The enhanced crossover Operating System (exOS) allows machine builders to use any Linux code within their B&R system.


Use any Linux code in an automation system

The enhanced crossover Operating System (exOS) makes it possible to use any Linux code within B&R systems. This gives machine builders unprecedented freedom in the design of their automation solutions. Code written in high-level languages like C++, Python and JavaScript can be easily integrated in the machine application. 

With the enhanced crossover connection between Linux and B&R's real-time operating system, Automation Runtime, software developers can write, compile and debug their code in the integrated development environment (IDE) of their choice and then easily load and run it on the control system. This opens up new freedom for implementing the advanced automation solutions envisioned by Industry 4.0 and the Industrial IoT. exOS makes it possible to execute machine learning algorithms directly at the edge, for example. A Tensorflow ML model can run in Linux on an Automation PC and receive machine data from an X20 PLC via the exOS API. This type of machine learning solution could be used to optimize maintenance.

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 

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