Wind River launches Platform for Industrial Automation

Alameda, CA—To reduce development costs and speed up time-to-market for industrial automation devices, Wind River Systems Inc.  unveiled March 31 its Platform for Industrial Automation (Platform IA)


Alameda, CA— To reduce development costs and speed up time-to-market for industrial automation devices, Wind River Systems Inc. unveiled March 31 its Platform for Industrial Automation (Platform IA). The company says Platform AI is an integrated, embedded platform that serves as the software foundation for industrial automation applications, such as robotics controllers, process controllers, and network gateways and bridges. Platform IA reportedly can help users standardize on one platform across multiple projects, which lessens software development expenses, increases product reliability, and shortens time to market.

Industrial automation device-makers face demands for device management and connectivity that enable seamless data integration on the factory floor, according to Wind River. Ethernet adoption, for example, is becoming crucial to the success of industrial devices.

'Platform IA is customized to meet needs of intelligent industrial automation systems with increased software content and connectivity requirements,' says Tony Tryba, Wind River's automotive, industrial, defense and aerospace vp and gm. 'By providing a rigorously tested and integrated software base for developing industrial automation devices, Wind River is making it possible for our customers to leverage code across multiple designs, and focus resources on innovation and new markets, rather than spending time `gluing' together the necessary software and hardware.'

Platform IA pre-integrates Wind River's VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS), development tools and automation networking technologies, such as traditional and Ethernet fieldbuses, DCOM and OPC. Platform IA also lets developers provide enterprise, monitoring and control connectivity to devices, and focus on application development, alleviating time-consuming development, integration and testing of foundation technologies.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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