Beckhoff has been a Microsoft Windows Embedded Gold Partner since November 2006. Microsoft awards this title worldwide to partner companies that use the Windows Embedded technology in an innovative and creative way in order to increase the company’s operating results. In the last four years Beckhoff has already won the Excellence Award in the categories “Embedded Technologies 2008”, “Enterprise Partner 2009” and “Community Leadership 2010”. Once again in 2011 Beckhoff was able to underline its leading role and expertise as a manufacturer of PC-based automation components and systems through outstanding results. Beckhoff received the award for the innovative development of its new automation software, TwinCAT 3. “By the integration of Microsoft Visual Studio®, TwinCAT 3 offers the possibility to use C/C++ in addition to the IEC 61131 languages in order to program and debug industrial automation applications in real-time. New customers who have fallen back in the past on operating systems such as QNX and VxWorks are convinced by TwinCAT 3 as an efficient and open automation platform”, reports Stefan Hoppe.