Software PLC for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista or Windows 7
The TwinCAT PLC is programmed in accordance with IEC 61131-3 independently of the manufacturer. Online connections with PLC runtime systems around the world can be implemented with TCP/IP or via fieldbuses on the IPC.
TwinCAT PLC programming system
TwinCAT PLC offers all the languages in the IEC 61131-3 standard and has a powerful development environment for programs whose code size and data regions far exceed the capacities of conventional PLC systems.
Online connection via networks
Changes to programs or data are supported by a very powerful link to the runtime systems, which can also operate over a network. All the usual facilities of a PLC are available.
Any Windows programs, for instance visualisation programs or Office programs, can access TwinCAT data via Microsoft interfaces or control the PLC.
Practically oriented properties
Diagnosis using standard PC techniques
Changes of any size to program and data can be carried out “online”. Error location and correction (debugging) is supported by aid of a very powerful link to the runtime system. This can also be used over a network. All the usual features of a PLC are available.
|PC hardware||standard PC/IPC hardware, no extras|
|Operating systems||version-dependent: Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista, Windows 7/10, Windows CE|
|Target systems||PC (x86), Windows CE devices, Beckhoff Fieldbus Controllers (BCxxxx, BXxxxx, IL230x-Cxxx)|
|Real-time||Beckhoff real-time kernel (only 32-bit operating systems, only one core is used)|
|Runtime system||max. 4 multi-tasking PLCs each with 4 tasks in each PLC run-time system, development and run-time systems on one PC or remote programming via TCP/IP|
|Memory||process image size, flags area, program size, POU size, number of variables only limited by the size of the user memory (max. 2 GB under NT/2000/XP/Vista)|
|Cycle time||50 µs upwards selectable (typically 1 ms)|
|Link time||1 µs (Intel® Core™2 Duo)|
|Programming||IEC 61131-3: IL, FBD, LD, SFC, ST, CFC, powerful library management|
|Debugging||online changes in programs and variables, online monitor, execution control, breakpoints, write, force, step, data trace, remote debugging via TCP/IP|
|Remanence||remanent and persistent data, UPS supported storage on hard disk, storage in NOVRAM as option|
|I/O system||free choice of fieldbus: EtherCAT, PROFIBUS DP/MC, CANopen, DeviceNet, Interbus, SERCOS, Lightbus, Ethernet (printer port, COM port, USB), PC cards: generic memory DPRAM support|
|Connectivity||variable access via OPC, Beckhoff ADS OCX/DLL, .NET|
|TX1200||license for using the IEC 61131-3 PLC automation software, including programming software and runtime system|
|TS4100||The TwinCAT Controller Toolbox library contains blocks for basic controllers (P, I, D), complex controllers (PI, PID), pulse width modulation, ramps, signal generators, filters.|
|TS4110||IEC 61131-3 software library for TwinCAT PLC for temperature control|
|TS5810||IEC 61131-3 software library for TwinCAT PLC for controlling hydraulic axes|
|TS6255||IEC 61131-3 software library for TwinCAT PLC with Modbus RTU function blocks for serial communication with Modbus devices|
|TS6340||IEC 61131-3 software library for TwinCAT PLC for communication via serial devices|
|TS8010||IEC 61131-3 software library for TwinCAT PLC for execution of basic functions in the building automation area (basic library)|
|TS1600||The TwinCAT Engineering Interface Server integrates drivers for interfacing with Microsoft Visual Source Safe or Subversion.|