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Storage media health monitoring helps prevent costly downtime

 

B&R’s real-time operating system, Automation Runtime, now automatically logs data about storage media’s health to provide machine operators and service personnel early warnings of impending failure. Storage media can be replaced before a crash causes lost data and costly downtime. B&R is among the first to bring this commercial-grade feature to industrial embedded runtime systems.

“Failure of a storage device can be devastating,” says B&R product manager Varad Darji. “Even with a backup, a certain amount of recently changed data and settings are always lost. It can even bring down the entire machine, resulting in expensive lost productivity until an engineer replaces the drive and restores the settings.” The new Storage Health Data function is available with an easy update to B&R’s Automation Studio engineering environment.

 

Early warning for technicians and operators

Without any additional programming, Storage Health Data can be viewed in B&R’s web-based System Diagnostics Manager tool, allowing service personnel to recommend storage media replacement during scheduled downtime proactively. It is also possible to program HMI functions that notify operators directly on their HMI screen when a drive reaches a defined threshold, such as 80% of its lifespan.

 

About B&R

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.
For more information, visit www.br-automation.com/.

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