Hello! I'm the CTO of Inxton! More than a decade ago my pet project turned into a full-time job - INXTON. Now I'm on a mission to bring industrial automation and information technologies together.
Disclaimer: We are not by any means affiliated with Beckhoff. Inxton was developed independently in a company that used most of its PLCs from Siemens and Rexroth. However, the times have changed, and the majority of our PLCs are now from Beckhoff.
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.
Beckhoff also provides a variety of industrial hardware dominated by EtherCAT, and implementations of the rest of the standard industrial buses are not missing.
An important aspect of Beckhoff's solution is the TwinCAT 3 programming tool, which in addition to the traditional way of programming controllers, also offers an object-oriented approach that contributes significantly to the acceleration, clarity, and scalability of solutions.
Part of the Beckhoff ecosystem is the ADS communication standard; characterized by a high throughput and the speed of communication. Beckhoff control systems are a reasonable basis for I4.0 applications.
All in all, the PLC system remains a PLC system that will always have a certain amount of constraints to maintain determinism and hard real-time, and it cannot be expected to have the capabilities of commonly used systems in the information technology world.
We think that the answer to the PLC's limitations is to enable effective collaboration with non-real time systems. — and that is how we developed Inxton.
Part one: Rise of the PLC Systems
Part two: PLCs are Challenged
Part three: Differences in PLC Programming Languages
Part four: What Can Australian Natives Teach Us About Modern PLCs?
Part five: Will Industry 4.0 Save Us?
Part six: PLC Performance Challenges
Part seven: Why Beckhoff PLCs?
Part eight: Connecting PLCs to the .NET Environment