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PLCnext Engineer - Implementation Roadmap

The tables below contain an overview about Phoenix Contact´s current schedule in terms of further developments and enhancements for PLCnext Engineer. They are categorized by component types and functionalities.

Please check back regularly to keep up with the development progress.

Latest update: February, 2019

Software Release Strategy:

The PLCnext Technology Ecosystem (PLCnext Controls, PLCnext Engineer and PLCnext Store) will continue to develop very dynamically in the next years. Therefore we decided to release every year in total four PLCnext Control firmware versions and PLCnext Engineer versions.
In the beginning of every year we will come up with a Long Term Support firmware (LTS) version. This version is permanently supplied with bugfixes. Each quarter follows a new version with additional features, which will also be included in the next LTS version. This gives you the possibility to develop your application or app always with the latest versions, and to enjoy new features first!

Version name Release date
PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS Feb. 20th, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.3 End of March, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.6 End of June, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2019.9 End of September, 2019
PLCnext Engineer 2020.0 LTS End of November, 2019

Outlook: Top Features until end of 2019

Find in the list below our top features, planned to be implemented during 2019.

  1. Enhanced performance
  2. Profinet FSU and MRP configuration
  3. Execution indication for IEC 61131-3 code
  4. EN/ENO for IEC 61131-3 functions
  5. AutomationML APC - Import and Export function
  6. ACI - Application Control Interface improvements
  7. Automation Module improvements - reuse complete solutions (IEC 61131, IO configuration, HMI...)
  8. Upload and download of project sources between Engineering and PLC
  9. Debug in IEC 61131-3 methods
  10. Usability improvements

Overview

Supported PLCs

Controller PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
AXC F 1050 implemented  -   - 
AXC F 2152 implemented implemented implemented
RFC 4072S  -   -  implemented

User Interface

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
New UI architecture implemented implemented implemented
Notification window implemented implemented implemented
Hardware configuration
(Profinet and Axioline)
implemented implemented implemented
OPC UA configurator implemented implemented implemented
Support for multiple screens   Cross-function area Cross-function area
Systemfilter implemented implemented implemented
Global cross references implemented implemented implemented
Local cross references implemented implemented implemented
Recycle bin function implemented implemented implemented
Mini Map "Bird view"   implemented implemented

IEC 61131-3 Editor and Features

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
Background compilation
and syntax check
implemented implemented implemented
Download change   implemented* implemented
Structured Text (ST) implemented implemented implemented
Function Block Diagram (FBD) implemented implemented implemented
Ladder Diagram (LD) implemented implemented
Network orientated editor (NOLD) implemented implemented implemented
Extended variable identifier   implemented implemented
Initialisation of
user-defined data types
  implemented implemented

* For PLCnext Control RFC 4072S with firmware 2019.0 or higher

Object-orientated programming (OOP)

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
Methods for function blocks implemented implemented implemented

SFC+ (Sequence Function Chart)

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
Basic functions implemented implemented implemented
Interlocks  -  implemented implemented
Watchdog  -  implemented implemented
Type & Info struct  -  implemented implemented
Compact SFC function block representation  -  implemented implemented
Pre- and post-execution worksheet  -  implemented implemented

Safety IEC 61508 Editor

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
Support of RFC 4072S  -  implemented implemented
Profisafe  -  implemented implemented
Network granular CRC  -  implemented implemented
Signalpath analysis  -  implemented implemented
Safe semantic analysis  -  implemented implemented
Functional safety - User libraries  -  implemented implemented

PLCnext Engineer HMI Editor

Feature Firmware 1.2 (current) Firmware 2019.0 LTS Firmware 2019.3
Basic forms and elements implemented implemented implemented
Animations implemented implemented implemented
Actions - Execute an event implemented implemented implemented
Actions - Multiple events  -  implemented implemented
Search and replace in symbols and dynamics  -  implemented implemented
Import and export HMI Libraries  -  implemented implemented
Import pages from other projects  -  implemented implemented
Access IEC 61131-3 external variables implemented implemented implemented
Access GDS ports  -  implemented implemented
Access local variables of function blocks  -  implemented implemented
Tags - primitive types implemented implemented implemented
Tags - Any Bit (e.g. var. %X1)  -  implemented implemented
Tags - Array  -  implemented implemented
Tags - Struct  -  implemented implemented
Tags - Array of Struct  -  implemented implemented
Tags - Local function block variables  -  implemented implemented

Profinet

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
Supported GSDML Profile >= 2.2 >= 2.2 >= 2.2
Scan for Profinet devices implemented implemented implemented
Global Profinet interface table
(all interface settings in one table)
 -  implemented implemented

Axioline

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
Supported of Axioline local bus implemented implemented implemented
Scan for Axioline devices implemented implemented implemented

Debug Support

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
Logic analyzer  -  implemented* implemented*
Watchwindow implemented implemented implemented
Breakpoints implemented implemented implemented
Execution values -
look at every online value
in your code, any time!
implemented implemented implemented
Debug in functions and methods  -  implemented implemented

* Supported only for IEC 61131-3 variables

Viewer for Simulink®

First implementation in PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS

Feature PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
View Simulink® models implemented implemented
Drill down into submodels implemented implemented
Online values for GDS inports and outports implemented implemented

Cyber Security

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
User authentication -
PLC access
implemented implemented implemented
User authentication -
Change password
 -  implemented implemented
User Management HMI Webserver -
based on PLCnext Technology firmware
 -  implemented implemented
View security certificates of PLC  -  implemented implemented

General Features

Feature PC Worx Engineer 7.2.x PLCnext Engineer 2019.0 LTS PLCnext Engineer 2019.3
Network scan for
compatible controllers
implemented implemented implemented
PLCopen XML import implemented implemented implemented
Device replacement - keeps data of all existing projects  -  implemented implemented
AutomationML - APC (Automation Project Configuration)  -   -  implemented
Project statistic overview - (consumptions and limits)  -  implemented implemented
Native support of 64 bit Operation Systems (Windows 7/10)
(32 bit systems are not longer supported)
 -  implemented implemented

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