PLCnext Engineer - Features Overview

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Latest Update:
November 27th, 2019

For detailed information, click on the headline for the regarding section to unfold the features' table:


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AXC F 1050  —   —   — 
AXC F 2152 ✔ (FW 1.x only)
RFC 4072S  —   — 
AXC F 1152 icon new  —   —   — 

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Support of multiple screens  —  Cross-function area Cross-function area; HMI Dynamic and property editor Cross-function area; HMI Dynamic and property editor
Systemfilter
Global cross references
Local cross references  — 
Recycle bin function
Mini Map "Bird view"  — 
Support of Multiple Instances  —   — 

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Background compilation
and syntax check
Download change  — 
Structured Text (ST)
Function Block Diagram (FBD)
Ladder Diagram (LD)
Network orientated editor (NOLD)
Extended variable identifier  — 
Initialisation of
user-defined data types
 — 
Initialisation of
user-defined data instances
 — 
Copy POUs from libraries  —   — 
Overwrite data types from libraries  —   — 
Overwrite POU types from libraries  —   — 
Documentation editor @POUs icon new  —   — 


Object-orientated programming (OOP)

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Methods for function blocks


SFC+ (Sequential Function Chart)

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Basic functions
Interlocks  — 
Watchdog  — 
Type & Info struct  — 
Compact SFC function block representation  — 
Pre- and post-execution worksheet  — 

The first supported PLC is RFC 4072S (Part no. 1051328).

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Profisafe
Network granular CRC
Signal path analysis
Safe semantic analysis
Functional Safety - User libraries
Undo/Redo functionality in safety editor  — 

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Basic forms and elements
Symbols
Symbols in symbol (one level)  —   — 
Animations
Actions - Execute an event
Actions - Multiple events  — 
Actions - Write value  —   — 
Search and replace in symbols and dynamics  — 
Import and export HMI Libraries  — 
Import pages from other projects  — 
Access IEC 61131-3 external variables
Access local variables of function blocks  — 
Tags - primitive types
Tags - Any Bit (e.g. var. %X1)  — 
Tags - Array  — 
Tags - Struct  — 
Tags - Array of Struct  — 
Tags - Local function block variables  —   — 
Folder in HMI application tree  —   — 

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Supported GSDML Profile >= 2.2 2.2 - 2.34 2.2 - 2.35 2.2 - 2.35
Scan for Profinet devices
Global Profinet interface table
(all interface settings in one table)
 — 
MRP configurator  —   — 
PROFINET redundancy  —   — 

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Support for Axioline local bus
Scan for local bus devices  —   —   —   — 

Only in combination with AXC F IL ADAPT (Part no. 1020304) at an AXC F xxxx control !

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Support for Inline local bus  — 

Only in combination with AXC F XT ETH 1TX (Part no. 2403115)

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Network configuration view  — 

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OPC UA Security certification management
OPC UA Data Access configuration view

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Logic analyzer  —    ✔*
Watchwindow
Breakpoints
Execution values -
look at every online value
in your code, any time!
 — 
Debug in functions and methods  —   —   — 

* Supported only for IEC 61131-3 variables


First implementated in PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS

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View Simulink® models
Drill down into submodels
Online values for GDS inports and outports
Multirate models  — 

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User authentication -
PLC access
User authentication -
Change password
 — 
View security certificates of PLC  — 
Login template for web visualization  —   — 
Remembering user credentials  —   — 
Remembering multiple user credentials icon new  —   —   — 

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Network scan for
compatible controllers
PLCopen XML import from PC Worx 6
Device replacement - keeps data of all existing projects  —   — 
Safety Device replacement - keeps data of all existing projects  —   — 
AutomationML - APC (Automation Project Configuration)  —   — 
Project statistic overview - (consumptions and limits)  — 
Native support of 64 bit operating systems (Windows 7/10)
(32 bit systems are not longer supported)
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Download sources with libraries  —   — 
Translation Management (comments and strings)  —   —