Weekly Thoughts

The best PLC coding languages in use today

MOST PLC PROGRAMMERS WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING. THE BEST ONE IS THE ONE THEY ARE USING.

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BECKHOFF PLCs OFFER PC BASED CONTROL AND .NET CODING

Nowadays, an iPhone has so much power that it could control 120,000,000 Apollo-era spacecraft to the moon, all at the same time 📲. And whether you like it or not, the iPhone is a computer. A personal one. A PC.

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PLCopen guidelines for Object Orientation

PLCopen has released guidelines for Object Orientation! It's an independent worldwide organization founded in 1992 with members like Intel, ABB, arm, Rexroth, Beckhoff, or Siemens, providing efficiency in industrial automation based on the needs of users.

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TwinCAT 3 with C# for your PLC - Beckhoff examples

This article contains code with simple features like sending an email; sending a text message; sorting an array; making a REST API call; data persistence to a database; generated user interface. BUT with a PLC. PLC is an industrial Arduino on steroids.

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Deep Dive

TcOpen open-source for TwinCAT 3

This article will be a short introduction to the TcOpen initiative - where we are at this point, where we are headed, what the roadmap is, and how you can be part of it.

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Inxton Explained

New Automation with INXTON & BECKHOFF

New Automation with Inxton's framework and Beckhoff's TwinCAT3.

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How can we bring modern features from your smartphone to industrial machines?

Do you know this photo? It’s the first computer produced by the Elliot brothers 64 years ago and a Raspberry Pi. When we adjust the price for inflation, it would cost more than half a million nowadays.

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How can we bring modern PC development to PLC?

Let’s start by looking at what PC and PLC developers have in common. To an untrained eye, it seems like they are doing the same thing. They both solve problems by writing code.

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How can we reuse the work we have already done?

There are plenty of problems in programming and many of them are already solved. These solutions often come in so-called “packages”. And by the way, Inxton is a set of packages too.

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Deep Dive

Fixing the ‘Automation pyramid.’ Does anyone else see that our industry is broken?

There is a relentless rise in the sentiment that the expectations set by Industry 4.0 are far from being realized. Rumour has it that Industry 5.0 is coming, and yet again, we risk contributing a new item to the collection of buzzwords devoid of meaning.

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