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The digital marketplace for automation: PLCnext Store

The digital marketplace for automation: PLCnext Store


Hello and welcome life from the
Hannover Messe. At my site today is Benjamin Homuth. He is responsible for
our control technology and the software around our controllers. So, Benjamin, you
brought us a new control but I think we’re not talking about the
hardware today, right? That’s right. I’ve brought up a PLCnext
Control. The new one of PLCnext Control is not the PLC functionality but
the openness. So the PLCnext control stands for our open ecosystem, the PLCnext technology. So for everyone who hasn’t heard of it before, what is the PLCnext Technology Ecosystem? With PLCnext Technology it is possible to combine the technology is coming from the IT sector with the OT technologies. So it is possible to use
different programming languages like high level languages C++, C Sharp and you can combine that was the standard 61131. And all together you get a seamless
application then and you can stay in the favorite programming tool, you can
use Visual Studio, you can use Eclipse and of course you can use our PLCnext
Engineer for that. PLCnext Control stands for this PLCnext
Technology Ecosystem but yeah this is not the only member, we have more than
that, we have the PLCnext Engineer which is our software for the
programming, for the parameterization and for the commissioning of the controller
and we have the PLCnext communities, so that surrounds everything about the
controller and our newest member the PLCnext Store. So we have the control, the programming tool, the community and the store. How can I mention the PLCnext Store? The PLCnext Store is a marketplace around all the software that is available for the PLCnext Control, so you can download or
upload software that we can use for the controller to extend it with additional
functionalities. Ok, so it really remembers me of the app store I have on my mobile phone, so what kind of apps do we have in the PLCnext Store? In the PLCnext Store we can find different type of apps, so you can find a function extension to extend the controller with additional functionalities, if you like to have additional programming
languages, you can download additional runtimes to use 61499 for example or
if you like codices you can download the coders runtime from the store or if you
like to extend the engineering you can use the libraries that are all
available in the store. And you can download that and integrate into the engineering, too, yeah, accelerate your development with the store. Ok, so the apps are a little bit different than the weather app I have on my mobile phone, so far really apps for industrial controllers. Who uses these apps or who
uses the app store in general, the PLCnext Store? Yeah, I think the app store is interesting
for a user and a software provider. So for software providers we offer a
platform where the software providers can create the software directly
for our PLCs and so we offer a completely new sales channel for them. So they can use our controller and an industrial controller to port their
applications and the users will benefit from the wide range of software that is
available in the store and they can accelerate their development with a
pre-programmed software that is available and that they can download to
get a faster time to market with it. So not only the PLC programmers are in demand but also the app programmers. Okay so time is nearly over, last question: Where do you see the app store or the PLCnext Store in let’s say five years? We would like to develop the PLCnext Store close to the market so we would like to have feedback from the contributors, from the users to develop it in the right way. And five years is a long time but I think we will increase
the amount of apps that are available in the store and the amount of contributors
so that our customers can benefit from our ecosystem and the available apps
that they can use to accelerate their development . So our customers can really contribute to develop the store together with you and your team. Yeah, that’s right. The collaboration is very important here so we would like to you
to have a platform and the community. The PLCnext community is very important
for that as well so that the user can ask the user “okay, how can I do that, how
can I realize such application” and if it’s already done he can find the
application in the store and then he doesn’t need to program it by himself for
example. Sounds really good. I think this is a very good ending for our live stream. Thank you for letting me ask you so many questions. I hope you got a good
impression of the PLCnext Store now, check it out at plcnextstore.com. I hope I’ll see you for the next live stream in about three hours about our new EV
Charging Suite software. Thanks for watching, don’t forget to subscribe on
YouTube and see you in a few hours.

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