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Beckhoff Automation L.L.C. has released its TwinCAT 3 automation software that the company said enables remote control of TwinCAT engineering systems and the automatic generation of programs and configurations.
Depending on the degree of automation, manual processing of control projects and the associated errors can be reduced or eliminated, Beckhoff said. The quality of the software engineering is increased while programming time and costs are reduced by the automation of project generation, according to the firm.
TwinCAT Automation Interface increases efficiency, the company claims, enabling remote access and control. Beckhoff said it provides the user with a programming interface that can be used for remote control of the TwinCAT system. This enables external control of nearly all offline and online functions.
The Automation Interface consists of several programming routines available to the user within the Automation Interface API in the form of classes and methods. These enable TwinCAT projects to be generated, changed and saved in a standard and flexible manner—in conjunction with a source code database such as Team Foundation Server, if desired, according to Bechhoff.
The integration of the TwinCAT engineering system into the Microsoft Visual Studio developer's environment opens further application possibilities for the Automation Interface, the company said, as the openness of Visual Studio and TwinCAT enables programmers to write their own plug-ins in addition to providing direct integration into the development environment.
For more information, visit www.beckhoffautomation.com/TwinCAT3.