Basic terminology

Terminology used throughout this section and in the SDA Console

This section provides details on the basic terminology used in the SDA Console to represent devices or device groups on the shop floor.

  • Gateways: Devices with an operating system that serve as network entry points for devices typically talking to cloud services

  • Controls: Compile-time twins of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) or micro-controllers (e.g., RaspberryPi), whereas twin means representation of (hardware) configuration and source code in the cloud

  • Projects: Automation projects containing PLC or micro-controller control code and all relevant hardware configurations

  • Control Groups: A way to logically organize Controls (e.g., by production line)

  • Local client: A Windows desktop app provided by SDA to facilitate syncing PLC project to and from the SDA platform

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