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New automation platform eradicates the traditional boundaries between machine control systems, IT and the Internet of Things.

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With the new ctrlX AUTOMATION platform, centralised and decentralised automation topologies can now be created flexibly. A Linux real-time operating system, open standards, app programming technology, web-based engineering and a comprehensive IoT connection, ctrlX AUTOMATION reduces the engineering time and effort by between 30 and 50%.

The new ctrlX AUTOMATION platform encompasses the latest engineering software technologies and all PLC and motion tasks. Software functions are combinable in any number of ways with ready-made, customised and customisable apps. These apps can be created in a variety of programming languages such as C++, script languages such as Python, or new graphical languages such as Blockly. This gives machine manufacturers new-found freedom.

Programming can be carried out in IEC 61131, PLCopen or G-Code, or in conventional high-level or internet languages. This liberates machine manufacturers from dependency on the availability of PLC specialists and proprietary systems.

Configuration and commissioning of the automation components is completely web-based, eliminating the need to install software. Within minutes of switching the system on, the software is programmed. A completely virtual ctrlX AUTOMATION system environment is available, enabling programming without hardware. System functionalities can be extended at any time via the user’s own process functions, apps, and open source software.

More than 30 direct connection options and communication standards offer maximum networking flexibility for economical end-to-end connectivity from field level up to the cloud. It is also equipped for future communication standards such as TSN and 5G, making it the best system on the market in terms of networking capability.

Based on a new generation of multicore processors which provide enough processing power for almost all automation tasks, these high-performance CPUs can be integrated into embedded PCs, industrial PCs or directly into drives. The all-new hardware and software module will cover all automation tasks from simple control applications and IoT solutions to high-performance motion control.

ctrlX will be available in South Africa through Tectra Automation, a Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group company, towards the end of 2020.

 

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