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PLCnext Technology
The ecosystem for limitless automation

In a rapidly changing world, in which more things are now networked together than there are people, industrial automation is also undergoing a fundamental shift: classic system structures are developing into cyber physical systems, and future-oriented automation systems must be flexible, open, and networked.

It is time for an ecosystem that provides completely new levels of freedom for automation.
It is time to think in new ways.
It is time for:

PLCnext Technology
enhance your automation thinking

 

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 performance

Real-time execution across different programming languages

Combine program sequences in different languages into tasks as desired. The task-handling of the PLCnext Technology (patent applied for) lets program routines of different origin run like a classical IEC-61131-PLC-code – Your high-level language programs become automatically deterministic. The platform ensures consistent data exchange and synchronous execution of the program code.

enhanced freedom

Flexible integration of open-source software and apps

PLCnext Technology enables any desired combination of independently created program parts and complete applications. The use of open-source software and apps improves the efficiency of your development processes. There are no limits to future expansions.

enhanced connectivity

Open interfaces and cloud integration

PLCnext Technology enables the integration of current and future interfaces and protocols for open communication in highly networked automation systems. Implement new IoT-based business models through direct connection to cloud-based services and databases.

enhanced convenience

Using your favorite programming tool

The openness of PLCnext Technology makes it possible to use your favorite programming language, be it IEC 61131 or high-level language. Develop your individual solution comfortably in a familiar development environment, such as PLCnext Engineer, Matlab Simulink, Eclipse or Visual Studio.


 

PLCnext Store – An open software store for automation

The PLCnext Store provides software applications (apps) that enable you to expand the functions of PLCnext Control directly and easily. The open nature of the store also allows third-party suppliers to sell apps they have developed. At the PLCnext Store, you can obtain the most varied apps for any application – from software libraries for accelerated programming through completely programmed apps that can be used without any programming knowledge.

Screenshot of the PLCnext Store
 

PLCnext Control

PLCnext Control are the hardware for the ecosystem PLCnext Technology. They combine the reliability and security of the classic PLC world with the openness and flexibility of smart devices.
Hence, it is possible to implement automation projects without the limitations of proprietary systems.

  • PLC-typical real time performance and data consistency, also for high-level languages and model-based code
  • Limitless adaption capability through quick, simple integration of open-source software, apps, and future technologies
  • Intelligent networking through direct cloud connection and integration of current and future communication standards
  • Quick application development: Several developers work independently in different programming languages

For beginners - PLCnext Control AXC F 1152

Order No. 1151412
  • Arm® Cortex® A9 single core, 800 MHz
  • Up to 8 tasks
  • Up to 16 PROFINET devices
  • Up to 63 Axioline I/O modules can be aligned directly
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for security
  • M2M system networking with OPC UA
For beginners - PLCnext Control AXC F 1152

Standard option – PLCnext Control AXC F 2152

Order No. 2404267
  • Arm® Cortex® A9 dual core, 2x 800 MHz
  • Up to 32 tasks
  • Up to 64 PROFINET devices
  • Up to 63 Axioline I/O modules
  • Left-alignable interface extension
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for security
  • M2M system networking with OPC UA
Standard option – PLCnext Control AXC F 2152

Higher performance – PLCnext Control AXC F 3152

Order No. 1069208
  • Intel® Atom™ E3930 dual core, 2x 1.3 GHz
  • Integrated UPS
  • Up to 128 PROFINET devices
  • Ready for time-sensitive networking
  • Up to 63 Axioline I/O modules
  • Left-alignable interface extension
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for security
  • M2M system networking with OPC UA
Higher performance – PLCnext Control AXC F 3152

High-performance safety PLC – PLCnext Control RFC 4072

Order No. 1051328
  • PROFINET controller and device
  • Support for PROFIsafe Profile V2.6.1
  • Safety CPU:
    • 1 x ARM® Cortex® A9, 800 MHz
    • 1 x ARM® Cortex® A8, 600 MHz
  • Standard CPU: Intel® Core™ 5-6300U (dual core, 2.4 GHz)
  • M2M system networking with OPC UA
  • Standard and safety programming with PLCnext Engineer
High-performance safety PLC – PLCnext Control RFC 4072

PLCnext Technology Starterkit

Order No. 1188165

Do you want to try out the operation, handling, and performance of PLCnext Technology in a small-scale application first? This starterkit includes:

  • PLCnext Control AXC F 2152
  • Axioline Smart Elements: digital input, digital output, analog voltage input 0-10V
  • 24V power supply unit
  • Space for extensions on DIN rail
  • Getting started available online here

PLCnext Technology Starterkit

PLCnext Control Extension – AXC F XT ETH 1TX

Order No. 2403115
  • Ethernet interface
  • RJ45 jack
  • 24 V DC
  • Push-in connection
  • Placed on the left side of the controller
PLCnext Control Extension – AXC F XT ETH 1TX

PLCnext Control Extension – AXC F XT IB

Order No. 2403018
  • Up to 512 INTERBUS remote bus devices can be connected
  • Connection of the INTERBUS via 9-pin D-SUB socket
  • Automatic detection of the transmission speed in INTERBUS (500 kBit/s or 2 MBit/s)
  • Electrical isolation between INTERBUS interface and logic
  • Placed on the left side of the controller
PLCnext Control Extension – AXC F XT IB

I/O modules Axioline Smart Elements

  • System-free modules without bus communication
  • Space savings in the installation without limitation of the conductor cross section of 1.5 mm²
  • Enable a broad range of applications and easy commissioning with reduced configuration work
  • Reduced signal line installation times with Push-in Technology
PLCnext Axioline Smart Elements

Extension modul – AXC F IL ADAPT

Order No. 1020304
  • Connector for Inline I/Os
  • 20 mA current consumption
  • 24 V DC supply voltage
  • Degree of protection IP20
PLCnext Control Extension modul – AXC F IL ADAPT

 

Modular software platform

PLCnext Engineer
Order number 1046008

For users who want program according to IEC 61131, there is a new software platform available now, consistent with PLCnext Control. PLCnext Engineer combines all of the basic functions needed for configuration, programming, visualization, and diagnostics. Using function add-ins, additional functions and interfaces can be incorporated into the software easily.

  • Time and cost savings, thanks to fully integrated programming in a single interface
  • Less work and training involved, thanks to the optimized user interface
  • Flexible engineering, thanks to the integration of individual function add-ins in the free basic version
  • Simplified engineering process, thanks to the use of automation modules and object-oriented programming
Screenshot of the PLCnext Store
 

Experience PLCnext Technology Videos, tutorials and more

No matter what you are looking for – short software tutorials, helpful online trainings or live recordings and reports of fairs and events – here you can find all video material related to PLCnext Technology. In order not to miss any new application examples and live reports, you can subscribe to our YouTube Channel and watch the latest clips on a regular basis.


 
 
 
 
 

Awards

The AXC F 2152 PLCnext Control and its basis, PLCnext Technology, have already won multiple awards. The level of innovation, user benefits, and cost-effectiveness of the new control platform have earned special mention. In addition to the Achema Innovation Award, we also had the honor of receiving the German Innovation Award.

We are grateful and delighted to have won these awards.

German Innovation Award
 

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