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PLCnext Engineer - Implementation Roadmap

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

Please check back regularly to keep up with the development progress.

Latest update: March, 2019

Software Release Strategy:

The PLCnext Technology Ecosystem (PLCnext Controls, PLCnext Engineer and PLCnext Store) will continue to develop very dynamically in the next years. Therefore we decided to release every year in total four PLCnext Control firmware versions and PLCnext Engineer software versions.

At the beginning of every year we will come up with a Long Term Support (LTS) firmware version. This version is permanently supplied with bugfixes. Each quarter follows a new version with additional features, which will also be included in the next LTS version.

This gives you the possibility to develop your application or app always with the latest versions, and to enjoy new features first!

Version name Release date
PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS Feb. 20th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 March 29th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 End of June, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.9 End of September, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2020.0 LTS End of November, 2019

Outlook

These are the top features, planned to be implemented during the year 2019:

  1. Enhanced performance
  2. Profinet FSU and MRP configuration
  3. Execution indication for IEC 61131-3 code
  4. AutomationML APC - Import and Export function
  5. ACI - Application Control Interface improvements
  6. Automation Module improvements - reuse complete solutions (IEC 61131, I/O configuration, HMI...)
  7. Upload and download of project sources between Engineering and PLC
  8. Debug in IEC 61131-3 methods
  9. Usability improvements

For detailed information, click on the headline for 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 Engineer. They are categorized by component types and functionalities.

Please check back regularly to keep up with the development progress.

Latest update: March, 2019

Software Release Strategy:

The PLCnext Technology Ecosystem (PLCnext Controls, PLCnext Engineer and PLCnext Store) will continue to develop very dynamically in the next years. Therefore we decided to release every year in total four PLCnext Control firmware versions and PLCnext Engineer software versions.

At the beginning of every year we will come up with a Long Term Support (LTS) firmware version. This version is permanently supplied with bugfixes. Each quarter follows a new version with additional features, which will also be included in the next LTS version.

This gives you the possibility to develop your application or app always with the latest versions, and to enjoy new features first!

Version name Release date
PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS Feb. 20th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 March 29th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 End of June, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.9 End of September, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2020.0 LTS End of November, 2019

Outlook

These are the top features, planned to be implemented during the year 2019:

  1. Enhanced performance
  2. Profinet FSU and MRP configuration
  3. Execution indication for IEC 61131-3 code
  4. AutomationML APC - Import and Export function
  5. ACI - Application Control Interface improvements
  6. Automation Module improvements - reuse complete solutions (IEC 61131, I/O configuration, HMI...)
  7. Upload and download of project sources between Engineering and PLC
  8. Debug in IEC 61131-3 methods
  9. Usability improvements

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

Supported PLCs

Controller PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
AXC F 1050  -   -   - 
AXC F 2152
RFC 4072S  -   - 

User Interface

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Support of multiple screens  -  Cross-function area Cross-function area Cross-function area
Systemfilter
Global cross references
Local cross references  - 
Recycle bin function
Mini Map "Bird view"  - 
Support of Multiple Instances  -   -   - 

IEC 61131-3 editor and features

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
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  -   -   - 


Object-orientated programming (OOP)

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Methods for function blocks


SFC+ (Sequential Function Chart)

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Basic functions
Interlocks  - 
Watchdog  - 
Type & Info struct  - 
Compact SFC function block representation  - 
Pre- and post-execution worksheet  - 

Safety IEC 61508 editor

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

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Profisafe  -   - 
Network granular CRC  -   - 
Signal path analysis  -   - 
Safe semantic analysis  -   - 
Functional Safety - User libraries  -   - 

Integrated HMI Editor

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
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  - 

Profinet

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Supported GSDML Profile >= 2.2 2.2 - 2.34 2.2 - 2.34 2.2 - 2.35
Scan for Profinet devices
Global Profinet interface table
(all interface settings in one table)
 - 
MRP configurator)  -   -   - 

Axioline

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Support for Axioline local bus
Scan for Axioline devices  -   -   - 

Inline

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

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Supported of Inline local bus

Ethernet Extension

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

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Network configuration view  - 

OPC UA

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
OPC UA Security certification management
OPC UA Data Access configuration view
OPC UA Historical configuration view  -   -   - 

Debug Support

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
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

Viewer for Simulink

First implementation in PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS

Feature PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
View Simulink® models
Drill down into submodels
Online values for GDS inports and outports

Cyber Security

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
User authentication -
PLC access
User authentication -
Change password
 - 
View security certificates of PLC  - 
Login template for web visualisation  - 

General Features

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 PLCnext Engineer 2019.6
Network scan for
compatible controllers
PLCopen XML import from PC Worx 6
Device replacement - keeps data of all existing projects  - 
AutomationML - APC (Automation Project Configuration)  -   - 
Project statistic overview - (consumptions and limits)  - 
Native support of 64 bit Operation Systems (Windows 7/10)
(32 bit systems are not longer supported)
 - 
Translation Management (comments and strings)  -   -   - 
Download sources with libraries  -   -   -