Movicon.NExT is an open industrial software platform for various industrial automation applications, including SCADA supervisory systems, MES analysis solutions and HMI projects. Developed by Emerson Electric, Movicon.NExT is based on a client/server architecture using the information model defined by the OPC UA standards.
Movicon.NExT supports the storage of all data managed by the server using local databases or cloud computing independently. The Virtual File System (VFA) technology provides data abstraction of persistent data.
Data is recorded in MS SQL format for default and predisposed connectors. The platform also supports Oracle and MySQL databases, as well as cloud solutions such as Microsoft Azure. Thanks to the open nature of Movicon.NExT, all the data managed by Movicon.NExT solutions can be easily exported to Clarify, providing a cost-efficient and simple way of getting value from the time series data sent to the platform.
Clarify makes it easy to visualize time series data from your industrial solutions network, access it on web and mobile devices, as well as sharing data to other people. With Clarify, your organization can focus on key business goals instead of configuring dashboards or developing expensive custom solutions.
Emerson Electric is a multinational corporation headquartered in Ferguson, Missouri, the United States. Established back in 1890 as Emerson Electric Manufacturing by John Wesley Emerson, originally Emerson Electric was manufacturing electric motors. It was first to start selling electric fans in the United States in 1892, and soon expanded its product line to include electric sewing machines, electric dental drills, and power tools.
Today, Emerson Electric is a publicly traded Fortune 500 company with over 200 manufacturing locations around the globe. The company is focused on producing industrial automation solutions and smart electronics for commercial and residential usage.
Over the years, Emerson Electric has acquired over 80 different companies. In 2020, Emerson completed the acquisition of the Progea Group, a provider of IIoT (industrial internet of things), plant analytics, HMI and SCADA technologies, and the developer of Movicon.NExT.
Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Modena, Italy, Progea Group is a producer of SCADA and HMI platforms for industrial supervision. This company’s original main product was Movicon (which stood for Monitoring, Vision and Control), a SCADA/HMI platform software for simple creation of supervision, monitoring and control applications. In 2004, Progea Group released a new version of this product, Movicon X. It incorporated new technologies, such as XML, SVG and web services, within the panorama of SCADA/HMI.
In 2013, Progea Group released Movicon.NExT, a new generation of its SCADA/HMI software platform.
Movicon.NExT is the industrial software platform designed to overcome the limitations of traditional SCADA/HMI technologies, to provide automation engineers with easier access to modular solutions for supervision, HMI, control, historians, plant analytics and industrial analysis.
Movicon.NExT is based on the Automation Platform.NExT, a software architecture designed for building the foundations of modern automation software. The Automation Platform.NExT’s Information Model is defined by the OPC UA standards, which guarantees maximum native connectivity to any device or application module based on this technology for high security and performance.
Movicon.NExT is an open and scalable platform that relies on .NET technologies and incorporates a new generation of WPF/XAML vector graphics rendering software. It is structured on the modular concepts with plug-in technology to make industrial software architecture more open and scalable, and to allow the integration of function modules that are capable of managing all business enterprise needs efficiently.
Besides using the information model defined by the OPC UA standards, Movicon.NExT utilizes WCF technology in its communication infrastructures and offers a great number of integrated and native I/O drivers to manage communication protocols of the most commonly used automation devices.
Movicon.NExT offers a configuration environment for the creation of industrial automation projects of varying complexity. System function models including those designed by third parties can be integrated in the platform for inter-project use. The platform supports features such as configuration, communication, visualization, data logging, analysis, security, control and information distribution across all company levels, both locally and internationally in different locations.