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PLCnext Technology - Features Overview

The tables below contain an overview about Phoenix Contact´s current schedule in terms of further developments and enhancements for PLCnext Technology. They are categorized by component types and functions.

Latest Update:
June, 2019

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

The tables below contain an overview about Phoenix Contact´s current schedule in terms of further developments and enhancements for PLCnext Technology. They are categorized by component types and functions.

Latest Update:
June, 2019

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

Operating System

Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Linux Kernel 4.9 LTS 4.14 LTS 4.14 LTS 4.14 LTS
OSADL Preempt real-time patch
NTP
Performance Enhancement - optimized Kernel setting*  -   -   - 

* A benchmark will follow

PLCnext Store

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Solution Apps  - 
Function Extension Apps  -   - 
License mechanism for apps (Copy protection)  -   - 

Security

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Remote SSL connection
User Management - predefined roles
Firewall: nftables
VPN: OpenVPN®
IPSec: StrongSwan®
Trust & Identity Store  - 
TLS Sockets  - 
Use of an external SD card can be
configured and disabled
 -   -   - 

Diagnostic

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
General diagnostic log
Diagnostic view in PLCnext Engineer  - 
WBM - Login authentication
WBM - User Management
WBM - PLC state
WBM - Profinet device list  - 
WBM - Profinet device Tree view  -   -   - 
WBM - Firewall configuration  - 
WBM - Certificate management (Trust & Identity Store)  - 
WBM - Proficloud client settings  - 
WBM - Firmware update  - 
WBM - Overview of installed PLCnext Store apps  -   -   - 
WBM - Status view of external SD card  -   -   - 

Real-Time - Execution & Synchronisation Manager

Tasks

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Default / Idle
Cyclic
System Event Tasks
(e.g. System Events & Exceptions)
 - 
User Event Tasks  -  ✔ (C++ API) ✔ (C++ API) ✔ (C++ API)
Task-synchronous Axioline IO update*  - 
Real-time enhancement -
optimized jitter by using >= 1 ms task
 -   -   - 


* Only supported from PLCnext Controls with Axioline localbus (e.g. AXC F 2152)

IEC 61131-3

For more details please refer to the PLCnext Engineer roadmap.

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Engineering Tool PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS and 2019.3;
new features: PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 only
PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS, 2019.3 and 2019.6;
new features: PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 only
Download changes  - 
AX_Control (Axioline firmware commands)*  - 
IB_Control (Interbus firmware commands)**  - 
Profinet RdRec & WrRec
Profinet Alarm & AR Management  - 
TLS Sockets  - 

* Only supported from PLCnext Controls with Axioline localbus (e.g. AXC F 2152)
** Inline localbus support by additional AXL F IL ADAPT (Article No. 1020304)

Real-Time C++

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Real-Time C++ programs
Call of RSC services
Threads  - 
Retain memory access IEC 61131-3 only
Axioline RSC services  - 
Interbus RSC services  - 
Profinet RSC services  - 
TLS Sockets  - 
License management RSC services  -   -   - 


Real-Time C#

The C# real-time implementation does not support all .NET Framework classes, please find a complete list of supported classes in the PLCnext Technology User Manual.

Supported Microsoft® Visual Studio® versions
v1.0 v2019.0 v2019.3 v2019.6
Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017  - 
IEC 61131-3 runtime features
v1.0 v2019.0 v2019.3 v2019.6
Functions
Function blocks
Programs  -   -   -  ✔*

* C# real-time programs can not be included to a PLCnext Engineer project, but can be executed by manual ESM/GDS configuration.
Please contact your local support team for details.

Simulink®

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
PC Worx Target for Simulink 1.30 and 1.31 1.40 and 1.41 1.40 and 1.41 1.40 and 1.41
PC Worx Target for Simulink - Programs
PC Worx Target for Simulink - Function blocks  - 
PLCnext Engineer - Model Viewer  -    ✔**   ✔**   ✔**
External mode
Co-simulation
Demo mode
Multi-modal instanciation
Parameter tuning  - 
Multirate/Multitasking  - 
Meta-Flagging  - 

* PC Worx Target for Simulink v1.4x will be available mid of July, 2019
** Supported with "PC Worx Target for Simulink" v1.40 and PLCnext Engineer >= 2019.0 LTS

OPC UA server

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Data Access - Primitive datatypes
Data Access - Arrays and Structs  - 
Data Access - PLC status information  - 
Alarm & Condition - Send Alarms  - 
Alarm & Condition - Enable/Disable Alarms  - 
Alarm & Condition - Confirm alarms  - 
Alarm & Condition - Acknowledge alarms  - 
Historical Access* - Primitive datatypes  -   -   - 
Historical Access* - Get history of a specific time frame  -   -   - 
Historical Access* cyclic read  -   -   - 
File Transfer - Access directories and files  - 
File Transfer - Open, read, write, seek, and close files  - 
Support of GDS-Push Certificate Management  - 

* File-based configuration - configuration via PLCnext Engineer will be implemented later

Web server

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
HTML5
HTTPS
Support of PLCnext Engineer HMI
REST Interface* - Access GDS  - 

* REST Interface is available on request

Notification Manager and Logger

First implemented in Firmware 2019.0 LTS.

  Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Register, send and receive notifications (C++)
Log notifications (SQLite DB)
View notifications with PLCnext Engineer cockpit

Task-synchronous Datalogger

First implemented in Firmware 2019.3.

  Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
Logging of GDS ports
SQLite log file  - 
Mode - Infinitive
Mode - On change (Sequence of Event)  - 
Mode - Time frame  - 

Trace Controller

  Firmware 1.2 Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3 Firmware 2019.6
LTTng
User Tracepoints  - 
(C++ and Matlab Simulink)

(C++ and Matlab Simulink)

(C++ and Matlab Simulink)