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Visit the world's leading international trade fair for embedded systems in Nuremberg, Germany and learn more about PLCnext Technology.

At the Phoenix Contact booth, discover PLCnext Technology, the ecosystem for limitless automation that meets all the requirements of the IoT world. The combination of an open control platform (PLCnext Control), modular engineering software (PLCnext Engineer) and systemic cloud integration enables simple adaptation to changing requirements and efficient use of existing and future software services. With PLCnext Store, Phoenix Contact offers the PLCnext community an open trading platform for your software functions.


Would you like a picture of you in the PLCnext Technology world, too?
Then come visit us in Hall 3, Booth 3-241


Post your PLCnext Technology picture and share it with the PLCnext Community on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook, using the hashtag #iamplcnext


Experience a larger world of automation technology from Phoenix Contact and rethink automation.

#PLCnext #enhance


2018 is already almost over and we still can’t believe everything that has happened. What a year it has been:

The PLCnext Community is growing day by day and we are so happy that you are a part of it. We can’t wait for what’s to come in 2019 – so stay tuned.

Until then we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

Your PLCnext Team

The new PLCnext Store extends the PLCnext Technology ecosystem with a marketplace for apps. This open store offers software solutions, which are specifically for industrial automation technology and extend the functionality of your PLCnext Control.
Speed up your application development or transform the PLCnext Control into a controller for specific automation solutions, without any programming.

Benefit from the offered apps in the PLCnext Store or upload your own apps and profit from a new digital business model.

 #enhance #plcnext

The Achema innovation champions were honored on 12th June 2018 and PLCnext Technology won in the category Instrumentation, Control & Automation. In eight overall categories, the most innovative products were chosen from five shortlist candidates out of about 100 entries. Additionally, there were awards in the three special categories Flexible Production, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Logistics, and Biotech for Chemistry, based on the main topics of the Achema fair. At the award ceremony in Frankfurt, the shortlist candidates and prize winners celebrated with approximately 250 guests.


Shortlisted companies in the category Instrumentation, Control & Automation:

  • Blue Ocean Nova AG, Tellus, Triton,
  • Envea – SWR Engineering Messtechnik GmbH, Paddy
  • Festo AG & Co. KG, Festo Motion Terminal VTEM
  • Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, PLCnext Technology
  • Sopat GmbH,Sopat VI Atex

We are very honored about this Award.


#PLCnext #enhance


Last week, at the annual PNO Plugfest, over 60 people from over 20 different companies connected and tested their Profinet devices in order to establish a stable connection. At the event, all main Profinet Technologies were tested e.g. PROFIdrive, PROFIenergy and the High Availability Profile.

As part of the Profinet Plugfest, Phoenix Contact tested several Profinet devices and controllers such as the new PLCnext Control AXC F 2152. Apart from the PLCnext Control, the company also tested 2 Profinet Devices, which are still in development, with the Profinet redundancy (S2 redundancy). During testing, small vulnerabilities were found that can now be used to purposefully continue and finalize the development. Due to the large number of present Profinet devices, realistic tests of larger plants were able to be carried out. Even here, bugs were found in the detail which can now be resolved quickly.


 The PLCnext Control AXC F 2152 is honored as Winner with the German Innovation Award in the category Connectivity. The industry controller won through over 650 competitors in 34 categories. The award was presented to Wilfried Lücking, Holger Meyer, Ulrich Leidecker today, 6th June 2018 at the Deutschen Technikmuseum in Berlin.

The process to find the most deserving product or project is unique: Companies can only participate if they were nominated by the expert panels and scouts of the German Design Council. This process guarantees the awards independence and excellence.

The German Innovation Award honors products and solutions across industries that primarily focus on the user and have an added value compared to previous solutions. The award is conferred by the German Design Council. The jury comprises independent, interdisciplinary industry, science, institution, and finance experts. The evaluation criteria of all submissions are level of innovation, user benefit, and efficiency.

We are very excited about this award.

#PLcnext #enhance

Our expert Götz Jäckel explains to you in detail how to start off your experience with PLCnext Control.
How do you connect the embedded controller with PC Worx Engineer or I/O devices? How can you use PLCnext Control as a classic PLC? Find all your answers here!
The videos are in German but have English subtitles.

Tutorial: How to connect the embedded controller PLCnext Control with PC Worx Engineer?

This tutorial explains the startup of PLCnext Control with the programming tool PC Worx Engineer, shows the connection of the PLC and how to program it with PC Worx Engineer.


Tutorial: How to connect to and test I/O devices on the PLCnext Control with PC Worx Engineer?

The how-to shows the connection of Axioline F I/O modules to the PLCnext Control with PC Worx Engineer. It further explains how to connect I/O devices to the PLC and how to test them


Tutorial: How to use the embedded controller PLCnext Control as a classic PLC?

This technical tutorial explains how to use the PLCnext Control as a classic programmable logic controller. It also shows programming according to IEC 61131 in a new project in which the in- and outputs of I/O modules are created, transferred to and tested at the PLCnext Control.




Phoenix Contact is going to present PLCnext Technology yet again on an exciting 90 square meters special area. Come visit us between 23th and 27th April 2018 at the Hannover Messe and experience what PLCnext Technology is all about first hand. While learning more about this new technology in our present area, you can get hands-on details and prepared use cases about PLCnext Control, our first controller on the basis of PLCnext Technology. You can even bring your own ideas and application to discuss with our experts and ask concrete questions.

