ABB first to adopt Wind River/KW-Software pre-integrated software -

ABB first to adopt Wind River/KW-Software pre-integrated software


LONDON — Wind River have established a strategic relationship with KW-Software (Lemgo, Germany) to collaborate on a pre-integrated software solution for the industrial market.

Wind River's VxWorks 6.7 and VxWorks 61508 Platform will be tested, validated and optimized for KW-Software's ProConOS, PROFINET and SafeOS runtime systems. KW-Software develops IEC 61131 programming and runtime systems.

The collaboration creates an integrated SoftPLC platform that will help reduce integration and quality assurance efforts. The combination of the VxWorks 61508 Platform and KW-Software's SafeOS should enable customers to more easily reach certification levels up to Safety Integrity Level 3, according to IEC 61508 and derived standards.

Wind River and KW-Software will focus on providing the pre-integrated software solution for several key industrial market segments including industrial control, process automation, power and energy, and transportation. The solution is based on standards including Ethernet-based, real-time communication based on the PROFINET standard and an IEC 61131-3 PLCopen-compliant PLC runtime environment standard for machine configuration, commissioning and engineering.

ABB, the supplier of power and automation technologies, has selected Wind River and KW-Software's software solution for its Industrial IT Extended Automation System 800xA used in control and process automation.

Bernd Wansner, head of R&D Fieldbus at ABB Automation GmbH, said, “Previously we were required to integrate different software solutions separately, and integration issues and product version changes became our problem.”

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