Introduction

Just the Right Dose of Intelligence

Hybrid transport makes personalised mass production profitable

Mass customisation done economically
  • Client

    B&R Industrial Automation

  • Services

    Solutions for machine and factory automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology

  • Technologies

    Industrial automation

  • Dates

    14/05/2018

Description

At the Hannover Messe, B&R showed for the first time how ACOPOStrak can be combined with conventional conveyor belts. This brings the flexibility of the intelligent ACOPOStrak track system together with the low cost of a conveyor system – the perfect recipe for more cost-effective mass customisation.

Seamless shuttle hand-off

One intelligent station on the path through the production line is all it takes to create a mass customized product. Product transport is handled almost entirely by low-cost conveyor belts – except for the one station where the products are personalized. That's where the intelligent ACOPOStrak comes into play. Since both systems use the same guide rails, the transitions between them are seamless.

Mass customisation for brownfield plants

ACOPOStrak combines the motor and electronics into a single unit with the power electronics and a powerful processor integrated right in the motor housing. No additional inverters or motion control units are required, making the intelligent transport system extremely compact. Thanks to the modular design, it is easy to integrate ACOPOStrak segments of various lengths into an existing plant.

Nothing herein shall constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy. The ACOPOStrak product is not available for sale into the United States of America until September 2018.

Caption: Mass customisation done economically: The intelligent ACOPOStrak transport system combines perfectly with conventional conveyors.

B&R is an innovative automation company with headquarters in Austria and offices all around the world. On July 6, 2017, B&R became a business unit of the ABB Group. As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and factory automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With Industrial IoT communication standards like OPC UA, POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering. The innovative spirit that keeps B&R at the forefront of industrial automation is driven by a commitment to simplifying processes and exceeding customer expectations.

 

 

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