EC: Open Core Engineering

Software - Control design: Open Core Engineering is an engineering package combining IEC programming with the flexibility of high-level language-based programming and IT technologies, like smart devices, to access the core of the control for individualized control function development. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

October 17, 2013

Open Core Engineering is a software platform which gives programmers new levels of freedom in engineering, enabling enhanced access to the control core to configure cutting-edge individualized machine control functions.

Open Core Engineering provides new applications development options that are available for smart devices, and together with new capabilities for integration into IT infrastructures, the Open Core concept can bring dramatic changes to the automation sector.

Open Core Engineering addresses different application areas using IT technologies such as:

  • Smart devices in automation
  • PC-based IT automation
  • Rapid control prototyping
  • Individual control functions.

Users can benefit from PLC programming and flexibility with device platform selection and high-level programming language integration in machine projects.

Open Core Engineering gives direct function access to the control core with the high-level language. Complete access can be achieved from external devices to all available control and drive functions. Individual applications can be addressed in real time on the control, or in non-real-time on a PC or smart device.

In addition, time-consuming complex machine process programming can be replaced by a simple assignment of parameters. With the aid of templates, users can flexibly integrate customized technology functions into their machine programs, augment and reuse them in a modular fashion.

The integrated approach combines IEC engineering with high-level language programming, such as C/C++, C# (.NET), Visual Basic, VBA (Office), LabVIEW GZ, Objective-C, and Java. Users can work with their preferred development environment such as MS Visual Studio, LabVIEW, Eclipse, Xcode, and Wind River Workbench, to complete their projects.

Users can create new methods of operation and diagnostics using smart devices and facilitate the integration of simulation applications. Open Core engineering supports Google Android and Apple iOS, the most important operating systems for smart devices and tablets, enabling direct access to control functions with native applications. 

Bosch Rexroth Corp.