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Dedicated License Management for B&R

More and more functionality of machines and manufacturing facilities is determined by the controller software, production settings, and machine data. This essential know-how of the machine producer must be protected and shielded from manipulation by competitors, organized crime, or simple incorrect use. New business models need to be supported. And any solution has to be highly reliable and work even in harsh environments.

    WIBU-SYSTEMS AG, a privately held company founded by Oliver Winzenried and Marcellus Buchheit in 1989, is an innovative security technology leader in the global software licensing market. In its mission to offer the most secure, unique, and highly versatile technology, Wibu-Systems has developed CodeMeter, a comprehensive, award-winning suite of hardware and software-based solutions for computers, embedded systems, mobile devices, PLCs, and microcontrollers that incorporates internationally patented processes dedicated to protecting the integrity of digital assets. Through its motto “Perfection in Protection, Licensing and Security”, Wibu-Systems safeguards the intellectual property of software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers against illicit and fraudulent use, reverse engineering and tampering attacks, sabotage and espionage actions, while generating new digital business models fully integrated with ERP, CRM, and e-commerce platforms.
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Product Development
  • The pioneering spirit of the company’s founders Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer and their determination to achieve a great leap for the automation industry, are still felt in the company today. Enterprising courage, combined with real vision, have made B&R into a globally successful corporation over a quarter century span. With its excellent sense for developments and trends in the market and its dedication to developing high-tech solutions for the good of its clients, B&R has become an innovation and technology leader in the industry.
  • B&R clients can use their Technology Guarding system to manage the functionality and settings of their machines. The machine operators do not want to pay for functions that they do not need. At the same time, engineers cannot simply provide additional functions free of charge. They need the ability to manage the machine’s configuration for each client. B&R enables them to do so with dedicated license management using CodeMeter. The licenses required by each client are managed on a license server and used on the machine itself. Technology Guarding is produced with Automation Studio software and implemented on a custom B&R version of the CmStick/C.
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • Impact #1
    [Data Management - Cyber Security]
    The USB dongle is included in B&R’s package when the hardware is installed for the first time. Replacing hardware in the field is not an issue, as the CmStick can simply be connected into the new component and will automatically resume its safeguarding function.
    Impact #2
    Impact #3
  • Process Control & Optimization
    Process control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
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