B&R releases powerful PC for mobile machinery

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Automation specialist B&R has added a powerful PC with Intel Core i processor to its portfolio for mobile equipment. The full-fledged PC with IP69K protection is specially designed for use in harsh environments. Its high performance makes it optimally suited for smart machines that communicate with each other and with the cloud.

The PC for mobile machinery features a 7th-generation Core i processor from Intel. Its performance can be scaled from a 2.2 GHz Celeron processor to a 2.8 GHz Core i7. It offers up to 16 GB RAM and 480 GB of flash memory, and is equipped with a TPM module. It also supports standard operating systems like Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Linux. The PC’s computing performance enables implementation of semi or fully autonomous machine functions.

The PC can also be used as an edge controller, collecting large volumes of data from one or more mobile machines, preprocessing it and then sending it to higher-level systems or the cloud. For machine-to-machine and machine-to-cloud communication, B&R offers the widely used OPC UA and MQTT protocols. They allow data packets to be transferred reliably even in cases where the network connection has low bandwidth or is intermittently unavailable.

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The demands placed on commercial vehicles have evolved dramatically over the years. With new functions being added all the time and requirements for operating efficiency and quality higher than ever, these vehicles need an automation system that is both powerful and scalable. B&R solutions make it easier than ever to implement automation concepts for construction equipment and municipal vehicles as well as for agriculture and forestry applications. The PC for mobile machinery complements B&R’s extensive portfolio of other mobile automation technology, including the modular X90 control and I/O system, safety, handheld HMI and operator panels, as well as a wide variety of option boards.

 

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