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Subject:           PLCopen® Newsletter December 2014



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PLCopen Newsletter - Issue December 2014


The year 2014 is coming to an end. For many of you it probably was again a year with changes, challenges and uncertainty, but there were some good results too.


Thank you all for your support and the interest in the work of PLCopen. For those who celebrate it, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a very successful new year, in your professional and especially in your personal life.



1. New PLCopen Motion Control certifications

2. Learn more on PLCopen

3. PLCopen XML enters a new phase as IEC 61131-10

4. PLCopen Software Construction Guidelines

5. PLCopen sponsors ARC’s 19th Annual Industry Forum




1. New PLCopen Motion Control certifications


We are glad to announce that additional products of our members have been certified for PLCopen Motion Control, and especially since two companies certify for Part 4 – Coordinated Motion.


The companies and products are:


Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik Ges.m.b.H. has been awarded the PLCopen Motion Control Certificate Part 4 (Coordinated Motion) for its product GmcGrpAPI.


Lenze Automation GmbH has been awarded the Motion Control Certificate for both Part 1 (Function Blocks) and Part 4 (Coordinated Motion) for its product Lenze Motion (PLC Designer)


Schneider Electric Automation GmbH has been awarded the Motion Control Certificate for Part 1 (Function Blocks) for two products: Motion library for servo drive Lexium28 and Motion library for PLCopen Fieldbus Devices.


This brings the total number of certified companies to 29 and of certified products to 50. For more information please check our website


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2. Learn more on PLCopen


On our website there are updates of PLCopen presentations available for public use. The latest update is on PLCopen Safety.


The range covers the different topics, each with a separate presentation:


1.         PLCopen General Introduction

2.         An introduction in IEC 61131-3

3.         PLCopen Motion Control

4.         PLCopen Safety

5.         PLCopen OPC UA


All presentations include notes which help you through the presentation.


The presentation on XML is under construction and will be made available soon.

There is no copyright on these presentations so you can adopt them to your own needs, provided that you refer to PLCopen in your own presentation.


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3. PLCopen XML enters a new phase as IEC 61131-10


The PLCopen Technical Committee (TC6) - XML opened up the IEC 61131-3 development environments by specifying the XML schema for this. As such it provides an open interface to the different software engineering tools needed in a project. PLCopen TC6 published their XML schema and documentation in May 2009 as version 2.01. This version included general feedback as well as the requirements for the format of the sequencing as output of their Automation Markup Language (AutomationML™) as an intermediate format for the Digital Factory. For more information check


Since last October we have entered a new phase for this document as Task Force 10 in the IEC TC65 SC65B WG7, with a focus to be published as IEC 61131-10. With this it will become an integral part of the IEC 61131 specification.

This working group currently consists of representation for Austria, France, Japan, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and China and had their kick-off meeting on October 28 till 30 in Frankfurt a.M., Germany, with further meetings planned beginning next year.

This version will include the extensions and changes of the 3rd edition of the IEC 61131-3 standard, and will provide a general interface to the software development tools. PLCopen will keep its intellectual property rights on the schema, specification and documentation.

The release will consist of a technical specification, the XML schema, and a document describing this schema.


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4. PLCopen Software Construction Guidelines


PLCopen started a working group last year to create guidelines on the software creation process with a focus to IEC 61131-3 and the PLCopen extensions to this.

The key topic of this new PLCopen Software Construction Guidelines working group is the definition of Rules, Coding Patterns and Guidance for the better creation of industrial control software. These rules will be published as a technical document and marketed by PLCopen.

Nowadays large automation companies have their own rules but many mid-size companies or newcomers are very interested in a helping hand as provided by these PLCopen guidelines. Such guidelines will have a great impact in expanding IEC 61131-3 and the PLCopen extensions further in the world.


Currently the following working groups are defined for the different areas of interest:


•           Coding Guidelines (including naming conventions and rules)

•           Software quality issues and software consistency

•           Creating PLCopen compliant Function Blocks

•           Structuring and decomposition via SFC (do’s & don’ts)

•           Guidance for documentation in software programs

•           Library usage

•           Software development process


The rules will be very useful to train users and can be a good basis for universities to help them to teach IEC 61131-3 programming as well as PLCopen motion control, safety, communication and exchange, more efficiently.


The results of the different subgroups will be made available on the PLCopen website on an on-going basis.


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5. PLCopen sponsors ARC’s 19th Annual Industry Forum


The ARC Industry Forum is the “must attend” learning event of the year for industry executives and technology solution providers.


PLCopen is sponsoring ARC’s 19th Annual Industry Forum – Industry in Transition:  The Information Driven Enterprise for the Connected World

February 9-12, 2015 – Orlando, Florida, USA.


What does it mean to be information-driven?  New information technologies such as Internet of Things, predictive analytics, intelligent embedded systems, network connectivity, additive manufacturing, cloud computing, mobility, and 3D visualization are beginning to disrupt and radically change the way companies do business.  An information-driven enterprise leverages these new technology solutions to improve business processes, achieve agility, and sustain a competitive edge.  Join us to learn how an information-driven strategy can better position you to succeed and determine how you can best approach critical technology decisions.  Forum programs include:


• Cyber Security

• Analytics and Big Data

• Connected Asset Performance

• Cloud Computing

• Innovations in Automation

• Industrial Internet of Things

• Workforce Development and Training

• Energy Optimization


For more information, please visit:


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Kind regards,


Eelco van der Wal

Managing Director PLCopen


P.O. Box 3009

NL 4200 EA Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Tel. +31-183-660261

Fax +31-183-664821





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