Weekly Thoughts

Growing PLCs from Simple Logic Controllers to Complex Solutions

With more than 200k free libraries and a community of millions of programmers, there is no such thing as an impossible task with Inxton. We are talking about NuGet.org, where programmers and companies share their libraries for free. We are talking...

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How Can We Create a Better Future By Combining C# and .NET with Beckhoff Twincat3

What’s the crème de la crème of proven concepts? We would say it's a wheel. It even has its own saying: Do not reinvent the wheel! When we reinvent the wheel it’s usually because we are not aware of the existing solution.

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How Can We Code a PLC, Not Draw in Ladder?

Have you used Gmail, Outlook, or an app on your phone recently? 📱🌐 Of course, you have. It’s almost impossible to avoid them. You may not realize it, but there are millions of lines of code under the hood.

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How Can We Focus on What to Do With PLCs and Not How to Do It?

You're a visionary. Even though you don't believe it 👀 You’ve got a vision. It's blurry, but with time it gets clearer. Blinded by the idea, you don't see any obstacles along the road. That's good. There's a visionary inside you. An innovator.

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How Can We Use Our Laziness In a Good Way in the PLC World?

Imagine, you’re sitting on the couch, watching a movie, while you’re supposed to do the other thing. Your dishes. It’s not hard work, but let’s face it – you’re probably too lazy to stand up from the comfort zone and do the unsatisfying work.

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Deep Dive

10 Years Ago, We Decided to Switch to Beckhoff PLCs. Here's Why.

In this comparison, two main aspects are considered: the overall ecosystem of a given platform, and the programming/software development tools. Some background: The perspective here is of a programmer working in a company (MTS) that builds single-purpose machines — each original, rarely repeating projects.

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How to Eliminate Dull Work for PLC Programmers

Each of us is limited by time. You just cannot shrink it, neither stretch it. Time is relative, so working on something repetitive and dull feels like days. Eventually, it gets tedious. Sooner or later, you’ll make a mistake.

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History of PLCs

Part Eight: Connecting PLCs to the .NET Environment

It all started with a thought: what if we mirror the PLC program into some higher-level framework? We knew that if we could do that, a whole slew of new opportunities in PLC programming would open up for us and for everyone else, too. The sky (and our coffee supplies) was the limit!

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History of PLCs

Part Seven: Why Beckhoff PLCs?

Among the existing systems, several solutions solve the issue of the object implementation we talked about last time. For us, the best solution comes from Beckhoff. The Beckhoff control systems are built on a sophisticated hardware solution for personal computers and a PLC core capable of running in hard real-time.

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History of PLCs

Part Six: PLC Performance Challenges

So, what do PLC systems need in order to walk alongside IT technologies?

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