Based on open standards, software tools, function toolkits, and Open Core Interface, Open Core Engineering combines high engineering efficiency in automation with the technologies, tools, and solutions of the IT world. With IT technologies and tools it enables the implementation of new services and business models for machine builders and end users.
The new Rexroth family of programmable logic controllers, XM 12/21/22, integrates the modular IndraControl S20 I/O series into the controller. When combined with the Sercos automation bus, new levels of speed and flexibility are added to make one functionally complete and scalable control system. The IndraControl XM platform is easy to configure and features high-performance real-time data processing capabilities. All XM controllers also utilize the features of Rexroth's Open Core Interface, allowing for integration into a wide variety of systems and a truly connected solution.
Through Open Core Engineering, IndraMotion MLC connects PLC-based machine automation and IT-based technologies to form a platform for all automation tasks. You can easily adapt IndraMotion MLC to almost any application thanks to simplified PLC engineering using the IndraWorks platform and pre-defined function toolkits. Or use the Open Core Interface to integrate high-level languages and software tools for total machine automation and IoT-based applications, providing new opportunities to synchronize all systems and drive technologies with maximum efficiency. With scalable control hardware featuring Sercos , multi-Ethernet, and fieldbus interface topology, IndraMotion MLC can be efficiently integrated into any centralized or decentralized environment.
Scott Hibbard, Vice President of Technology for Bosch Rexroth Corporation, describes how Open Core Engineering “bridges the gap” between traditional PLC programming environments and standard IT software languages such as Java, Visual Basic and C++.
Open Core Engineering allows you to create innovative solutions that are tailored to your exact application. By using the Open Core Interface and our free SDKs you can explore machine communication and control via third party systems such as LabVIEW as well as virtually any higher level language from Java to C++.
Innovative specialized machine control and automation functions should provide maximum customer benefits and keep current with new IT technologies into the automation field—like smart devices and modern communication architectures.
Open Core Engineering makes this possible: it opens the core of Rexroth’s PLC systems to the increased use of high-level languages and device platforms, enabling new integration opportunities to enhance automation production workflow and flexibility.
In the past, developing machine-specific, individual functions for competitive advantage required cooperation from the controls supplier. Open Core Engineering opens controls up to their core so you can create customized functions supported by the existing firmware.