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Open Industrial Automation Platforms
Kontron control systems are designed from an extensive selection of platforms with great scaleability in performance, connectivity and size. Working with Kontron allows you to receive everything you need from one trusted partner. We have an outstanding project management team that is capable of implementing IEC61131-3 Soft-PLC's and fieldbuses on application ready platforms. With ready-to-go systems and first class support, time-to-market cannot be shorter. With connectivity and openness in hardware variants and software interfaces, Kontron control systems fit into nearly every control scenario.
Open for protocols
Open communication standards can be flexibly integrated into nearly every control environment and network.
Open for Real-Time
Kontron's Industrial Automation platforms are open for Real-Time operating systems like Windows Embedded Standard 7, VxWorks and Linux with real time extension.
Open for custom application
Kontron systems are available either as readily integrated control solutions, or as open platforms for customers who build their own control applications.
Open for Soft-PLCs
The integrated IEC 61131-3 Soft-PLC offers a range of open interfaces for external software systems including custom control software.
Open for new technologies
Kontron provides an exceptional range of hardware for any kind of control solution.
Open for future development
With their open interface structure, Kontron systems are designed for easy adaptation in the control market.
Application Ready Platforms for Automation & Control
Reliable embedded IPC Family
Application Ready Platforms
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500®, is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies.
WindRiver provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial measurement and control (IMC), and aerospace/defense markets.
For many years Profimatics GmbH has been a reliable partner in the market segment of real-time software and embedded technology. Besides delivering real-time products, Profimatics GmbH is also specialized in training, consultancy, technical software development and realizing complete embedded hard and software projects. Our deep technical knowledge in combination with a large variety of embedded hardware products from top manufacturers always provide a perfect-fit real-time solution. Our experience ranges from low-level driver development to user interface design and usability testing. We can help you with your overall software strategy. Whether you require a device driver, browser-based web interface, or a multi-platform unified realtime system, our experience will help you to choose the strategy to get the job done right. We can design and implement your realtime software. Our experts have the right combination of embedded hardware and realtime software skills to help you get it done right the first time.
KW-Software is the worldwide leading software manufacturer of IEC 61131 programming and runtime systems in the field of industrial control and automation technology. MULTIPROG is the hardware-independent IEC 61131 PLC programming system for creating control applications and the basis for more than 250 control systems. ProConOS is the very fast, realtime and multitasking-capable IEC 61131 PLC runtime system that is available for a great number of embedded platforms. It can also be used in different variants as Soft-PLC. KW-Software is the predominant provider of software for safety technology according to IEC 61508 up to SIL3. The safety-relevant software components are already certified completely manufacturer-independent and can thus be used immediately. KW-Software is intensely and successfully working with the latest technology. This way, we allow our customers to gain a competitive edge and a technological head start.
3S-Smart Software Solutions
3S-Smart Software Solutions develops and distributes CoDeSys the well-known IEC 61131-3 programming system. Today, CoDeSys is the widest-spread IEC 61131-3 development tool in Europe and has established itself as the satadard in controller and PLC programming. CoDeSys is a complete automation suite with object oriented programming, version profiles and controller networks. It contains integrated compilers for all important CPU families, an integrated visualization tool CoDeSys Visualization, an integrated motion control tool CoDeSys SoftMotion and an integrated product extension CoDeSys Safety. CoDeSys SP RTE is the CoDeSys real time SoftPLC under Windows.
KUHNKE Automation develops and sells customer-specific mechatronic solutions to optimize automatic processes. Core competencies are control and positioning systems, pneumatic solutions and solenoids. Based upon broad technological expertise, KUHNKE creates world class solutions and products which enhance our customer's competitiveness and reduce costs significantly. Ventura, the modular control platform for automation solutions, is the central device for the integration of process control- and field-level. It features EtherCAT, PROFIBUS, CAN and AS-Interface as well as standard interfaces and is custom-designed for the industrial environment. The automation software Ventura Life supports computer simulations for machine and electronic design engineering. Thanks to (repeated) interpretation of the simulation results and subsequent model adaptations improved solutions for machine motion sequences can be developed. Ventura Life thus optimizes the overall design and reduces start-up times. The programming system is based upon CoDeSys in line with IEC 61131. In addition KUHNKE Automation offers Condition Monitoring Systems as well as engineering and maintenance services.
