Automation technology for PLCnext Technology

Use our broad portfolio of automation technology to equip your system for the IIoT and Industry 4.0 with PLCnext Technology.

Work with your preferred programming languages, whether IEC 61131-3 or high-level languages such as C/C++, C#, or MATLAB® Simulink® in real time.

Integrate open-source code and apps, or network with PLCnext Control via cloud connections.

Why you should use automation technology for PLCnext Technology

  • PLCs with different performance classes and optimized for various fields of application enable ideal adaptation to your automation task

  • Connection to various cloud services such as allows you to analyze your global machine and system data

  • PLCnext Control can be tailored to your relevant application using open source software and apps

  • Open Linux operating system and support for high-level languages including an optimized development environment

  • Tailored extensions of the PLC functionality and modularity of the I/Os enable custom-fit automation systems

PLCnext Technology connects the IT and OT worlds

Ready your application for IIoT and Industry 4.0

PLCnext Technology is the ecosystem for industrial automation consisting of open hardware, modular engineering software, a global community, and a digital software marketplace.

Digitalization and globalization are placing new demands on industrial automation. The precisely-tailored design of the open automation system is just as important as flexible, modular expansion.

In addition to standard PLC programming in accordance with IEC 61131-3, parallel programming and the combination of programming languages such as C/C++, C#, and MATLAB® Simulink® in real time is also possible with PLCnext Control.

Accelerate your application development process with the free basic version of PLCnext Engineer.

Or use your familiar programming environment – you decide!

Through simple cloud integration, the option to use open source software, and the constantly growing expertise of the PLCnext Community, you thus benefit from new forms of collaboration. The resulting solutions apps, software modules, runtime systems, and function extensions are available in the PLCnext Store and ensure enormous time and cost savings when creating applications.

This makes PLCnext Technology the ideal ecosystem for your modern automation challenge.

Open and innovative – modular PLCnext Control from the Axiocontrol series

The robust Phoenix Contact Axiocontrol series features several PLCs in various performance classes for PLCnext Technology. They are designed for programming with high-level languages, as well as classic IEC 61131-3 languages.

The PLCs can be extended with modules for the Axioline and Inline IP20 I/O systems.

You can also add further hardware functions, such as an additional Ethernet port or safety and AI functions, to the left of the AXC F 2152 and AXC F 3152 PLCnext Control.

Security is based on a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) where user certificates can also be stored. The controllers in this series are the first PLCs to be certified by TÜV Süd to IEC 62443-4-1 ML 3 Full Process Profile in combination with IEC 62443-4-2. This confirms that the Secure Development Life Cycle was fully applied in developing PLCnext Control.

Product certification in accordance with IEC 62443-4-1/-4-2 confirms that a product has been developed safely and provides information about which technical safety requirements have been implemented. Activating the security profile also gives you access to an extensive range of security level 2 (SL2) functions.

Safe and redundant – PLCnext Control for large networks

With the high-performance controllers for PLCnext Technology, you can realize, among other things, automation applications that place high demands on safety or availability.

For applications requiring the highest safety level, play it safe with our safety controllers up to SIL 3.

They combine:

  • maximum safety, due to the use of two independent CPUs
  • high-performance four-core system which can operate very large networks with up to 300 safety-related devices

Redundant automation systems help you reduce downtimes, work cost-effectively, and also avoid potential dangers, such as in tunnels or at airports. The integrated redundancy function based on fiber optics means that the process is not interrupted if one controller fails or is replaced. The RFC controller is based on PROFINET and establishes system redundancy automatically with AutoSync Technology.

  • high-level monitoring: both RFCs feature a simple user interface with improved handling with a resistive touch screen.

With the embedded OPC UA server, the PLCs are already equipped to handle future demands today with the use of a standardized communication protocol.

High modularity in the automation system with I/Os

Do you need I/Os for your automation system?

With the extensive portfolio of I/O modules, PLC stations which optimally implement the respective application requirements can be set up in accordance with the modular principle.

You can then connect the block-modular I/O modules from the Axioline F product family as well as the Axioline Smart Elements, which can be assembled flexibly in a confined space, to an Axiocontrol series PLCnext Control.

In addition to digital and analog modules, the I/O portfolio also includes various function modules. Some Axioline F modules are also available in versions for very harsh ambient conditions.

Are you already using the Inline I/O system from Phoenix Contact for the automation of your systems and would you like to benefit from additional advantages in the future by upgrading to the PLCnext Technology ecosystem?

The Inline adapter terminal allows you to outfit an existing I/O station easily with a PLCnext Control, thereby enabling the successive modernization of an existing system.

The appropriate I/O functions can be selected and the I/O station configured quickly and without errors using the Project+ software.

Extend PLCnext Control functionality

Extend the functions of your PLCnext Control (AXC F 2152 or AXC F 3152) with a safety, Ethernet, or AI module that can be aligned to the left of the controller, for example.

This allows you to provide an additional Ethernet interface and to optimize your controller for applications with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The left-aligning PROFIsafe extensions are fully functional safety-oriented PLCs that extend the functional scope of your PLCnext Control for safety applications up to SIL 3.

Connect up to three modules to your PLC with an additional extension module.

Classic control technology in accordance with IEC 61131

Would you like to program in accordance with IEC 61131-3?

Phoenix Contact offers classic control technology in all performance classes to satisfy your requirements.

Use our controllers, for example, in machine building and systems manufacturing, renewable energy, or automotive applications.

Utilize our controller portfolio with the matching I/Os or select a high-performance controller for maximum performance.

Your advantages with control technology in accordance with IEC 61131

  • Communicative with integrated, freely programmable web server as well as a large interface and protocol diversity

  • Durable with the sturdy housing and EMI-resistant electronics

  • High degree of flexibility and extendibility with numerous I/Os perfectly tailored to the PLC

  • Global service and support as well as short response times increase system availability

Fast and robust control technology

Axiocontrol (AXC) series controllers have a robust housing and excellent EMC properties, designed for:

  • maximum performance
  • easy handling
  • use in harsh industrial environments
  • increased safety with an integrated uninterruptible power supply

Together with the Axioline Smart Elements and Axioline F I/O systems, Axiocontrol controllers provide maximum speed with a direct bus connection.

The AXC 1050 is also available with an extended temperature range for extreme conditions.

Redundant and safe PLCs with maximum performance

The high-performance PLCs in the RFC (Remote Field Controller) family offer

  • Diagnostics display:  conveniently read status messages regarding the control system and fieldbus system
  • Powerful processor: comprehensive automation tasks can be processed at maximum speed
  • Continuous operation of your automation applications with the PROFINET redundancy PLC
  • High-performance PLCs establish a redundant system automatically, thanks to AutoSync Technology
  • Safety version to integrate safety functions up to SIL 3 into existing systems

The use of PROFIsafe reduces wiring effort and installation time.

PLC and I/O system for flexible and cost-effective automation

Inline controllers (ILCs) are the proven standard in the Phoenix Contact PLC portfolio.

  • Supports all common communication paths such as Ethernet and cellular communication
  • Easily extended with versatile Inline I/O modules
  • Optimum communication with an integrated, freely programmable web server

PROFINET device functionality means that the control technology can be integrated easily into existing PROFINET networks.