Siemens Industrial Edge and Virtual PLC

Earlier this year, Siemens added the Simatic S7-1500V virtual PLC to its Industrial Edge platform. This virtual PLC is based on the functions and operation of the SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC but is independent of the hardware, meaning that users can access the controller and all its functions via a mobile device. This mobile access capability allows users to increase or decrease the number of controller instances they need and only pay for those they are using. At Pack Expo 2023, Siemens explained how its Industrial Edge platform works with the virtual PLC to enable IT or plant floor personnel to manage (on-premises or remotely) distributed edge devices and centrally monitor their operating states.  

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