IoT and Industrie 4.0: Powered by TwinCAT

TwinCAT solutions for IoT and Industrie 4.0

Beckhoff provides the foundational technologies and tools needed today to implement Industrie 4.0 concepts and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, all via PC-based control. TwinCAT engineering and control software packages are available for the creation of applications such as Big Data, pattern recognition as well as condition or power monitoring, in addition to traditional control tasks – which can sustainably increase production and engineering efficiency as a result. New software libraries are now available for advanced analytics and communication between controllers and cloud-based services: “TwinCAT Analytics“ saves the process data locally, on the server or in the cloud in synchronisation with the machine cycle. All data are recorded and serve as the basis for extensive analyses; this enables new predictive maintenance technologies and minimizes machine downtime. “TwinCAT IoT Communication“ supports common protocols for cloud communication and push messages to smart devices. TwinCAT IoT is quick and easy to configure and, together with an Industrial PC or Embedded PC as the IoT controller, establishes a seamless connection between the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services.



TE3500: With the Analytics Workbench a system for online and offline analyses for one or more machines can be set up.


TE3520: process data analysis tool for commissioning and service technicians


TF3500: The TC3 Analytics Logger cyclically collects data from the application and the process image.


TF3510: The TC3 Analytics Library is a PLC library with analytical functions for process and application data.


TF3520: IoT client: interface to one or more storage facilities for raw and analysis data from various sources


TF3550: runtime “container” for the Analytics application, which was configured and developed in the Analytics Workbench


TF356x: extension of the TC3 Analytics Workbench for the analysis of additional controllers


TF6701: TC3 IoT Communication provides basic functionalities for sending and receiving data via the so-called MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol.  


TF6720: TC3 IoT Data Agent provides IoT communication functions in the form of a gateway application.


TF6730: TC3 IoT Communicator makes it possible to transmit process data to multiple end devices, monitor status changes, and send information back to the machine. 


EK9160: The EK9160 IoT Coupler links EtherCAT I/Os from Beckhoff directly with the Internet of Things (IoT).

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