’s GMC, the user does not have to worry about differences in drive technologies in dc motors, linear motors, stepper motors, servo motors, and ac motors.

– Robert Muehlfellner is B&R director of automation technology. Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering, mhoske@cfemedia.com.