PLCnext Technology

The open Ecosystem for Industrial Automation

PLCnext Technology

The open Ecosystem for Industrial Automation

PLCnext Technology

The open Ecosystem for Industrial Automation

As innovation cycles shorten, automation systems must be able to be adapted ever more quickly in the future.

For many companies this means a change in thinking, changes in processes and other approaches. For example, know-how will have to be purchased more often in the future and many further developments and innovations will be created primarily by communities and the creativity of many idea providers. Flexibility and efficiency will become the most urgent requirement for us all. That means, reuse what has already been developed and proven, and maximum openness. Openness in thinking and openness of systems.

That’s why we have developed PLCnext Technology. PLCnext Technology is the open ecosystem that expands the use of a PLC in ways that will change the future of industrial automation.

PLCnext Technology

The PLCnext Technology Ecosystem
The state-of-the-art ecosystem offers open hardware, modular engineering software, global community and digital software marketplace.

Enhanced development​

Enhanced development​

Connected coworking

With PLCnext Technology, several developers from different generations can work on one controller program independently of each other, using different programming languages. Thus, you can develop complex applications quickly using the advantages of the classic PLC world and the openness and flexibility of PLCnext Technology.

Enhanced development​

Connected coworking

With PLCnext Technology, several developers from different generations can work on one controller program independently of each other, using different programming languages. Thus, you can develop complex applications quickly using the advantages of the classic PLC world and the openness and flexibility of PLCnext Technology.

Hardware for PLCnext Technology

PLCnext Control
PLCnext Control are the hardware of PLCnext Technology and offer an open Linux environment with access to more data via IoT systems and more flexibility. In addition to standards such as IEC 61131, parallel programming and the combination of programming languages such as C/C++, C# or MATLAB® Simulink® are also possible in real time with PLCnext Control. There are three different categories of PLCnext Control: Flexible modular controller, high-performance remote field controller, and iPC-based controller.
Modular Controllers
Centralized, high- performance controller
Controller optimized for edge use cases

PLCNEXT STORE

PLCnext Store
The PLCnext Store is the digital software marketplace for automation solutions. It provides you with software applications that enable you to expand the functions of the PLCnext Control device directly and easily. Using suitable apps from the PLCnext Store, you can speed up your application development, saving you laborious programming steps.
In-tech GmbH
Easymon AXC F 2152​
Remote monitoring for PLCnext Control without programming. With easymon you can easily view any data values from your Control device live & remotely and monitor thresholds.
Phoenix Contact Belgium​
Code Creator​
Parametrize your Modbus communication as you need it. The Code creator automatically generates a program for the hardware set-up based on your input​.
Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG​
Pump Station Control​
Ready-programmed solution to transform your PLCnext Control into a pumping station without any engineering or programming effort! For continuous monitoring and controlling of your pumping stations.​
Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG​
Water Functions Visu​
Water Function Visu is designed to suit water specific applications. Ready-to-use symbols for valves, motors, pumps and fans allow for a quick and convenient visualization of devices. Installed drives and valves can be controlled via the HMI surface due to a remote functionality.​
Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG​
Client for Eclipse hawkBit™ ARM​
Firmware Update client for PLCnext Control. For managing your devices more efficiently and easy updating of PLCnext firmware in batches. ​

For you as a software developer, the PLCnext Store is the ideal platform to offer your solution and gain access to a new customer base.

SOFTWARE

PLCnext Engineer
PLCnext Engineer is the engineering software for PLCnext Control devices.

Your engineering environment

It combines all of the basic functions needed for configuration, programming in accordance with IEC 61131-3, visualization, and diagnostics. In addition, this software also allows you to easily connect high-level language code to the standard application.  PLCnext Engineer is available for download free of charge. You can use additional add-ins as well as a broad variety of software applications from the PLCnext Store for a wider range of functions. 

OUR COMMUNITY

Join the PLCnext Community
PLCnext Community are the people around PLCnext Technology. Join the PLCnext Community and get involved. Meet new, similar-minded people, share experiences, discuss new ideas, ask a question, or talk to one of our experts. Come to one of our events – digitally or physically – and experience PLCnext Technology live.

#plcnext #iamplcnext
Maker’s Blog

Stories from users for users

Forum

Get help and exchange ideas

Webinars

Meet our experts live online

Live Events

Join us at an event near you

Tutorials

Get started with our interactive tutorials

USE CASES

Let us enhance
automation thinking together!

Collaborating on solutions

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Performing real-time

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Upgrading to future technologies

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Combining programming languages

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PLCnext Factory: Join us and enhance your automation thinking

The basic idea and spirit behind the Ecosystem PLCnext Technology can be experienced live: on a digital tour through our PLCnext Factory….

PLCnext Technology

Getting Started
Program in style. With this starterkit you can try out the operating principle, handling, and high performance of PLCnext Technology in a small-scale application. The starterkit includes a PLCnext Control AXC F 2152 and a backplane with four Axioline Smart Elements. This station can be extended to your needs if you wish. Happy programming everyone.