CODESYS - The “ANDROID” and “NETFLIX” of Industrial Automation?


CODESYS is setting unprecedented standards, much like Android did for mobile operating systems and Netflix for digital streaming. The question we’re trying to answer is if CODESYS can be dubbed the “Android of Industrial Automation” and the “Netflix of Consumerism,” CODESYS is revolutionising the way industries approach automation with its open, adaptable platform and on-demand accessibility. This blog post will explore the striking similarities between CODESYS and these two technological giants, illustrating why CODESYS is quickly becoming a frontrunner in the automation industry. 

Part 1: CODESYS as the Android of Industrial Automation

To make it easier to understand CODESYS check out – Real Pars’ “CODESYS Basics | What is CODESYS and Why is it Important?”.

Or read the full blog about CODESYS – The “Android” Of The Automation Industry.

In summary – here’s why and how CODESYS can be dubbed the Android of the automation industry. 

  • Open Platform: CODESYS and Android both offer open platforms that encourage innovation and customisation. This openness allows developers to create diverse applications tailored to specific needs.
  • Extensive Programming Language Support: CODESYS supports multiple programming languages under the IEC 61131-3 standard, similar to how Android supports languages like Java and Kotlin. This flexibility enables professionals to select the best language for their specific projects.
  • Comprehensive Development Tools: Both platforms provide a robust set of tools, libraries, and APIs, facilitating efficient application development tailored for their respective fields (industrial automation for CODESYS and mobile applications for Android).
  • Wide Device Compatibility: CODESYS is compatible with a diverse array of hardware platforms, much like Android’s compatibility across various mobile devices. This ensures that CODESYS can integrate with different types of automation hardware, from PLCs to HMIs.
  • Enhanced Connectivity and Communication: Both platforms emphasise strong connectivity and support multiple communication protocols, enabling seamless integration of various devices and systems within their networks.
  • Widespread Market Adoption: Just as Android is widely adopted in the consumer electronics sphere, CODESYS has become a popular choice in the automation industry, recognised for its versatility and robust community support.
  • Customisation and Flexibility: CODESYS allows detailed customisation and flexibility in automation solutions, paralleling Android’s ability to personalise devices and applications according to user preferences.

Part 2: CODESYS as the Netflix of Consumerism

On-Demand Services

CODESYS operates on a platform that provides users with instant access to a wide range of automation tools and software libraries, similar to how Netflix offers a vast library of movies and shows available for streaming at any moment. In CODESYS, users can download and integrate various software components directly from the CODESYS Store or through the platform’s integrated update and management system. This functionality ensures that automation professionals can quickly access and deploy the tools they need without the delays associated with traditional software procurement and setup.

Key Facts:

  • Immediate access to updates and new features without the need for physical installations or shipping.
  • Ability to respond swiftly to changes in project requirements by accessing new or different resources on-demand.

User-Friendly Interface 

CODESYS is designed with a user-centric interface that simplifies navigation and operation, akin to Netflix’s intuitive design which allows users to easily browse, search, and access content. CODESYS features a graphical interface that supports various programming environments, including ladder diagram, structured text, and function block diagram, making it accessible to users with different technical backgrounds. The interface is optimised for ease of use, with drag-and-drop functionality, comprehensive debugging tools, and visual aids that help streamline the development process.

Key facts:

  • Customisable user interface that allows automation engineers to adjust views and toolsets according to their preferences and project needs, enhancing usability and efficiency.


CODESYS provides a scalable architecture that can be easily adapted to fit various industrial setups, from small-scale single controller operations to extensive systems with multiple PLCs and networked devices. This scalability is facilitated by CODESYS’s ability to function seamlessly on a range of hardware platforms, supporting a diverse set of PLCs and embedded systems. This flexibility ensures that as a project grows or evolves, CODESYS can accommodate increased complexity without needing a complete overhaul of the existing system.

Key Facts:

  • Modular design allows for incremental additions and upgrades, accommodating growth and changes in industrial processes.
  • Consistent performance across different scales of operation, from low-power embedded controllers to powerful industrial computers.

Vendor Independence and Competitive Edge

Unlike traditional automation platforms, CODESYS offers significant vendor independence, allowing users to choose from a wide array of hardware and software without being tied to a specific manufacturer. This open ecosystem is similar to how Netflix broke away from traditional cable TV models by offering content from various studios without locking viewers into long-term contracts.

Key Facts:

  • Freedom to choose from a vast range of compatible hardware, avoiding the limitations of vendor-specific solutions.
  • Ability to integrate and communicate across diverse systems and protocols, enhancing interoperability within industrial environments.

The Past Landscape 

Siemens TIA Portal and Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000 are notable solutions in the industrial automation space. However, these platforms often involve a certain degree of vendor lock-in, where using their software generally means committing to their specific hardware and ecosystems.

Similar to the traditional TV model, where viewers were restricted to specific channels and packages, these competitors often limit the flexibility for users to integrate outside tools or switch between different hardware options seamlessly.

CODESYS’s approach provides a flexible usage model with a wide variety of tools and compatibility options, mirroring the modern streaming model introduced by Netflix. This not only provides users with the freedom to tailor solutions specifically to their needs but also avoids the restrictive commitments and high costs associated with traditional vendor-locked systems.

More specifically, you get to access and purchase everything in one store. The all-in-one one-stop-shop, ensuring stock security, and avoiding long delay times in product delivery

Real-Time Capabilities

  • Deterministic Processing: Ensures strict timing precision for control tasks in milliseconds.
  • Real-Time Communication: Supports protocols like EtherCAT and PROFINET for fast data exchange and synchronisation.
  • Industrial Synchronisation: Provides seamless operation and synchronisation of complex industrial processes, akin to buffering-free streaming on Netflix.
  • Source: CODESYS official documentation and user manuals.

Extensive Compatibility

  • Hardware Agnostic: Runs on a variety of hardware platforms regardless of the manufacturer.
  • Broad Device Support: Compatible with over 1000 devices from more than 400 manufacturers.
  • Ease of Integration: Utilises Device Description Files for easy addition of new devices.

Innovation and Updates

  • Continuous Updates: Regular software updates enhance functionality and security, similar to updates on Android and Netflix.
  • Technological Advancements: Updates include new tools, improved interfaces, and enhanced protocol support.
  • Security Enhancements: Frequent security patches protect against vulnerabilities, ensuring system integrity.

Additional Insights: Integration Possibilities

Looking forward, the potential for CODESYS to integrate with emerging technologies such as AI and big data is immense. These integrations could further enhance the platform’s capabilities:

  • AI Integration: Implementing artificial intelligence could enable predictive maintenance, quality control, and automated decision-making within CODESYS, enhancing both the efficiency and precision of industrial operations.
  • Big Data Analytics: By incorporating big data analytics, CODESYS could offer advanced data visualisation and analysis features, helping users to optimise processes and reduce downtime through better insights into system performance.
  • IoT Expansion: Extending integration with the Internet of Things (IoT) could make CODESYS a central hub for managing not only industrial automation tasks but also overseeing entire IoT ecosystems, facilitating better data flow and coordination across devices.

As CODESYS continues to evolve and adopt these cutting-edge technologies, it is poised to redefine industrial automation further, making it more intelligent, interconnected, and efficient.

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