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Benefits of Membership

Why support PLCopen?

PLCopen creates efficiency in industrial automation by harmonizing logic, motion, safety, communication and data exchange.
Via these PLCopen specifications you can reduce costs through:

  • Faster application development
  • Reduced commissioning time
  • Reduced life cycle cost
  • PLCopen supports operational improvements

PLCopen Mission

We want to be the leading association resolving topics related to control programming to support the use of international standards in this field.

What does this mean:

bullet PLCopen is focused on providing independent information on programming methods.
bullet Improving user awareness of the benefits of standardized programming.
bullet Extending and improving the IEC 61131-3 standard.
bullet Creating concepts to reduce the costs of industrial automation.
bullet Cost savings are realized in areas such as engineering, training, operation and maintenance.

Benefits of PLCopen Membership

Membership of PLCopen has many benefits for vendors, users and institutes. It demonstrates a commitment of vendors and users to open software standards. PLCopen is a truly international and independent organization, with around 100 members from around the world.

bullet Direct influence on technical issues involving the standard and its updates
bullet Contact with other vendors, users and institutes. These informal contacts have proven to be a major benefit to the members.
bullet Early exchange of information; during meetings and via the minutes of meetings. Access to this information is provided to all members, even if not represented in a committee.
bullet Definition of and early access to benchmarks, for example for compliance testing.
bullet Early recognition of trends.
bullet Identification as a supporter of standardization. Users increasingly demand products which comply with the IEC 61131-3 standard as well as PLCopen extensions to this standard. A vendor who openly supports the standards is more readily accepted by these users.
bullet PLCopen publishes the names of the voting members on its website and at trade shows. This visibility is important free publicity.
bullet Possibility of direct marketing access to interested prospects via support of PLCopen booth at trade shows.
bullet Usage of the numerous PLCopen logos and reference on the website and in the newsletter in case of PLCopen certification.

Membership categories

PLCopen strongly supports the user community and offers several membership categories. The annual contribution depends on voting and non-voting rights, the number of relevant employees involved in industrial control and the nature of the organization. There are 3 different sizes: over 1,000 relevant employees, between 100 and 1000 and less than 100.

The different organizational types are:

bullet Companies: commercial organizations active in the field of Industrial Control
bullet Users: focused on the application and usage of Industrial Control
bullet Re-sellers: added value is not in the Industrial Control or its programming environment. In many cases they use an independent software development environment from a third party..
bullet Non-profit organizations: institutes registered as non-profit organizations
bullet Educational institutes: such as universities and technical schools

Voting members are listed on the PLCopen website and in various PLCopen publications. One voting member equals one vote, no matter what the size of the company. They can participate in the Technical Committees and have their products certified for IEC 61131-3 languages, Motion Control and Safe Software Compliance.

In the non-voting membership category, all non-voting members are equal. They receive all the benefits listed above without the right to vote. And  non-voting members are not visible as PLCopen members; their names are not listed on the PLCopen website or in other publications.

User members can actively participate in Technical Committees, but Resellers cannot. This category of membership is like a sponsorship without visibility.

As is true for every organization, an active membership supports yields better results than a passive one. Thus, an active membership, contributing to the different committees, is encouraged.

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