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Accelerated automation solutions are key to cutting development times and thus being able to adapt production processes more quickly. This increasingly requires a number of developers to work in parallel on an end-to-end solution. However, these specialists often work with different software tools that have variously proven their worth for specific working environments. Although it may seem obvious to switch from these tried-and-tested programming tools to a standardized program for all programming languages to promote smooth collaboration, this is complex, costly and, what's more, presents drawbacks for programmers' workflows. That’s why Phoenix Contact is exhibiting a new open control platform at HANNOVER MESSE 2017 using innovative PLCnext Technology.

The solution on show supports parallel programming based on established software tools, such as Visual Studio, Eclipse, Matlab Simulink and PC Worx, and fully flexible linking of the program code they create. PLCnext Technology can therefore be used, for example, to combine functions as specified in IEC 61131-3 with C/C++, C# and Matlab Simulink routines. This ensures that even software from the open source community can be easily integrated into the Phoenix Contact automation system.