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Automation at the speed of software development

Based on Visual Studio Code, SIMATIC AX offers state-of-the-art IT tools in a lean development environment for programming and maintaining SIMATIC PLCs. This enables fast releases, quality management and collaboration from anywhere.

Bringing IT & OT closer together

SIMATIC AX, short for Automation Xpansion, introduces proven methods & mechanisms from software development to the world of industrial automation. Together with the TIA Portal, you benefit from modular engineering workflows to empower IT-savvy automation engineers with a versatile and adaptable toolchain, tailored to their requirements: working together, from anywhere and in the way that suits them.

Leverage the power of IT methods & mechanisms for your automation projects

  • Make use of an automation engineering solution based on the worlds most used integrated development environment VISUAL STUDIO CODE

  • Set modular standards with Object-oriented programming in STRUCTURED TEXT

  • Increase software quality trough UNIT TESTING


  • Increase efficiency and speed through a COMMAND LINE INTERFACE first approach

  • Handle complex dependencies easily with a proven PACKAGE MANAGEMENT solution

  • Ensure stable, fast, and automated release cycles with CI PIPELINES

  • Connect and deploy from anywhere thanks to a CLOUD CONNECTION

  • Foster transparency and automation through HUMAN-READABLE - PLAIN TEXT source code

  • Choose the preferred work mode – native in the CLOUD or LOCAL

  • Adapt the system to workflow needs via EXTENSIONS, SCRIPTS and PACKAGES provided by SIEMENS, third parties or you

  • Harness the power of a collective intelligence through an OPEN SOURCE GITHUB COMMUNITY

Developer Resources

Learn how to use SIMATIC AX and start developing your own STRUCTURED TEXT applications.

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Website Website.
Developer Documentation Developer Documentation.
SIMATIC AX Open Source Community Simatic AX Open Source Community on GitHub


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