Inxton.Vortex.Framework is a set of tools and libraries that allow for the fast development of industrial applications involving Beckhoff TwinCat 3 PLCs'. You can combine the power of deterministic behavior of the PLC with the wealth of possibilities offered by the .net ecosystem.
Tiny bit of history
Inxton.Vortex.Framework is the result of about a decade of development inside a machine-building company MTS.
This framework was initially used as an internal tool. It allowed us to develop the industrial applications way faster than we were able to do before. At the same time, we could deliver features in our applications that were unachievable with current technologies. There was an increasing demand from our customers as well as from the other machine builders to provide them with this tooling. We decided some time ago to refactor, rewrite, document and optimize the libraries and tooling so that you all can benefit from our decade long effort to bring PLC world closer to the .net ecosystem. We have also established a team that will continue to develop and support the developers.
Here we are coming with the results. We will progressively release several packages with tons of useful tools and features.
More information about support, licensing and pricing is available here. The bottom line is that you can use a developer license free of charge. There are no limits to developer license except that it must not be deployed in the production environment and the run of the application is limited to a period of 30-120 minutes after which the application terminates and must be restarted. The application under development license can be used for testing until deployed to production.
Note to preview versions
The packages will be first released as preview versions. These versions are close to the final release. With previews we are just giving you the opportunity to start working with new versions, to comment and give us feedback before the final release. Preview versions are subject to change and from time to time those changes can break some of your existing code. You should not use preview versions in production, but you can start using them in development. For each preview version, we will indicate the date of the planned full release. Also, be aware that the preview version license will expire about the time the full release is issued.
Available and upcoming packages
- Inxton.Package.Vortex.Core (compiler, connectivity)
- Inxton.Package.Vortex.Essentials (Core + automated UI generation)
- Inxton.Package.Vortex.Advanced (coming soon) (Essentials + user security, PLC to .net RPC, etc)
- Inxton.Package.Vortex.Ultimate (coming soon) (Advanced + coordination libraries for effective PLC task handling, CRUD PLC to Data Repositories, extensive user action logging, etc.)
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Least but not last
Our gratitude goes to a number of projects that made Inxton.Framework possible. The list of those great project is here.
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