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Smart Anything Everywhere

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs is part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644400.

4DIAC: Framework for Distributed Industrial Automation & Control

4DIAC is intended for the programming of programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Therefore, 4DIAC provides an alternative programming based on the distributed control standard IEC 61499. It provided as open source software under EPL-1.0 and consists of two parts: FORTE (4DIAC_RTE) and 4DIAC-IDE.

FORTE is a real-time capable IEC 61499 run-time, which operates on different hardware platforms. Currently supported hardware platforms comprise Weidmüller PLC, Wago PLC, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, and LEGO Mindstorms NXT.

4DIAC-IDE is an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) for IEC 61499 compliant PLC programs. It can be used for the development of distributed control software and for the deployment of the code to the various hardware devices.

Case Studies

You can read case studies of organisations which have evaluated 4DIAC previously

  • The Profactor Case Study. Profactor is located in Steyr, Austria and is Austrian's No. 1 in applied production research. As a private research company, it performs applied research across different disciplines to find solutions for the manufacturing industry. The Profactor case study employed the 4DIAC platform on a robotic arm application.
  • The AIT Case Study. The AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology) is Austria's largest non-university research institute, and among the European research institutes a specialist in the key infrastructure issues of the future. In this case study AIT examined the use of the 4DIAC platform in a smart grid laboratory.
  • The ACIN Case Study. Vienna University of Technology - Automation and Control Institute (ACIN) performs research and education in the fields of distributed automation and control systems, as well as precision engineering, scientific instrumentation and process-measurement systems with focus on industrial relevant applications for industrial automation, production, and measurement systems. The ACIN case study allowed the Vienna Institute of Technology's Automation and Control Institute to demonstrate the real time capability of the 4DIAC platform.
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using the 4DIAC platform

using the 4DIAC platform

Design centre

This platform is supported by our Germany South design centre.

Germany South design centre