Openness is important for many applications. That's why B&R offers all important fieldbus connections in various different form factors for all of their control systems. Connecting third-party devices is completely integrated in Automation Studio using EDS and GSD description files or FDT/DTM technology.
And in the other direction, fieldbus slave modules (bus controllers) allow seamless integration of B&R I/O systems on third-party controllers.
As a standardized Fast Ethernet protocol, POWERLINK has proven its tough real-time characteristics in thousands of applications. The Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) ensures that the standard remains open and is continually developed.