Minneapolis, MN — Beckhoff Automation has released TwinCAT 3 and eXtended Automation Technology (XAT), dynamic PC-based control software that expands the potential of the standard automation world considerably. In addition to the object-oriented IEC 61131-3 extensions, the programming languages of the IT world are available in TwinCAT 3 via C and C++.
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In addition, the integration of Matlab®/Simulink® facilitates a connection to scientific fields. All of this is possible in one flexible engineering environment. The software modules can run in different languages within a common runtime. The advantage of this modularity is the improved reuse of modules once they have been written and tested. The runtime operates under demanding real-time conditions with the use of multi-core technology and the support of 32-bit or, in the near future, 64-bit operating systems.
The familiar features of TwinCAT 2 are continued in TwinCAT 3 with the eXtended Automation Architecture (XAA). In addition, all widely used fieldbuses will continue to be supported in the future. Motion control, from point-to-point movements to CNC is still possible using XAA, of course. Automation technology is also significantly expanded with the "Scientific Automation" themes already presented in TwinCAT, such as robotics, measurement technology and condition monitoring. New features include the possibility to use additional programming languages such as C/C++ and Matlab/Simulink eXtended Automation Engineering
The eXtended Automation Engineering environment (XAE) in TwinCAT 3 is essentially the widely used Microsoft Visual Studio® platform. Alongside the already existing C/C++ languages, Beckhoff has also integrated the IEC 61131-3 programming standard into this globally-recognized development environment. As a result, the benefits and convenience of the IT framework are made available for automation. In the TwinCAT 3 eXtended Automation Runtime (XAR), all modules written in IEC 61131, C/C++ or Matlab/Simulink are processed in real-time. The proven TwinCAT real-time extension for Microsoft operating systems is used here. The tasks can be processed with a minimum cycle time of 50µs and a very small amount of jitter. TwinCAT real-time has also been extended with the possibility to distribute certain tasks to different cores of a multi-core CPU. This enhances PC controller performance even further. 64-bit operating systems, which are now widely used, will also be supported by TwinCAT 3.
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