EASIER THAN EVER BEFORE: THE SOFTWARE AND ENGINEERING TOOLBOX
THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOOLBOX FOR ENGINEERING
ctrlX WORKS is the ideal solution for app-based and web-based engineering. Users enjoy maximum flexibility thanks to a full range of software and programming tools. ctrlX WORKS already includes an extensive portfolio of high-performance apps for typical automation tasks. In addition, users can develop their own applications in any programming language or integrate third-party apps. The ctrlX App Store and the ctrlX AUTOMATION Community round off the services for engineering and programming.
Simplicity and the greatest possible degrees of freedom characterize the benefits of ctrlX WORKS.
Flexible and open:
- Integration of your own software
- Additional apps can be added later on
- Unrestricted expandability through apps
Free choice of programming language:
- IEC61131, PLCopen, G-code
- C/C#, Python, Java
- Node-RED, Blockly
Straightforward start-up and engineering:
- App-based and web-based engineering
- Virtual testing without hardware
- ctrlX App Store
- ctrlX AUTOMATION Community
AN EFFECTIVE ENGINEERING SOLUTION IS BASED ON AN EFFECTIVE ARCHITECTURE
ctrlX WORKS is based on one of the world’s most stable and secure Linux operating systems and has an additional real-time extension. Individual functions in the form of apps can be installed and executed without any repercussions for existing apps. It is ideal for today’s requirements as regards engineering and programming which result from bringing together control technology with IT and the IoT.
ctrlX WORKS also scores through the ctrlX Data Layer. With this, Bosch Rexroth connects automation and IT – two worlds that were previously separate. As a central architectural element, it allows any apps to communicate with each other and provides constant access to all data in real time and non-real time. The ctrlX Data Layer is the key to future machine learning solutions and much more.
AS EASY AS A SMARTPHONE: APP-BASED ENGINEERING
With ctrlX WORKS, ctrlX AUTOMATION gives users all the freedoms of app technology found on a smartphone. New automation and control functions can easily be added via an app. At the same time, users can create applications themselves – as necessary and according to preferences – in a variety of programming languages such as C++, script languages such as Python, or new graphical languages such as Blockly. Classic programming, for example with IEC 61131, PLCopen or G-Code, is still possible, but not absolutely necessary.
"ctrlX WORKS offers a range of options, allowing users to keep pace with change and the challenges of software development and to react quickly to changes within the market. At the same time, significant savings can be made: with the engineering apps, machine manufacturers for example can reduce their engineering outlay by up to 50%."
Thomas Maag, Game Changer ctrlX WORKS