“With the new system we will be able to increase our productivity for automation engineering and at the same time securely manage our machine supplier’s as well as our own PLC code base through fine grain control rules,” says Marcel Welz, Digital Engineer at Henkel Consumer Brands. He adds: “The ability to run the PLC programming environment in any browser allows us to maximize the utilization of our licenses and every PLC programmer can access it via any device.”
PLC Engineering made easy through Industrial DevOps
Software Defined Automation brings Industrial DevOps to Automation Engineers, increasing their efficiency in complex PLC environments. Offering PLC management, PLC code versioning and backup, virtual PLCs, and cloud IDEs, SDA eliminates hardware dependencies and increases productivity.
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
With SDA PLC Ops Henkel is managing PLCs and code development in their Henkel Consumer Brands production plant in Düsseldorf.
At AIT of TH Köln, the software solution by SDA is being used to provide future automation engineering students with a practice environment for PLC software development in the SIEMENS TIA-Portal. This modern cloud solution enables this without the need to independently manage and distribute virtual machines as previously done, which involved significant organizational and time-related efforts. With anytime and anywhere access to the development environment, especially from any computer, students can optimally prepare themselves for the course and final exams without performance issues or having to set up any virtual machines.
Code Versioning (Version Pro)
PLC project file and code versioning
PLC code change visualization
Increase workplace safety and productivity by visualizing code changes and triggering alarm notifications to Automation Engineers.
PLC project versioning
Save time by quickly locating the most up-to-date PLC project version. Ensure that your team is always working on the latest version of the project.
Backup (PLC Ops)
PLC lifecycle management
Single source of truth for all PLCs across different vendors
Increased efficiency, easier maintenance and troubleshooting through a centralized control and monitoring platform for all PLCs.
PLC access management
Prevent accidental or malicious changes to the PLCs and PLC projects. Protect your OT environment and increase security by managing time- and role-based access to PLCs and projects.
Remote backup and deployment
Automated backups from PLCs to ensure transparency on the latest PLC project version. Reduced downtime due to faster and automated deployments.
SDA Virtual PLC Management
Virtual PLCs running on commercial off-the-shelf IT servers
Independence from vendor-specific software and hardware
Run a fleet of virtual PLCs with deterministic real-time performance on commercial off-the-shelf IT servers with virtualization on the edge.
Comprehensive virtual PLC management solution
Quickly commission new virtual PLCs in seconds and manage them efficiently along your conventional PLCs - all in one platform.
Shared hardware for real-time and non-real-time workloads
Combine real-time and non-real-time workloads on the same hardware: Run your human-machine-interface, monitoring, and data analysis all on the same hardware within your factory.