Esterel Technologies Introduces SCADE Solutions for Safe PLC Applications

KW-Software is first adaptor to dramatically reduced cost and effort for design and certification of safe PLC functions and opens new markets for PLC vendors and OEMs


ELANCOURT, France & BOSTON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 27, 2011 — Esterel Technologies, the leading worldwide provider of model-based development solutions for critical systems and software, today introduced SCADE® Solutions for Safe PLC Applications and the SCADE Suite KCG Adaptor for KW-Software’s safety technology platform. SCADE Solutions for Safe PLC Applications and the SCADE Suite KCG Adaptor for KW-Software allow for the efficient creation of application logic using SCADE Suite® and the generation of certifiable library elements for PLC vendors and OEMs, dramatically reducing cost and effort when developing and certifying Safe PLC applications.

SCADE Solutions for Safe PLC Applications and the SCADE Suite KCG Adaptor for KW-Software's safety technology platform

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) allow the end user to fully customize his system to specific functionality requirements, based on validated library components which allow for ease of certification of the final system. These library components contain the IP of the OEM or PLC manufacturer.

SCADE Solutions for Safe PLC Applications enable the creation of certifiable components for PLCs, with full logic and control laws for complex applications such as rail automation, offshore applications, robotics, processing, refinery and manufacturing industries. Based on the industry-proven technology of SCADE Suite, the design flow enables full traceability and lifecycle integration from requirements to the embedded library component.

The KCG Adaptor for the KW-Software safety technology platform seamlessly integrates the application with the scalable and flexible software platform, which includes the runtime system Safeos, compilers, communication stacks and development tools, all certified to IEC61508 SIL3 requirements.

SCADE Solutions for Safe PLC Applications integrate with other Esterel Technologies model-based development tools. When used in conjunction with SCADE Suite, developers can quickly synchronize between software subsystem components and the system model, ensuring consistency and efficiency, for instance for the management of I/O definitions. SCADE System™ can be further extended through integration with SCADE LifeCycle™ modules, allowing for automatic documentation generation with SCADE LifeCycle Reporter™ and configuration management with SCADE LifeCycle Configuration Management Gateway™.

“With the introduction of SCADE Solutions for Safe PLC Applications, Esterel Technologies now provides an integrated model-based architecture and development solution for the development of safe, complex applications on Programmable Logic Controllers. The power of Esterel’s SCADE product family coupled with our safety and certification expertise in aerospace and defense, rail, industrial, energy and nuclear applications makes SCADE tools an obvious choice for the development of complex functions embedded in PLCs.” states Eric Bantegnie, President and CEO of Esterel Technologies.

“KW-Software technologies and solutions enable the customer to build a PLC platform to his specific needs, precisely scaled and certifiable up to IEC61508 SIL3. The SCADE Suite KCG Adaptor is an important complement to our safety technology platform, as it allows to fully customize the functionality of the customer's solution with full support for certification.” says Peter Fuchs, Director of Marketing at KW-Software.

Product Availability

SCADE Solutions for Safe PLC Applications and the SCADE Suite KCG Adaptor for KW-Software’s safety technology platform will be available with the release of SCADE Suite 6.3.

About Esterel Technologies

Esterel Technologies is the worldwide leader of model-based design, verification and code generation tools for critical systems and software. Esterel Technologies is a privately held company with European headquarters in Elancourt, France, U.S. headquarters in Boston Massachusetts, with direct sales offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and China. Esterel is supported by channel and service partners worldwide.
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About KW-Software

KW-Software is the specialist for the integration of IEC 61131, SAFETY (IEC 61508 up to SIL3), PROFINET, .NET and FDT/DTM technology into automation devices and solutions. KW-Software enables the easy use of complex technologies in automation. A scalable software platform is the basis for custom solutions and for the flexible implementation of the customer’s requirements.

Based in Lemgo, Germany, and with direct offices in the US, Japan and China, KW-Software serves its customers worldwide.

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SCADE, SCADE Suite and SCADE Display are registered trademarks and SCADE System, SCADE System Designer and SCADE LifeCycle are trademarks of Esterel Technologies. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.



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