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the factory control solution manufacturers need to increase flexibility, reliability, and Security at the very heart of their operations

Learn more about our vPLC approach to transition to real-time control running on virtual machines

Edge hardware connectivity

Easily connect to all common PLCs via dedicated edge gateways and leverage our cloud-edge connectivity solution for extreme ease of use.

Global PLC twin hosting

Establish compile-time digital twins of your PLCs in the SDA Console with all relevant information including connectivity configuration, project, instruction files, APIs, Motion, Safety, and I/Os. Access your PLC twins from everywhere in the world.

Data Science & Machine Learning

Use our enabling toolkits to connect automation engineering and data science and not only read from but also write to the factory control layer.

vPLC

Reduce cost, increase flexibility, and productivity by deploying, managing, and monitoring virtual PLCs linked to real, physical channels and designed for industrial real-time requirements within 10ms response time.

Global PLC twin hosting

Define your own REST Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PLC code and explore the full range of possibilities. Programmatically access and manipulate specific parameters before re-deploying code to the PLC, implement simple process control (IF/THEN), or tap into the world of machine learning and AI to optimize your production system by acting on insights you gain from various sensor data.

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Partner network

Access our best-in-class partner services to create impact in each relevant dimension with respect to industrial automation.

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02. Features

Discover the full suite of available SDA features across our console, our core services, and the edge.

Features that simplify your work.

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Production systems are highly differentiated. We don’t believe in T-Shirt sizes that will never fit exactly. Our pricing is simple EUR 10 (USD12) per Digital Twin per Month with 100 API calls / updates included. Every additional API call is EUR 0.1. Additional services are priced per use.

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Production systems are highly differentiated. We don’t believe in T-Shirt sizes that will never fit exactly. Our pricing is simple EUR 10 (USD12) per Digital Twin per Month with 100 API calls / updates included. Every additional API call is EUR 0.1. Additional services are priced per use.

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What is Software Defined Automation?

As an automation engineers or a software developer, you have access to tools to jointly optimize PLC program code and thereby production processes themselves, automate repetitive engineering tasks, and deploy optimized code to all common PLCs without being restricted to any one proprietary automation solution. In addition, by using our API Builder, you can start integrating machine learning best practices and turn insights into action.

What can I do with the SDA Console?

You can start by creating an account with a free trial period, enter some basic information regarding the automation suite (Integrated Development Environment) you are using, and the edge gateway in place. After that, you are all set to select the project with the PLC data you want to virtualize as digital PLC twin. Now you can directly dive into optimizing control code, build your own APIs for machine learning integration, and deploy code to your PLC.

What are first steps to get started with Software Defined Automation?

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Your first hour with SDA

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Your journey begins here!

Even though manufacturers continuously invest in their factory control technology to increase adaptability and resilience of production facilities, the average utilization of factories is settling around 80% in leading economies. At the same time, productivity growth is declining. Software Defined Automation allows to virtualize and abstract control software from industrial automation hardware and equips manufacturers with the tools to increase flexibility while maintaining deterministic, real-time control execution. Turning hardware-centered control technology into software opens up a global software talent pool for manufactures to master their digital transformation.

What our customers say

"The worlds most complete automation toolkit in the making"

03. Testimonials

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Software Defined Automation and VMware partner to bring fully virtualized PLC controls to factory data centers. The SDA virtual PLC Monitor commissions and monitors virtual programmable logic controller (vPLC) instances from Codesys on local ruggedized IT infrastructure. The solution has a guaranteed cycle time of less than 10 ms with 20+ PLCs on one average server blade.

VMware

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Software Defined Automation and VMware partner to bring fully virtualized PLC controls to factory data centers. The SDA virtual PLC Monitor commissions and monitors virtual programmable logic controller (vPLC) instances from Codesys on local ruggedized IT infrastructure. The solution has a guaranteed cycle time of less than 10 ms with 20+ PLCs on one average server blade.

Festo

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Software Defined Automation and VMware partner to bring fully virtualized PLC controls to factory data centers. The SDA virtual PLC Monitor commissions and monitors virtual programmable logic controller (vPLC) instances from Codesys on local ruggedized IT infrastructure. The solution has a guaranteed cycle time of less than 10 ms with 20+ PLCs on one average server blade.

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02. Features

Discover the full suite of available SDA features across our vPLC management software, our core services, and the edge.

