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The Beckhoff Twincat software system turns almost any compatible PC into a real-time controller with a multi-PLC system, NC axis control, programming environment and operating station.

Twincat replaces conventional PLC and NC/CNC controllers as well as operating devices with: open, compatible PC hardware; embedded IEC 61131-3 software PLC, software NC and software CNC in Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista, NT/XP Embedded, CE; programming and run-time systems together on one PC or separated; connection to all common fieldbuses; PC interface support; data communication with user interfaces; and other programs by means of open Microsoft standards.

Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus Components, Drive Technology and automation software. Products that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries. The Beckhoff “New Automation Technology” philosophy represents universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of different applications, ranging from CNC-controlled machine tools to intelligent building automation.

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