The company CODESYS Group

The company

In 1994 Dieter Hess and Manfred Werner founded 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH, since 19 June 2020 CODESYS GmbH, which today is part of the CODESYS Group as a sales company. Today, the entire group of companies employs more than 200 people at its headquarters in Kempten/Allgäu and at its subsidiaries in China, Italy and the United States. Its focus is on the development and marketing of products related to the CODESYS automation suite.

The company founders Dieter Hess and Manfred Werner are the CEOs responsible for the economic development. As CTO, Hilmar Panzer is responsible for all technological issues within the CODESYS Group.

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The company management

Dieter Hess

Co-owner and CEO

Manfred Werner

Co-owner and CEO

Hilmar Panzer

Technical CEO

The team

The CODESYS Group stands for highly qualified and experienced professionals with expertise in their respective fields who are looking for real challenges.

Team players who know that together they can solve the most complex tasks. Open-minded and flexible individuals who are willing to question past practices and think up new solutions to further improve our processes and products.
People who enjoy their work and take pride in what they have achieved with “their” company.

The product

CODESYS – a strong brand

CODESYS is the most widely used manufacturer independent IEC 61131-3 Development System on the market. And not without reason: As an independent software manufacturer we maintain a close dialogue with our customers but are also free to pursue new concepts and implement our ideas. With a strong market intuition and profound technological knowledge, we have turned CODESYS into a strong brand. And that is what our customers around the world have been benefiting from for almost 30 years now.

We cover the complete software side of automation: CODESYS offers the complete functionality of a modern IEC 61131-3 development tool; including an integrated visualization with different clients, integrated connection to all standard fieldbus systems, motion functionality, safety solutions, communication interfaces, and a solution for Industry 4.0 that allows for a convenient remote management of control landscapes.

The CODESYS ST Editor - the CANopen® stack in IEC - our concept for object-oriented programming - the integrated CODESYS Safety solution - every CODESYS product is developed following a straightforward principle: We aim for the best.

The CODESYS community

CODESYS is used in all sectors of the automation industry in all sorts of different applications by manufacturers of intelligent automation devices as well as users (from the plant or machine building industry) and system integrators.

Our customers come from all over the world and offer the most different automation solutions. With many of them, we have established long-term and trusted business partnerships.

Hundreds of hardware manufacturers worldwide have chosen to integrate CODESYS into their intelligent devices – ten thousands of users from a wide range of industries work with CODESYS every day.