Open, PC-based control technology



The TwinCAT software system turns almost any PC-based system into a real-time control with multiple PLC, NC, CNC and/or robotics runtime systems.


Highly scalable, highly modular: safe automation with TwinSAFE


TwinCAT Cloud Engineering

With TwinCAT Cloud Engineering, even globally distributed control systems in Industrie 4.0 environments are easy to operate and maintain remotely.

Module Type Package

MTP is a concept that can leverage optimization potential in process plants across the board, from planning to operation.

Machine learning for all areas of automation

Beckhoff offers a machine learning (ML) solution that is seamlessly integrated into TwinCAT 3.

TwinCAT Vision

TwinCAT Vision expands the TwinCAT world with an integrated image processing solution. For applications like Industrie 4.0., quality optimization and track-and-trace.

TwinCAT Analytics

The TwinCAT Analytics product family describes a complete workflow from the acquisition of data to its communication and historization to its analysis and visualization in web-based dashboards.

TwinCAT 3 Scope

The software oscilloscope is fully integrated within the TwinCAT control architecture and enables the simple graphical display of signal curves.

IoT AWS Cloud

Beyond the scope of conventional control tasks, applications such as big data, data mining and condition or power monitoring enable the implementation of superior, forward-looking automation solutions.


TwinCAT now integrates the Human Machine Interface directly into the familiar environment of Microsoft Visual Studio®. Programming is unnecessary as configuration is handled with ease using the graphical editor.


Beckhoff provides comprehensive generic functions in its products. TwinCAT offers an OPC UA interface that meets the corresponding Companion Specifications of the domains.

TwinCAT 3 Kinematic Transformation

TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation integrates robot control into standard automation software, so that PLC, motion control and robotics functions can be executed on a single Industrial PC.

TwinCAT for Industrie 4.0

Beckhoff provides the foundational technologies and tools needed today to implement Industrie 4.0 concepts and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, all via PC-based control.

TwinCAT 3 Wind Framework

The software framework incorporates all basic function for the engineering of wind turbines.

Industrie 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution introduced by the term “Industrie 4.0” points toward intelligent, networked systems: previously separated production environments are combined to produce universal production worlds.

Scientific Automation

Scientific Automation is the integration of automation software with findings from engineering science.

PC-based automation with TwinCAT

TwinCAT 3 automation software integrates real-time control with PLC, NC, and CNC functions in a single package. Beckhoff controllers are programmed uniformly with the TwinCAT Engineering (XAE), according to the programming standards IEC 61131-3 with C++ or MATLAB®/Simulink®. The generated code is executed in the TwinCAT Runtime (XAR). The TwinCAT Runtime is a multitasking operating system that runs in parallel on the host operating system. Windows and TwinCAT/BSD in 32-bit and 64-bit variants can be used as host operating systems. In addition to high determinism, the TwinCAT real-time offers the possibility to fully utilize the PC's existing cores in multicore operation.


Apart from aids for purely functional automation, Beckhoff provides a comprehensive solution for the field of safety technology in TwinSAFE. The TwinSAFE system offers maximum flexibility in hardware and software, enabling all possible tasks in the field of safety technology to be solved appropriately.