PC-based control software
posted by Kari Embree, Senior Digital Content Editor -- Packaging Digest, 8/19/2013 11:04:09 AM
Continuing to push the multi-tasking performance of powerful PC-based controllers and software, Beckhoff Automation will exhibit expanded eXtended Automation solutions, a refreshed range of stainless steel automation devices, industrial multi-touch technology and the landmark TwinCAT version 3.1 software at Pack Expo 2013.
From September 23–25, 2013, the Beckhoff booth # 2927 in the Las Vegas Convention Center's Central Hall will be a one-stop information hub for companies devoted to packaging, food processing, manufacturing and more to find cost-cutting and performance-enhancing methods to implement world-class automation. Everything from the game-changing eXtended Transport System (XTS), to TwinCAT 3.1 PC-based control software with eXtended Automation, to eXtreme Fast Control (XFC) with EtherCAT, to high performance PC-based controllers and more will be demoed for Pack Expo's global attendees in Beckhoff's sizeable booth.
TwinCAT 3.1 adds valuable new features for eXtended Automation
One of the core concepts of eXtended Automation in TwinCAT 3.1 involves the convergence of automation with time- and cost-saving tools from the domain of IT and computer science. A key update with TwinCAT 3.1 is support of 64-bit operating systems and the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system specifically. Support of IEC 61131-3 programming languages is continued, providing numerous optional tools to the TwinCAT programmer such as object-oriented programming (OOP), C/C++ and Matlab/Simulink. TwinCAT 3.1 also provides the ability to reserve individual CPU cores of a multi-core processor exclusively for TwinCAT. This feature, known as "CPU Isolation," gives the full performance of the reserved cores solely to TwinCAT.
"At this year's Pack Expo, the combination of TwinCAT 3.1 and the revolutionary eXtended Transport System will reenergize packaging automation," saysJoe Martin, packaging and converting sales manager, Beckhoff Automation.
"Visitors to Beckhoff's booth at Pack Expo 2013 will join the ever-growing movement toward modern PC-based controls and EtherCAT industrial Ethernet technology to multitask and reduce the reliance on various expensive, dedicated devices. This helps drive out cost, facilitates the evolution of automation, improves performance and enhances system flexibility."