PLCnext Technology stands for an open, hardware-independent framework based on a Linux operating system, as well as for a software platform that combines the robustness and security of the classical PLC with the openness and flexibility of smart devices. It is the solution for open automation, new IoT business models, and challenges of the digitized world of tomorrow.

Learn all about PLCnext Technology in hall 9 and visit us at the Hannover Messe 2018.

#PLCnext #enhance



Two weeks ago we started the series on Phoenix Contact employees telling us more about PLCnext Technology. Now it’s time for Round 2. Find out what Steffen Kauth and Jörg Krimpenfort have to say about new opportunities with PLCnext Technology for young engineers and how our fast-paced lives today changes buying-decisions.

Watch the second video now on YouTube with Jörg Krimpenfort who is Head of Engineering at Phoenix Contact. The video is in German but is available with English subtitles. 

YouTube: Open platform for future-oriented application development 

Then go on and read on LinkedIn what Steffen Kauth, Product Manager for Control Systems, thinks of PLCnext Technology. The article is in English. Please remember, due to technical circumstances please be logged in to your LinkedIn Account before clicking on this Link.

LinkedIn: Do you know what automation technology will look like tomorrow? 


You want to find out more about PLCnext Technology? – Even better.

Visit us at the Hannover Messe between 23-27, April in Hall 9.

Discuss your ideas with our experts, ask your questions, or bring your own application example.
We can’t wait to see you there.


#plcnext #enhance

What's new?

Available now: New Firmware 2019.6

fw2019.6With Firmware 2019.6 , we introduce new and thrilling features in PLCnext Technology - again.

The most interesting thing is our innovative real-time, task-synchronous DataLogger. Record energy data or process steps in next to no time! With the "Record on Change" function, you can keep track which states have changed and when they did. And this all with minimum effort and without programming on your side.

In addition, the embedded OPC UA Server supports Historical Access, so you can access all data recorded by the DataLogger at any time. Read more details on GitHub, and find a config file there.

Firmware 2019.6 also supports MRP Client functions with Profinet devices: The Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP), standardized as IEC 62439-2, allows rings of Ethernet switches to overcome any single failure within a recovery time much faster than achievable with the Spanning Tree Protocol. This feature is highly useful and suitable for most Industrial Ethernet applications.

All the new features will be thrilling to explore, and so we added enhanced performance to the real-time execution as well.

New Video: PLCnext Store - install unexpected possibilities

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A woman works in a bar and has to walk home in the dark every night. Her colleague likes her and knows somebody at the municipal utility but what does all of that have to do with the PLCnext Store?... Watch this new video about the PLCnext Store now available on YouTube and find out.

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Hannover Messe 2019: new releases

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During the Hannover Messe 2019, we updated you about new, innovative products from Phoenix Contact through daily livestreams - two of them were about the PLCnext Store and the new PLCnext Control RFC 4072S. Watch the videos from our livestreams here...

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Available now: New Firmware 2019.3

My Post 20The brand new Firmware 2019.3 is out now:

Use the Profinet Redundancy Layer (PRL) for Profinet devices in order to set up a PLCnext Control AXC F 2152 as an underlying device for the RFC 460R in a redundancy system.

The new dynamic bus configuration for the Axioline local bus allows you to configure the Axioline bus from the application* without having to manually assemble the bus structure beforehand. These and other new firmware features will #enhance your possibilities in PLCnext Technology - again.

The Inline adapter terminal AXC F IL ADAPT is supported by the firmware as well as the new PLCnext Store App types: the first Function Extensions and Runtime apps are now available.

* read, configure and start the Axioline bus using the Axioline RSC Service or the corresponding PLCnext Engineer Function Block - this is not related to the PLCnext Engineer feature "Read Axioline Bus"

PLCnext Technology on Instagram

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Hi everyone,

there's good news: PLCnext Technology has found a new social media home on Instagram.

Be social

We want to strengthen the community. That means please subscribe, share, like, comment and tell all your friends, colleagues, family and - of course - dogs.

Hashtags #plcnext and #iamplcnext

With the hashtags #plcnext and #iamplcnext we want to make our community visible. So if you have an exciting posts about PLCnext Technology, please use these hashtags.

#plcnext #iamplcnext

The IXON Cloud Connector on the PLCnext Store is your gateway to remote access and Industrial IoT

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Connecting PLCs to your web-based IIoT portal has never been easier. Manage, monitor and control your systems, and turn machine data into insights using advanced reporting and alarms with integrated IXON Cloud and connectivity.

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CODESYS Control for PLCnext Technology

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The PLCnext controller from Phoenix Contact can be programmed with the market-leading IEC 61131-3 tool CODESYS.

Watch the following video for further information.

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Feel the pulse of your machinery SIGA & PLCnext Technology

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SIGA OT Solutions and Phoenix Contact have been collaborating for several years, by employing Phoenix Contact's conditioners, measuring transducers, communication modules and other accessories as integrated components of SIGA solutions and SIGAPlattform product line. Recently, Phoenix Contact invited SIGA to integrate its SigaCloud App with its trailblazing control technology, called PLCnext Technology.

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