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B&R's Orange Box enables machine operators to collect and analyse data from previously isolated machines and lines and get them fit for the smart factory

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Hannover Messe 2017 Industrial IoT for brownfields: B&R's new smart-factory upgrade for legacy equipment

Apr 26, 2017

At the Hannover Messe 2017, B&R presents its new Orange Box solution. The Orange Box enables machine operators to collect and analyse data from previously isolated machines and lines and get them fit for the smart factory with a minimal effort.

An Orange Box consists of a controller and B&R mapp Technology's preconfigured software blocks – known as mapps. The controller collects operating data from any machine via its I/O channels or a fieldbus connection. From this data, the mapps generate and display OEE ratings and other KPIs, and can also share the information with higher-level systems via OPC UA.

Simple as a smartphone

Installing the Orange Box requires no changes to existing hardware or software. Equipment owners can achieve a substantial boost in productivity with a remarkably small investment in time and cost. Thanks to the mapps, the Orange Box is as simple and intuitive to operate as a smartphone.

Perfectly fitted for every need

The Orange Box is entirely flexible and modular. To collect and analyse basic operating data, all you need is a 25-millimetre-wide compact PLC and the mapp OEE component. For more advanced features – such as alarm management or energy monitoring – the solution can easily be scaled up with more powerful PLCs and additional software components. To give the Orange Box a modern user interface in addition to PLC functionality, a Power Panel or a Panel PC can be used.

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