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Open control platform for future-proof automation

30 January 2017

Phoenix Contact has launched a new open control platform based on the PLCnext Technology. This enables parallel programming on the basis of established software tools such as Visual Studio, Eclipse, Matlab Simulink, and PC Worx as well as freely selectable linking of their created program code.

To achieve the Industry 4.0 aim of networked, flexible production as the underlying automation solution needs to be adaptable and more communicative.

All automation system devices cut their static connections so they can dynamically exchange data. This is the only way to offer competitive products on the international markets over the long-term, according to Phoenix Contact. It launched a new open control platform based on the PLCnext Technology. This enables parallel programming on the basis of established software tools such as Visual Studio, Eclipse, Matlab Simulink, and PC Worx as well as freely selectable linking of their created program code.

With the PLCnext Technology, functions can be combined with routines from C/C++, C# or Matlab Simulink according to IEC 61131-3, for example. This enables the easy integration of software from the open source community in the Phoenix Contact automation system.

The new PC Worx Engineer, an adaptive engineering platform is used for programming according to IEC 61131-3. As well as programming, this software is also used to configure, diagnose, and visualise the entire system in one program. The basic version of the software is free and extension modules can be purchased individually as required. 


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