SIMATIC WinAC RTX the SIMATIC S7 as software controller
Range of application SIMATIC WinAC RTX is particularly suitable for automation tasks where, in addition to control functions, it is necessary to solve true real-time, a high data volume, and fast technological functions on a PC platform. The optimized runtime system supports the processing of extensive and demanding PC applications in parallel with the control task.
In order to optimize the capacity utilization, state-of-the-art technologies such as Multi Core are used - for example one core for Windows applications and one for the SIMATIC WinAC RTX.
Optimum access to PLC runtime data like image processing, data logging, etc. is carried out by means of the WinAC option Open Development Kit (ODK). ODK applications are beeing programmed in a standard high-level language.
The integration is done by means of one of the interfaces
Custom Code eXtension (CCX) calls high-level language routines from the WinAC control program
Shared Memory eXtension (SMX) exchanges data fast between WinAC and the Windows application
Controller Management Integration (CMI) provides the WinAC control panel functions for own PC applications
The performance of SIMATIC WinAC RTX can be scaled across the processor performance. Applications range from machine-level control tasks with rugged embedded PCs to high-end applications on PCs with newest processor technology (e.g. SIMATIC IPC).
SIMATIC WinAC RTX is the SIMATIC software controller for PC-based automation solutions and permits real-time capable, deterministic control functions to be carried out on the PC.
Multi-discipline through solving PC-typical applications (business software like e.g. MS Office and own, proprietary user programs in C++, VB, etc.) and automation tasks in just one system
Openness through installation on standard PC hardware platforms
SIMATIC Embedded bundles: Robust turnkey products, with preinstalled Windows operating systems and SIMATIC WinAC RTX
Investment security through the use of long-term available Industrial PCs while utilizing the continuous PC innovations and performance advancements at the same time
Simple communication through low-cost, integrated network interfaces
Reduced training effort through Engineering in the familiar SIMATIC STEP 7 environment