Featuring an open software architecture as well as open choice of programming language and app technology, the ctrlX AUTOMATION platform from Bosch Rexroth removes boundaries between machine control systems, IT, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Centralized and decentralized automation topologies can now be created flexibly with the scalable platform.
The ctrlX AUTOMATION platform integrates engineering software and all PLC and motion tasks. Software functions are combinable in any number of ways, with ready-made, customized and customizable 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. ctrlX AUTOMATION offers users a choice of whether to program in IEC 61131, PLCopen, G-Code, or in conventional high-level or Internet languages.
Configuration and commissioning of the automation components is completely web-based, eliminating the need to install software. 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. ctrlX AUTOMATION 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.