A Smart 1.0 Windows-based, programmable logic controller (PLC) platform for use in industrial ovens has been developed. It provides the both the cost effectiveness of a PLC and the flexibility of Windows. The controller is scalable, extensible and customizable. The Smart 1.0 PLC features a real-time function screen and communicates in real time. It offers touch-screen navigation, smart data logging and trending, intuitive alarms and easy programming.