As Inasoft sees it, the CODESYS Automation Server provides answers to the challenges described above. The CODESYS Edge Gateway neatly separates the controller networks from the Internet, thus ensuring a secure connection between the controllers and the Internet. It just takes a few clicks to establish the TLS-encrypted and certificate-based communication to the Automation Server in the cloud, easily and securely. There is no more need for proprietary complex VPN solutions, nor is third-party software required for remote access.
Inasoft finds all controllers connected to the Edge Gateways by performing a network scan in the Automation Server's web interface. These controllers are then included in the Automation Server's administration at the click of a mouse. For a better overview, Inasoft can display the controllers either in table and tile form, or in the form of graphically structured topology views. User-defined tags additionally help to establish order.
In order to provide controllers with application updates, Inasoft uses the Server's own repository for binary and source code, as well as the digital twin of a controller. On the one hand, this ensures that authorized persons can access protected data from anywhere. On the other hand, technicians can roll out application updates to the desired controllers within seconds, without having to be on site. All this is complemented by the Ticket System integrated in the Server. The Automation Server knows which application was running on a broken controller. The Ticket System allows for replacement controllers to be equipped with the appropriate applications without any programming knowledge.
Thanks to the Automation Server, Inasoft can now also access the visualizations and thus the user interface of the plant controllers. A separate connection is no longer necessary, as the visualization is automatically tunneled through the Edge Gateway via the Automation Server to the displaying browser at the push of a button.
With the CODESYS Automation Server, Inasoft solves typical tasks that operators and manufacturers of car wash systems have to face today. Planned features such as the ability to update the PLC firmware via the Automation Server and the hosting of remote Git repositories from CODESYS complement the future use of the CODESYS Automation Server.
For a more detailed description of this CODESYS Automation Server application, read this publications:
A clean solution: Using the possibilities of Industry 4.0 for car wash management
How plants are digitized