Clarification of industrial regulations

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Clarification of industrial regulations

Postby Ferla » Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:17 am

Hi Matrix Staff
I do not know if it's the correct section for my question.
In addition to complimenting the work you are doing these days I saw a new SCADA job that I immediately appreciated informing me.
You often speak of the industrial world and I see the PLC Miac and now SCADA, which are proper products for this sector, or better also related to this sector. Now my question: I know that when we talk about industrial applications there are IEC standards eg. IEC61131-3 and programming languages ​​certified eg Codesys etc. , I'd like to use flowcode in this area but I'm afraid of certifications, what about this with regards ?
Perhaps the friend of the Forum has already asked this question ?

Thanks I am very curious to have an explanation of my question
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Re: Clarification of industrial regulations

Postby Steve » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:13 am

Hi Ferla,

That is a very interesting question which I will try to answer with a bit of background...

As a company, we have always mainly served education. Flowcode was initially designed to support the Design and Technology curriculum in UK schools (this was a few years after the 16F84 chip was released). From V3 of Flowcode, we started to get a pull from hobbyists and small companies who wanted an easy way to develop embedded applications and we have added facilities to support these users too.

So whilst Flowcode is mainly focused on education, it also serves those industrial customers who may lack specialist embedded developers or who have difficulty accessing those specialists in their organisation (or who simply find Flowcode easier to use than C or other alternatives). Flowcode's new SCADA mode opens up the possibility of using Flowcode to develop PC-based applications for reading and controlling a wide range of devices which can be local or remote to the PC. In that sense, it is as much about IoT and Distributed Control Systems as it is about SCADA.

In a similar way, our MIAC is a PLC-like device that was initially designed for education and offers a simple way of controlling 12V and 24V industrial and automotive systems (usually via Flowcode), but we have had many customers over the years who have used MIAC in a non-educational context - e.g. wind power generation, sound-activated fountain displays, caravan control panels, home heating systems, car battery management and even a hydroelectric power plant.

We have other products too, such as our ECIO boards, which are used by industrial customers.

Regarding regulations, we don't pretend that our MIAC is compliant with IEC61131-3. Similarly, Flowcode is not MISRA-compliant (etc.) and we would not recommend its use in any situations that require such strict safety regulations.

That said, our products are being used successfully by a lot of industrial companies and make development a lot simpler.

I hope this helps,
Steve
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Re: Clarification of industrial regulations

Postby Ferla » Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:16 pm

Steve, thank you for your answer
I have been using FC for many years and a short-term one will buy version 8, but I am always torn between civil or industrial and this upsets me.
I should divide but it is always a matter of time to devote to learn new programs.
Since I see a lot of commitment from the Matrix staff in thinking of innovations, I think I stay with FC for a long time.
A greeting
Ferla