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PLCnext Factory TourIn the PLCnext Factory, the production facility of Phoenix Contact Electronics in Germany, products for automation, safety applications and network security are produced. Digitization in production requires above all a change in thinking. This concerns not only the use of digitization in production processes and in the products themselves, but above all how we work and how we approach our processes.​  And that's exactly what we want to show you in the PLCnext Factory Tour: New thinking in digital production, new thinking for innovative products, new thinking in processes, working methods and management. 


The first live PLCnext Factory tour starts on 31 May 2021.

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2021 3 becomes 2021 6


One of the most important benefits of the feature release 2021.3 was a major kernel update from version 4.14  LTS to 5.4 LTS.
Although almost all release tests were passed, we had to realize that the new version with the kernel update does not fully meet our quality expectations.

Therefore, we have decided not to release the firmware version 2021.3 and instead to focus on the next feature version 2021.6.

But of course our usual product maintenance for the LTS version continues. From Monday 10 may you will find the latest update 2021.0.5 with some security and other improvements in the download area.

Please check the change notes for more details.

Firmware 2021.0 LTS

Some of you avid users will have taken notice of the 2021.0 LTS update for the PLCnext firmware that had been released in December 2020.The 2021.0 LTS is wrapping up all the changes made in the 2020 feature releases and adding a bunch of improvements, such as:

  • the Global Data Space retain variables in real-time programming according to IEC 61131-3
  • providing Proficloud V3 services for all PLCnext Control series, containing device management and firmware updates as well as a new popular time-series data service.
  • new pages in the Web-based Management for HTTPS certificate configuration
  • for a better Docker support, co-existence of iptables and nftables in the default firewall configurations
  • several improvements for OPC UA connections
  • HMI via PLCnext Engineer now supporting and multi-language projects (see the Tutorial video)
  • and, of course, a lot of housekeeping

    Note: Please make sure to check the notifications of the Product Security Incidence Response Team (PSIRT) from time to time to find out how to prevent security threats.

But that wasn’t enough.

With a short delay, we can now proudly announce that …

PLCnext Technology Starterkit video series with RealParsWatch the unboxing of the new PLCnext Technology starterkit. The first video of a whole series is online right now. The Youtube video is created by RealPars, an online platform for industry learning. In this video, they are going to identify all the PLCnext Technology starterkit bits and pieces in the box that arrived at their door. They are also going to familiarize you with everything in the box and discuss the purpose and function of each item. More videos are coming soon on how to configure and program our innovative PLC soon. Stay tuned for new easy-to-follow videos and articles from RealPars.


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About RealPars - RealPars offers its users the opportunity to create progress through industrial technology and develop the skills of tomorrow. With hands-on industrial courses authored by industry experts, the platform helps businesses and individuals’ close skills gaps in critical areas, innovate faster and deliver on key objectives

Merry Christmas and a Happy new YearThe year 2020 was a very special year for all of us. The corona virus abruptly interrupted our daily routine. Thanks to digital outlets, we were able to stay in contact and keep you up to date. Many thanks to your continous support, your ideas and discussions. Our highlight of 2020 was you!

We wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday season and a great start to 2021. Hopefully the next year is filled with health and happiness. May 2021 be an extraordinary one!

Please note: During the holiday season, support is only available to a limited extent from 21 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs:

On Monday, October 12, 2020, from 7:00 to 15:00 UTC, the PLCnext Store website will temporarily shut down for updates and maintenance.

After the update, the following improvements will be available:

  • License distribution via ERP:
    • Licenses for paid Phoenix Contact apps can be made available to our customers via the ERP system in the form of ticket IDs.
    • Customers can import these ticket IDs and activate the licenses inside the PLCnext Store.
  • Next rollout step:
    • Paid Phoenix Contact apps will now be visible in the following countries:
      USA, Japan, India, Australia, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey.
  • User interface:
    • The menu structure is optimized for faster navigation.
    • A redesigned tabular overview allows you to see all apps and licenses on your device at a glance.
  • User support:
    • A Zendesk widget has been added to take up user questions regarding the handling of the store.
    • The Zendesk widget replaces the Store chat.
  • Registration process:
    • Role choice between "Buyer" and "Contributor” removed.
    • Contributor registration is now handled separately inside the PLCnext Store.

Additional contributor-related improvements:

  • License testing:
    • App developers can now create test licenses for already published apps.
  • Support process:
    • Each app has an individual email address for support purpose. This email address is not visible to the inquirer.
    • App specific messages are entered into an input window.

We hope you’ll enjoy your "omelette" when the brand new PLCnext Store is online. See you soon!

Yaskawa Moto The shared goal of Yaskawa, an industrial robotics and mechatronics manufacturer, and Phoenix Contact, a manufacturer of automation solutions, is to drive forward the transition away from proprietary solutions towards an open and future-proof ecosystem for industrial automation. Yaskawa, a leading company in this industry, has decided to use PLCnext Technology. As a part of this framework, Phoenix Contact will license its PLCnext runtime environment to Yaskawa and has agreed upon joint further development. Yaskawa plans to use the PLCnext runtime system in the fields of Motion Controls and Robotics, initially in Europe and the USA.

Check out our PLCnext Open Source Community on GitHub, where we share lots of example code snippets, project ideas, tutorial code and now (new!) the PLCnext Command Line Interface. The PLCnext CLI is our tool for programming in high level languages for the PLCnext Technology ecosystem. You can now build an up-to-date version of the PLCnext CLI that includes the very latest bug fixes, or even build your own customised version. Test the newest features or contribute your ideas. Make the PLCnext CLI better for yourself, and for the community.

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