Welcome to EV3 Control
This site is an entry point to the world of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and nxtControl nxtONE software.
nxtControl has developed software products for the automation of buildings, machines, processes and much more. The products solve actual customer problems and inspire them to get an idea of the possibilities of new software concepts and standards . This is guaranteed by the participation of customers in the nxtControl company and in product development.
The nxtControl products consist of a engineering suite, runtimes for control and visualization, object libraries and SCADA relevant products as for ex. tools for connectivity, archiving and asset management. The control runtime enables the customer to work with the automation standards IEC 61499 and IEC 61131. The whole engineering task is done by following an object orientated way through all levels of an automation project.
The focus on the value chain is to give people a tool, where they can build up complex, distributed and high skilled projects. You can find more information about the company and the products on the web: www.nxtcontrol.com
The needs on the automation market are changing. We have to take care about new technologies,
new concepts, new ways how machines work and how they need to interact with each other.
Within a project, the amount of devices increase, they should control smaller areas but always work autonomously.
In the same time they need to interact with other devices on the same level and also with foreign systems, IT systems, databases and a lot of others.
All this interactions are designed within one project, but multiple devices. An engineer has to manage large, distributed projects at different use cases and with different skills of the engineers. Complexity has to be hidden to the right level of usage.
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and nxtControl Software nxtONE
The idea is to use the capabilities of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and nxtControl software tools to have a bundle where this new requirements can be shown and an approach can be demonstrated for a wide range on the automation and automation integration level.
The combination of nxtControl software and the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 can be used for training, modeling, demonstration and more. The results may can be easily transferred to real automation environments, without the need to massively change the project.
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nxtControl has ported the IEC 61499 runtime directly on the OS layer of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3. To access the sensors and actors a driver (bus master) was developed and a hardware library was built to easily configure LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Bricks.
IEC 61499 function blocks are available to integrate the sensors and actors into industrial style automation programs.
A main aspect of the IEC 61499 standard is the capability to manage distributed and heterogeneous automation networks. Interoperability between devices is also a target aspect of the standard.
Read more about IEC 61499 and nxtONE
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Preparing the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 for nxtONE
The System build up overview is a good starting point to get started.
A free nxtONE license, to work with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3, is available in the download section