Kontron introduces first 3U CompactPCI® Serial processor board for modular, high-speed applications
First processor board in Kontron's 3U PICMG® CPCI-S.0 product family comes with the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor and boasts an extensive feature set
Kontron MicroTCA™ Carrier Hubs now support MTCA.4 specification
Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs enhanced with rear I/O support and precision timing for physical research and high-speed data acquisition applications
Kontron releases Flex-ATX motherboard with AMD R-Series APU for graphics-intensive and highly parallel applications
Feature-packed, cost-efficient and high-quality embedded motherboard boasts leading-edge 3D/HD graphics and support for up to four independent displays
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Wearable PC with Kontron ETX COM used Around the World in Mobile Services
The size of a first generation Walkman, the i-boro PC, which can be worn on a belt, is integrated into a novel communications system for service and maintenance work on devices, machines, and facilities. The system is based on ETX Computer-On-Modules (COM) from Kontron and was developed by ies Industrie-Elektronik Schmitz in cooperation with SN Technics. It delivers Intel® Pentium® M performance for bi-directional audio and video communication between central service technicians and on-site maintenance personnel.
High-Performance Control for Mining Trucks
Silent servers now even more silent - Kontron Industrial Silent Server for use in recording studios and broadcast vehicles
Industrial PC - Rackmount
Kontron COMs help Glacier industrial computers keep their cool
SOLUTION: With the Kontron ETX®-DC Computer-on-Modules, Glacier’s Everest line of industrial computers can deliver high
performance, high reliability operation in harsh environmental conditions.
BENEFIT: What was traditionally a complicated configuration and installation is now as simple as installing wireless access points
on a network, enabling businesses to easily adopt access control, time and attendance or emergency response technology.
Industrial Measurement Technology with a CompactPCI Core
The application of industrial measurement technology in ATE systems (Automatic Test & Measurement) has changed continually over the years. Radical changes have been based primarily on the advent of new standardized components whose use is very commercially attractive.
Flying harvesters - UAV-based environmental monitoring with Kontron Embedded BOX PC as a data logger
Agent software from Asentics with multicore industrial servers from Kontron
The new agent-based software architecture from Asentics for industrial image processing on surface inspection applications, such as PCB inspection, takes full advantage of the performance offered by Kontron industrial servers equipped with x86-based multicore processors. At the same time, the highly flexible agent-based software architecture accelerates the application-specific configuration of Asentic’s image processing systems. The combined solution is a successful symbiosis of the latest hardware technology and the related software.
Intelligent positioning systems
Surviving in Death Valley
Before a vehicle reaches the mass production stage, countless measurements need to be made to coordinate all components optimally. Mobile measuring systems specialist Suchy Data Systems GmbH, based in Maisacher, Germany, has developed a new compact measuring system to meet the requirements of field tests. This system can analyze up to 600 measurement channels. A CompactPCI CPU board with rear I/O support specially customized by Kontron for Suchy is used as the subsystem for visualization, data logging, and communications.
Take a look at this fun design with JRex. Our application is an important part in the "preventive management". We provide with our MOMOKI (Mobile Monitoring Kit) a solution to survey all the conditions you are interessted in like Temperature, Current, Voltage, movement alarm unit and access control. We are sure you will have some more creative designs for us as well.
Robust and long-term available Panel PC in a cost-effective housing
(PbL) system, which helps workers to automate the filling of customer orders quickly and efficiently, improving pick and cycle times and increasing pick accuracy. The PbL, which is normally stand-alone, can also interact with all standard ERP systems or warehouse databases, features an integrated Kontron touch panel PC delivered by the local distribution partner, next system.
Micro Client products
Laser control in semi-custom design - TRUMPF migrates from VME to customized Computer-on-Module design
Kontron Panel PC controls biogas plants with Open Source software from Awite
Software plays a decisive role here too and Awite Bioenergie GmbH relies upon Open Source software, which is employed on Kontron's automation PCs.
The decision to use Kontron products was made due to the supported Embedded Linux for the hardware, the Linux support and the excellent Board Support Packages.
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Die Bonding Machine
One of Kontron's customers is a leading company in the semiconductor industry, offering a comprehensive range of Die Bond equipment, including Multi-Chip or Eutectic technology. This Die Bond equipment runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and requires the highest accuracy. The company moved its systems from PCI to CompactPCI which is very user friendly, compact, and modular. The customer uses a 3U CPCI board running with Linux. Kontron has been chosen as their supplier because of its high quality products, broad product range – with complete solutions available from one supplier – longevity of supply, and professional technical support.
iNOEX relies on Intel Atom processor-based HMIs with the Kontron Nano Client Panel PC
thick-walled pipes can be quickly centered, reducing start-up scrap and saving considerable costs. When faced with the choice of an appropriate HMI, a robust, fanless, and completely-sealed IP66 design was particularly important for iNOEX.
