CODESYS Automation Server - BETA VERSION

The CODESYS Automation Server is a cloud-based platform for managing controller tasks.

This is a beta version that can be tested free of charge until the end of October 2019.

Further information on this product can be found at www.automation-server.com

Version: 
1.0.0.0  
Order number: 
2315000005
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CODESYS Automation Server - BETA VERSION

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CODESYS Automation Server - BETA VERSION

Use cases

The CODESYS Automation Server covers two main use cases:


PLC management


Controller management is directed in particular towards machine and plant operation on site (for example, production). An overview of the status of all controllers can be provided very easily and individually in various views (for example, map or layout view). Applications can be rolled out and parameterized by means of mass operations. In particular, the CODESYS Automation Server supports commissioning and maintenance by means of suitable tools such as the integrated ticket system.


Engineering


Engineering support is aimed in particular at developers and application engineers. In this way, projects can be synchronized with the CODESYS Automation Server via add-ons of the CODESYS Development System, enabling collaborative work on projects.


Functions

Infrastructure


For the topology of the CODESYS Automation Server, the CODESYS Edge Gateway is used for communication between one or more controllers. The CODESYS Edge Gateway can be installed on dedicated hardware or directly on a controller. It encapsulates the controller world to the outside and ensures secure communication via TLS connection to the CODESYS Automation Server.


Tenant


A tenant is required in order to use the CODESYS Automation Server. Tenants are created and managed via the CODESYS Store. The result of creating a tenant is administrator access to a new CODESYS Automation Server tenant, which is used for central administration of all data and user rules within the CODESYS Automation Server. A tenant can also be terminated via the CODESYS Store and can be done monthly. Upon termination, all stored data within the tenant on the CODESYS Automation Server will be permanently deleted.


PLC management


PLC management includes the functionality for the management of controller tasks throughout the entire product life cycle of a controller (application development, commissioning, operation, maintenance). The PLC Management product option is available for controllers registered on the CODESYS Automation Server. For these, a digital twin is created in the cloud so that orders and messages (for example, status or alarms) can be assigned correctly in the following tasks. Available functions:


Views of the controller landscape


  • List view

In addition, information is displayed on the status, boot application, and application parameters.


Controller-specific functions


  • Roll-out of applications on many controllers
  • Linking applications to controllers
  • Parameterization of generic applications
  • Backup/Restore of the application software
  • Application exchange

Ticket system


The ticket system optimally supports the workflow between application engineer and service technician and operates in four steps:


  1. Installation of a new device or replacement of a defective device by a service technician on site.
  2. Creation by the application engineer of a valid ticket in the CODESYS Automation Server for rolling out a specific application on a specific device.
  3. Sending the ticket via the CODESYS Automation Server (for example, by regular mail, email, or SnapchatTM).
  4. Redeeming of the ticket (for example, scanning of the serial number) by the service technician on the device.

No programming skills are required for installation or replacement. The mechanism decouples application development and machine service in terms of time, space, and functionality, thus reducing the risk of operating errors.


Engineering


CODESYS Automation Server connector


The CODESYS Automation Server connector is a plug-in for the CODESYS Development System with which projects on the CODESYS Automation Server can be synchronized. Simple merge mechanisms allow collaborative work on a project by several application engineers and ensure that the last work step is revision-proof.


Detailed information can be found in the Online Help.


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Programming System CODESYS Development System Version 3.5.11.0 or higher
Runtime System CODESYS Control V3
Supported Platforms/ Devices

Cloud Service Provider


  • Amazon Web Services

Browser 1


  • Firefox (from 60.5.2esr)
  • Chrome (from 73.0.3683.103)
  • Microsoft Edge (from 44.17763.1.0)
  • Chromium (from 73.0.3683.86)

Additional Requirements
  • CODESYS Edge Gateway
  • CODESYS Connector

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