Features that empower your automation control

Convergence of IT & OT

Enable homogeneous security policies and system recovery capabilities by connecting the automation layer to your corporate IT

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Data Science & Machine Learning

Use our enabling toolkits to connect automation engineering and data science and not only read from but also write to the virtual factory control layer.

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Reduced dependence on specific automation hardware

Leverage conventional edge servers to deploy our vPLC solution without the need for specialized and expensive new hardware

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Access via APIs

Define your own vPLC code parameters or code blocks  and make them programmatically accessible via REST Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

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Partner services

Access our best-in-class partner services to create impact in each relevant dimension with respect to industrial automation.

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Real-time & deterministic response times

Virtualize your automation layer without compromising on deterministic and real-time behavior (< 10ms response time)

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What our customers say

"The worlds most complete automation toolkit in the making"

03. References

Quotation mark

Muneyb Minhazuddin, VP Edge Compute at VMware notes, ”Together with SDA and our Edge Compute Stack we are now able to help manufacturers optimize PLCs in a time of semiconductor shortages, become independent, resilient, flexible and effective at the very heart of their edge operations. “

VMware

FAQ

See all

Enter the answer to your question here. Make sure the writing is clear and concise, and helps visitors get the support they need in the most efficient way. Consider elaborating with examples or visual aids to ensure all users fully understand the information.

What is Software Defined Automation?

As an automation engineers or a software developer, you have access to tools to jointly optimize PLC program code and thereby production processes themselves, automate repetitive engineering tasks, and deploy optimized code to all common PLCs without being restricted to any one proprietary automation solution. In addition, by using our API Builder, you can start integrating machine learning best practices and turn insights into action.

What can I do with the SDA Console?

You can start by creating an account with a free trial period, enter some basic information regarding the automation suite (Integrated Development Environment) you are using, and the edge gateway in place. After that, you are all set to select the project with the PLC data you want to virtualize as digital PLC twin. Now you can directly dive into optimizing control code, build your own APIs for machine learning integration, and deploy code to your PLC.

What are first steps to get started with Software Defined Automation?

Online Learning

Your first hour with SDA

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

What our customers say

"The worlds most complete automation toolkit in the making"

03. Testimonials

Quotation mark

Software Defined Automation and VMware partner to bring fully virtualized PLC controls to factory data centers. The SDA virtual PLC Monitor commissions and monitors virtual programmable logic controller (vPLC) instances from Codesys on local ruggedized IT infrastructure. The solution has a guaranteed cycle time of less than 10 ms with 20+ PLCs on one average server blade.

VMware

Quotation mark

Software Defined Automation and VMware partner to bring fully virtualized PLC controls to factory data centers. The SDA virtual PLC Monitor commissions and monitors virtual programmable logic controller (vPLC) instances from Codesys on local ruggedized IT infrastructure. The solution has a guaranteed cycle time of less than 10 ms with 20+ PLCs on one average server blade.

Festo

Quotation mark

Software Defined Automation and VMware partner to bring fully virtualized PLC controls to factory data centers. The SDA virtual PLC Monitor commissions and monitors virtual programmable logic controller (vPLC) instances from Codesys on local ruggedized IT infrastructure. The solution has a guaranteed cycle time of less than 10 ms with 20+ PLCs on one average server blade.

Zeiss

"The worlds most complete automation toolkit in the making"

03. References

Quotation mark

Muneyb Minhazuddin, VP Edge Compute at VMware notes, ”Together with SDA and our Edge Compute Stack we are now able to help manufacturers optimize PLCs in a time of semiconductor shortages, become independent, resilient, flexible and effective at the very heart of their edge operations. “

VMware

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01. Solution

Virtual automation control on hyper converged factory infrastructure – globally distributed and technically open

Gain speed, flexibility, and agility

Connect automation engineering and data science. Automatically adapt production systems by writing to the factory control layer instead of just reading from it. 

Improve robustness and resilience

Take advantage of our fully managed cloud and edge environment including state-of-the-art security measures for increased robustness and resilience of your factory.

Increase productivity and utilization

Factory utilization in the U.S. is below 80%. Use our cloud and edge-native solution to boost factory productivity by automating industrial automation workflows.

Learn more about our vPLC approach to transition to real-time control running on virtual machines

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