Soccer player versus machine
The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund, Germany has developed a robot goalkeeper with lightning fast reflexes that is a match for even the best professional footballers. RoboKeeper’s brain is the ThinkIO Embedded IPC from Kontron that offers dual-core processing performance as well as a range of standard PC and industrial interfaces for easy and cost-effective implementation of industrial vision control applications.
VME Systems For Vehicle Development
Automobiles are becoming increasingly sensitive. Today if you drive off in your new BMW with an automatic transmission, within a few minutes the car works out what mood you are in. It then tunes its engine and gear management to your individual style of driving, whether you are in the mood for a sedate, comfortable ride or out for speed, by adjusting the rate of fuel injection as well as adapting its gear switching.
Such individual adjustments have finally become possible thanks to microprocessor technology. The use of semiconductors in control devices has forced the implementation of more and more complex control functions and algorithms, such as parameter fields to control petrol and Diesel injection, adaptable Lambda and knock control, anti blocking and sliding systems and adaptable drive programs for automatic gears.
MMI for Optical Measurement Equipment
The associated MMI leads the operator through the various levels of interaction, provides a help system and both textual and graphical presentation of the data sets. As the system is used worldwide, the whole MMI can be parametrized to use various languages and fonts, including far east. To cope with the complexity of the system a totally object oriented approach in C++ has been implemented. The VxWorks operating system was selected to ensure realtime.
Kontron performed the software specification, built the 3D graphical objects by Meta-Windows, as well as graphical x-y display of the measured values in realtime. They implemented the interfaces to the measurement module and to peripheral devices.
Test Systems for Television Production
Loewe Opta was founded by Dr. Siegmund and David Loewe together with two partners in Berlin during the depression of 1923. One year later they presented the first integrated circuit in the history of electronics. The triple tube was co-developed with Manfred von Ardenne, a world-renowned scientist in the field of Television and electron microscope technology. Consequently, Loewe also presented the first all-electronic TV receiver at the International Broadcast Exhibition 1931 in Berlin. In 1951 the 'Optaphon', the first tape recorder using cassettes rather than tape reels, was produced by Loewe. Loewe continues to be a medium-sized highly innovative corporation concentrating on 'consumer electronics', telecommunications and car electronics.
RTSoft preserves the Cultural Heritage of Moscow Kremlin
Monuments of architecture and arts, including Moscow Kremlin, the State historical and cultural museum, always impose higher reliability requirements to automated controlling systems. Modernization of Kremlin’s objects was a very complicated work because of possible serious consequences of even the minor damages. At the end of December, 2004, RTSoft competed a project for development of software for integrated control room, which integrated control of air-conditioners in cathedrals of Moscow Kremlin museums.
“RTSoft” Implements Alcohol Fiscal Metering Complexes
The complex for fiscal metering of anhydrous alcohol concentration and volume in a product could be used in distillers and rectifying units, in alcohol cellars, in receiving and storage sections and others. There are an estimator and primary transducers measuring dehydrated alcohol in liquid substances. The estimator is constructed on the base of a high-speed specialized “Compact PCI” computer operating in real-time system made by “Kontron” company. Mass flow meters are used as primary transducers in the complex.
Operational control system implementation project by RTSoft
Development of resource-saving technologies, which are used in the today’s production, dictates a necessity to use instrumentation, which would provide a reliable real-time estimate of technical condition of operating equipment. RTSoft company uses the latest program products to create information and measurement systems in accordance with today’s requirements. Information and measurement system of Central Control Room of Kotlassky pulp and paper mill, the biggest producer of cellulose, paper and cardboard in Russia, was put into operation in December, 2004.
Production Planning and Control System in the Automotive Industry
The target of this project was to create the entire system that monitors the production process on the semiautomatic production machines, records all system alarm and fault messages, generates automatically reports of the daily production, daily events that occurred, downtimes and total tasks for every workshift. Special MES application has been created and integrated into the entire existing production system. Finally, the production process with less downtime events became more effective. Production reports in MS Excel and HTML format are available for further production analysis and operating staff is able to plan and coordinate the production more effectively. Every operator uses the chip card to log into the system, the same chip card they use for factory attendance system. All production and other data are stored in the MS SQL server.
