PLCnext Control

PLCnext Control

Open and innovative

PLCnext Control devices are PLCs designed for PLCnext Technology and your future automation applications.

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PLCnext Control devices let you work flexibly with your preferred programming languages, whether they are IEC 61131-3 or high-level languages. Unlimited flexibility with the quick and easy integration of open-source software and apps, current and future communication standards, and intelligent networking through connection to the cloud afford maximum freedom for your transition into the digital age.

Your advantages

  • PLCs with different performance classes allow ideal adaptation to your automation task
  • Integrated connection to Proficloud enables you to analyze your global machine and system data
  • The PLCnext Control devices can be tailored to your relevant application using open-source software and apps
  • Open Linux operating system and high-level language support
  • PLCnext Control devices are part of the COMPLETE line system

Open and innovative – PLCnext Control devices from the Axiocontrol series

AXC F 2152 PLCnext Control device  

Open PLCnext Control device from the Axiocontrol series

Phoenix Contact offers several PLCs for PLCnext Technology in its robust Axiocontrol series. They are designed for programming with high-level languages, as well as classic IEC 61131-3 languages.

The PLCs can be extended with modules for the Axioline and Inline IP20 I/O systems. Furthermore, you can also add a hardware function, such as an additional Ethernet port, to the left of the AXC F 2152 and AXC F 3152 PLCnext Control devices.

Security is based on a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) where user certificates can also be stored. A cloud connection can be established by simply scanning the QR code printed directly on the PLC.

If you would prefer to try out the operating principle, handling, and performance capabilities of PLCnext Technology in a small-scale application first, you can use either of the two starter kits with pre-installed components for your test applications. When you order the starter kit, you will receive one year’s exclusive free access to Proficloud.

Safe and high performance – PLCnext Control devices for large networks with safety devices

RFC 4072S PLCnext Control device  

PLCnext Control device with high performance for high-level languages

The new RFC 4072S is the first high-performance controller for PLCnext Technology. It combines maximum safety, due to the use of two independent CPUs, with a high-performance four-core system, which can operate very large networks with up to 300 safety-related devices.

The simple user interface with improved handling thanks to the resistive touch screen ensures a high level of monitoring.

With the embedded OPC UA server, the PLC is already equipped to handle future demands today with the use of a standardized communication protocol.

Standard and safety programming can be implemented via the PLCnext Engineer PLC programming software.

Data-centered and compact – PLCnext Control for edge computing

PLCnext Control for edge applications in two performance classes  

PLCnext Control for edge applications in two performance classes

PLCnext Control devices for edge applications allow you to create IoT edge solutions for making the best cloud-based use of data from the field. This allows you to close the gap between the IT and OT worlds. PLCnext Technology allows easy integration into existing IT infrastructure.

You can reduce development and provision times using pre-installed software tools such as Node-RED, a local time series database, and a simple cloud connection. Data processing in close physical proximity to the user allows information to be exchanged quickly, securely, and without latency. An integrated web-based management tool guarantees simple and secure management. Moreover, the edge device is particularly compact and cooled passively in a full metal housing.

Easy to extend

PLC extensions for safety, Ethernet, and INTERBUS  

PLC extensions for safety, Ethernet, and INTERBUS

Extend the functions of your PLCnext Control device (AXC F 2152 or AXC F 3152) with a safety, Ethernet, or INTERBUS module that can be aligned to the left of the controller. This makes an additional Ethernet interface available for the INTERBUS master, which can be used to integrate INTERBUS remote bus devices into the station. The left-alignable PROFIsafe extension is a fully functional safety-oriented small-scale PLC which extends the functional scope of your PLCnext Control device for safety applications up to SIL 3. Connect up to three modules to your PLC with an additional extension module.

PLCnext Engineer PLC programming software and plugins

PLCnext Engineer PLC programming software  

PLCnext Engineer PLC programming software with plugins for individual software solutions

PLCnext Engineer is the flexible PLC programming software for the new PLC generation with PLCnext Technology. It combines all of the basic functions needed for configuration, programming, visualization, and diagnostics. Well-defined interfaces, object-oriented programming, and individually adaptable functions are just a few of the new features.

You can use the PLCnext Technology Developer Tools for Visual Studio to program your own IEC 61131-3 blocks. The setup includes all of the tools you will need to easily create your own libraries with functions and function blocks programmed in C#.

For programming in C++, you will need the Software Development Kit (SDK) that corresponds to the firmware for your controller and operating system. Here, we recommend Eclipse as the development environment with our plugin and the Library Builder for creating programs for PLCnext Engineer.

Apps for PLCnext Control in the PLCnext Store

PLCnext Store  

Apps for PLCnext Control in the PLCnext Store

Software applications (apps) for industrial applications in the field of automation technology are available for download from the PLCnext Store. They allow you to add more technical functions to PLCnext Control devices easily and directly.

Accelerate your application development process and use solution apps, without needing any additional programming knowledge.

Ready-to-use: This means that with the PLCnext Store, a PLCnext Control device can, for example, be transformed into a solar park PLC easily and without programming.

Phoenix Contact already provides numerous software libraries for PLCnext Engineer. They are now available to you as apps in the PLCnext Store for easy downloading.

Using a function extension, a PLCnext Control device can be easily extended with your preferred runtime environment, such as CODESYS. This allows you to also use industry-specific programming languages.


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