"How can we use Internet technologies to roll out updates faster and generate further added value?" For Fliegl, the answer to this question lies in the CODESYS Automation Server. Therefore, Fliegl is successively connecting RondoDry systems that have already been delivered to the CODESYS Automation Server.
For communication between the controller and the Automation Server, Fliegl uses the CODESYS Edge Gateway. In the process, the CODESYS Automation Server automatically manages the necessary certificates for encrypted and secure communication. As soon as a control is connected to the Automation Server, it can be displayed as a digital twin. This immediately shows which versions of firmware and application are installed. An application update can now be transmitted with a single click.
The Fliegl automation engineers store all applications in the CODESYS Automation Server, which saves them a local project repository. They can access the source code from anywhere in the world and open and edit it with a mouse click in their local instance of the CODESYS Development System. The updated version can be uploaded back to the Server and from there downloaded to the desired controllers. All plants can be graphically arranged and tracked in the topology view of the Server platform. This makes it very easy to get an overview, for example in the form of a map providing markers for each plant.
With the newly integrated Data Analyzer, service requirements can be identified immediately - even before malfunctions occur. For the future, the Fliegl Group plans to completely eliminate the need for additional remote maintenance tools by working exclusively with the Server platform.
A more detailed description of this application of the CODESYS Automation Server can be found in the german article "Im Praxiseinsatz: CODESYS Automation Server - Landwirtschaft goes Industrie 4.0"