AdministratorMarch 27, 2019 at 7:46 am
Your assumptions are totally wrong. Why should a design based on Arduino only be for Education and Prototyping?
What is Arduino? Arduino is not a hardware! Arduino is a programming platform that has chosen some dedicated microcontrollers to work with their programming platform.
What is inside of a SIEMENS, Allen Bradley, Rockwell, Schneider, Crouzet … PLC? It is a microcontroller!
For example, in a Crouzet PLC there is also an ATMEL ATmega microcontroller. It is not the 2560 … but similar. I think it is the smaller 128… or so.
So, if Crouzet would have chosen an ATmega2560 … this would make the Crouzet PLC in some ways also ARDUINO COMPATIBLE. You can kick off the original program and put the Arduino bootloader on it. Or … you can also program it directly with ATMEL studio.
But according to your assumption … now the Crouzet PLC is only for Education and Prototyping! Boring story!
What we have with CONTROLLINO is an industrial grade hardware based on the same microcontrollers the Arduino platform is using. And we have put this into an industrial housing. Nothing more.
If you want to work with something with an already existing firmware like SIEMENS, Allen Bradley, Rockwell, … and follow their way to program it. Please do so. If you don’t feel that you are able to program properly in C so you can switch things ON/OFF, measure something, connect to the world … then please don’t use any Arduino platform or CONTROLLINO. Please use something where you think you can handle the situation!
So, at the and … if you have concerns … and you are afraid of your own life (milquetoast) … don’t buy it!