The business models around open source

January 2, 2023

Open source has arrived in industry. The first business models based on open source are also emerging in the automation industry. Some of them are causing heated discussions in the scene. Robert Weber and the editors of Factory present three examples.


One of the examples is FLECS, whose solution addresses app developers, machine builders and PLC manufacturers at the same time. From our point of view, this symbiosis is only possible through open source and offers all participants the maximum transparency and flexibility that our industry requires.

Which examples there are besides us and whether we are the ones who cause heated discussions, you can read directly at Factorynet.

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