Industrial IoT for brownfields
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. 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.
Installing the Orange Box requires no changes to existing hardware or software. The Orange Box is entirely flexible and modular. To collect and analyze basic operating data, all that is needed is a 25-millimeter-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.