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Enjoy the live augmented reality show on the SPS IPC Drives fair 2017.

Benjamin Homuth (Manager Product Marketing Software and System) introduce
the PLCnext Technology with the first PLCnext Control (AXC F 2152) and
our ideas behind the slogan

"PLCnext Technology - enhance your automation thinking"



#enhance #plcnext


Watch the following videos to learn more about the key features and benefits of the PLCnext Technology.

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PLCnext Technology is more than just another usual IEC 61131-3 PLC family.

We created PLCnext Technology to combine the stability of classical PLCs with the flexibility and openness of modern software engineering and to meet the daily requirements of today's project teams.

In the following, the PLCnext Technology architecture is explained and you can explore the new way of automation thinking.

Watch also the What is PLCnext Technology!

The first controller with PLCnext Technology is the AXC F2152 - Release on the SPS/IPC Drives end of November.

It combines an outstanding performance in a small package with a modular design.
Use our fast and robust Axioline IO modules to collect information from the field and the upcoming PCI express left site extensions to use additional Ethernet ports and functional safety.

With the wide temperature range (-25°C up to 60°C) and outstanding EMC characteristics can the AXC F 2152 also be used under extreme conditions.

Contact your local Phoenix Contact representation and reserve one of the first controls!

One control for many applications - PLCnext Control AXC F 2152!

Read more for the technical details.

One of the key features of PLCnext Technology is to give the application engineers the freedom to implement programs generated with different engineering environments and languages into their applications with a maximum of flexibility. This means that these programs have to be executed by the operating system as independent applications (shared objects).
With PLCnext Technology, users do not have to care about the scheduling of these tasks. This is managed by the ESM (please see the Execution & Synchronisation Manager for details).

The inter task communication is managed by an innovative, port-based data exchange concept which is called Global Data Space (GDS).

Figure 1 Inter task communication with ESM & GDS

Unlike consumer applications on "standard" PCs many embedded or automation applications require a high degree of determinism and "hard real-time" capabilities.

Therefore the use of a real-time operating system is mandatory for control systems. A lot of different real-time operating systems are available on the market today.
Some of them have been specifically designed for real-time operations. Others are based on "standard" operating systems, complemented by specific real-time extensions and/or patches.
One of these operating systems is Linux.

Standard Linux distributions, like Debian or Ubuntu, are designed as "standard" operating systems and do not fulfil real-time demands.
Linux has become more and more popular in the world of embedded systems and is already used in many devices of everyday use as well as in industrial applications.

In order to enable Linux to meet hard real-time conditions, dedicated real-time patches are used. One of these patches has been created and is maintained by the OSADL (
But even when the operating system has now real-time capabilities, it is up to the end-user to create a stable real time application...

Read more to find out what challenges has to be solved creating a real-time application directly on Linux and why this is so easy by using the PLCnext Technology!