Retina-Scanning for Animals
Motion Controllers for NC Machines and Robots
ACD Antriebs- technik, part of the ACD Group based in Achstetten, Germany, which employs 300 people, uses JRex single-board computers from Kontron AG in their motion controllers. The company relies on the open 3.5 inch board standard to offer an integrated, finely-tuned range of products. With a large choice of processors on otherwise physically identical mini-SBCs, the JRex family is ideal for their design.
Sophisticated Image Processing
Sophisticated image processing systems are becoming an increasingly indispensible part of quality control on automated filling and packaging lines that require zero failure tolerance. The embedded computer technology used in the systems needs to offer price-optimized, highly reliable real-time performance in a rugged environment. To meet these demands, one of the world’s leading designers and suppliers of filling lines and control systems has developed a highly flexible image processing system based on custom designed 3U CompactPCI® CPU boards from Kontron.
HMI for the Printing Industry - Printing Press
Replacement of PLCs and NC controls by IPC based controls
A customized HMI is integrated into the operating panel of a sheet fed offset printing press, which can do double-sided printing in a single pass. The printing machine is controlled via a TFT touchscreen on which settings and status data are displayed. Almost all the peripheral devices are controlled using the touchscreen via CANopen. The system, which is equipped with an onboard graphics solution, is shock and vibration resistant.
The laser is a universal tool for non-contact cutting, welding, marking, drilling, punching and forming materials. It is not subject to wear and tear. A 6U CompactPCI system running under VxWorks is used in the laser cutting machines produced by a global leader in laser technology. They offer the solution for almost any application and use customized technology from the Kontron Group. The customer produces computer-controlled machine tools for processing and combination machining of flexible sheet metal. The design engineers chose 6U CompactPCI to control the beam intensity because it is very shock and vibration resistant and has a passive cooling. Kontron delivers a complete, configured central unit including the VxWorks target licence on one order so our customers' logistics are as simple as possible.
ThinkIO in action: Industrial Automation
Mercury, a Russian company (www.asu-direct.ru), which provides services on technological and management processes automation, successfully uses ThinkIO controllers in ASU-direct APCS (Automated Process and Control System). The system accurately calculates technical parameters of cement, water and admixtures feeding and is in operation at many enterprises producing building materials.
Robust Control Technology in use Underground Worldwide
Eickhoff shearer loaders use modular CompactPCI hardware from Kontron and the CoDeSys Soft PLC together with Profibus and CANopen in a single-system solution. The bundle can also be purchased as a preconfigured, application-ready platform for any control application. In addition to the timesaving hardware/software integration, customers benefit from the ability to customize the system with in-house CPU cards and I/O assemblies.
Wonderware and Kontron Improve Factory Efficiency through Standards-Based, Pre-Integrated Automation and Control Systems
The Kontron Panels met all of Wonderware’s hardware specs and performance requirements, including offering a range of screen sizes and chassis designs all based on the same underlying hardware platform. “This was especially important,” explains David Gardner, Product Manager at Wonderware, “because we can offer customers a variety of systems to fit their environment without changing our software or modifying the system in any way.” Wonderware also preferred Kontron’s Panel because they use the Ultra Low Voltage Intel® Pentium® M processor, which enables Wonderware and Kontron to deliver the bundle in a fanless design that can withstand the harsh conditions of most factory settings.
CompactPCI computers control automated systems in open-cast mining operations.
The objective was clear: a control system on a bucket-wheel excavator for mining lignite, a fossil fuel often known as brown coal, needed to be completely refurbished. Despite widespread skepticism, EWG Automation decided on a comprehensive PC-based automation solution. The system integrators developed an efficient and stable application with products from a number of suppliers. Crunching and grating, bucket wheels the size of a delivery van burrow into the black cliff. In summer the temperature in the operator's cabin, suspended just a few meters away, is almost unbearable. A constant, powerful 5Hz vibration shakes the cabin incessantly. The air in the cabin is thick with fine, black coal dust that deposits itself as a thick greasy layer on sweating skin.
Grossenhainer was looking to reduce the mechanical part of their spinning machines by one third. The key to this innovation: A VMEbus system from Kontron and four Lenze drives connected through CAN.
The production of thread demands exceptional precision: The cotton band has to be stretched by a factor of 10, strengthened and then evenly rolled up on a spool. The key demand of this process is an even thickness of the thread: A typical cotton thread contains 120 fibers across its diameter. A deviation of just 10 percent results in inferior thread.