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New Portenta Machine Control library boosts industrial project performance

Arduino TeamFebruary 28th, 2024

At Arduino, we’re committed to providing developers with tools that make the coding process smooth and efficient. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the new Arduino_PortentaMachineControl library, an upgraded version designed to replace the deprecated Arduino_MachineControl library. It comes with a number of improvements, from a revamped structure to enhanced documentation, making it easier than ever to manage the features of the Arduino Portenta Machine Control.

Don’t know the Arduino Portenta Machine Control? It’s a versatile industrial control unit offering soft-PLC control, diverse I/O options, and flexible network connectivity. For more information about this product, visit the dedicated page.

What you’ll find in the new library

  • Enhanced library structure: We restructured the library to improve its organization, making it more intuitive. This ensures that you can quickly locate and utilize the functions you need for your projects. 
  • Easier-to-understand names: We standardized function and class names for better consistency and readability. This change ensures a clearer and more understandable codebase. 
  • Optimized efficiency: We eliminated unnecessary functions, decluttering the library and focusing on the essential features needed for effective machine control. 
  • Refreshed and clearer examples: You’ll find reworked examples to showcase the library’s capabilities, providing a better demonstration of the board’s features and of their usage.

User manual and migration tutorial

But that’s not all! Alongside the library, we’re excited to release the official user manual for the Arduino Portenta Machine Control: an essential and in-depth guide to all the board’s features, readily available to all users.

In addition – knowing that transitioning from the old Arduino_MachineControl library might pose some challenges – we’ve prepared a detailed migration tutorial to guide you seamlessly through the process. Make the switch confidently and take advantage of the improved functionality offered by the new library!

And if that’s not enough, we’ve also included additional technical documentation with the library, ensuring that you have all the information you need to benefit from its new and improved capabilities.

Ready to elevate your industrial product?

Download the Arduino_PortentaMachineControl library through the Arduino IDE library manager or directly from the GitHub repository.

Don’t forget to explore the user manual and the migration tutorial to make the most of the new features.

We’re excited to see how this library empowers your projects and takes your Arduino development to new heights. Happy coding!

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