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Ask the Expert - PLCnext with Phoenix Contact

The rise of Industry 4.0 is creating demand for smart, connected PLCs for use across the industrial automation landscape.

In this Ask the Expert we sat down with Andrew Ellis from Phoenix Contact to take a look at the PLCnext ecosystem. We discussed the driving forces behind the development of the PLCnext controllers and explored some of the unique features offered, along with benefits such as IEC 62443 security certification.

Features discussed include the PLCnext Store and Community, the edge computing abilities of a PLCnext controller, and the cloud compute offering “Proficloud” from Phoenix Contact.

Andrew also talked us through how flexible the PLCnext controllers are, not only with their hardware modularity, but also software modularity thanks to the use of industry-standard protocols and open-source technologies such as Linux.

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