Automate PLC Code Generation

April 6, 2010
The Simulink PLC Coder generates IEC 61131 structured text for programmable logic controller (PLC) and programmable automation controller (PAC) devices, enabling Model-Based Design for manufacturing and power-generation equipment controlled by PLCs and PACs. 
With Simulink PLC Coder, engineers can automatically generate code for industrial control systems, including closed-loop and supervisory control applications, says the vendor. Automatic code generation, an integral part of Model-Based Design, helps eliminate errors associated with traditional hand coding and reduces overall development and validation time. Simulink PLC Coder generates source code in structured text format from Simulink models, Stateflow charts, and Embedded Matlab code, and then uses an integrated development environment (IDE) from an industrial automation vendor to compile the code and run it on a PLC or PAC commonly used to control machinery. To help users integrate Model-Based Design with their industrial equipment development efforts, the vendor is working with leading industrial automation vendors including Rockwell Automation. Simulink PLC Coder list price starts at $10,000.  For more on this product, hear an Automation World podcast at www.automationworld.com/podcast-6728.The MathWorkswww.mathworks.com508.647.7000

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