Safety with virtual controllers

Safety controllers can also be implemented without a two-channel hardware structure and thus virtual controllers can be used in safety applications.

The development (Part 1) and application (Part 2) of virtual controllers have already been described. They decouple hardware and software and offer machine and system manufacturers and operators a number of advantages. Delivery bottlenecks in hardware are no longer a problem. Part 3 now goes one step further and describes why virtual PLCs can also be used to control potentially dangerous machines and systems.

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Author: Roland Wagner, Head of Product Marketing, CODESYS GmbH