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To:                   Subscribers PLCopen Newsletter

Subject:            PLCopen® Newsletter July 2016

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PLCopen Newsletter - Issue July 2016

 

1. PLCopen Safety

2. Changes PLCopen Board of Management

3. New PLCopen Motion Control certifications

4. PLCopen welcomes new member

5. PLCopen returns as PACK EXPO partner

6. Time to join PLCopen

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1. PLCopen Safety

 

In February 2006, the PLCopen Technical Committee 5 published their Safety Specification Part 1 - Concepts and Function Blocks for Safety Functions. This specification contains the software model, the subset, and the concept of generic Function Blocks, as well as the specific function blocks, 20 in total.

 

Since Part 1 is more focused to implementers of functionalities, PLCopen realized it needed to do more to help OEMs to add the safety functionality to their machines’ application software. For this reason Part 2 – User Guidelines was developed and released in 2008. Part 2 is focused to the users of the PLCopen functionalities and demonstrates the ease of use of the defined function blocks in real life applications.

 

Since the release of Part 1 and 2 it became obvious that there were errors as well as ambiguities in the basic document. Therefore the TC5 Safety Committee of PLCopen decided to merge all errors and editorial changes to this document as ‘Appendix to Part 1’, while all additions to Part 1 were assembled in a document called Part 3 – Extensions to Part 1. The Appendix is a working document of the TC5. Part 3 was published in 2014; the new functions blocks extend the scope of the safety specification and harmonize the diagnostics interface for easier handling by the user.

 

With the usage of presses on the factory floor, the safety of personnel is very important. For this reason PLCopen worked on Part 4 - Application specific Function Blocks for Presses. In this way the implementation of the safety functionality is harmonized across the different implementations. This document contains a general overview of the implementation of safety around presses, coupled to eleven specific function blocks. Part 4 was also released in 2014.

 

We are now in the process of updating Part 1 via the inclusion of the Appendix to Part 1, and merging Part 1 and 3. This will resolve the errors and additions listed in the Appendix. In addition we will update the references to the other safety Standards, harmonize the document with the error behaviour section in Part 4, and bring the safety specification in line with the PLCopen Coding Guidelines. A first draft of this document is now available for PLCopen members only. Later this year we will publish the “Release for Comments” version to include the feedback from the world wide community, so including you.

 

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2. Changes PLCopen Board of Management

 

On May 31, PLCopen had a very successful annual General Meeting in Amsterdam. Part of the meeting were changes in the Board of Management.

 

Kevin Hull of Yaskawa proposed to transfer his Board membership to his European colleague David Tobon.

David is the Group Leader Motion Application of the Drives & Motion Division within Yaskawa Europe and based in Eschborn, Germany. He has more than 13 years of experience in the field of industrial motion control in various capacities, from lead PLC programmer to Engineering Manager. And has written or consulted in dozens of PLC and motion controller programs targeting various industries such as Food & Beverage, packaging, handling, pharma, paper converting, plastic bag and ceramics. “I am very proud to join the PLCopen board of Management.  I hope to contribute in our joint goals with my current professional pursuits: optimization of PLCopen software for the packaging industry, PackML, PackConnect, Smart Factory, machine learning, and crossing the borders between motion and robotics”, says David Tobon.

 

We are glad to announce that David Tobon joins the Board of Management as a new member.

We wish him a good start in his new role and a successful period with our Board of Management.

 

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3. New PLCopen Motion Control certifications

 

Four of our members, of which three only recently joined our organization, have been awarded the PLCopen Motion Control certification for their products:

 

Delta Electronics, based in Taiwan, for AH08EMC/AH10EMC/AH20EMC (PLCopen Motion Control Part 1);

 

KINGSTAR, based in USA, for KingStar Soft Motion (PLCopen Motion Control Part 1);

 

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC, based in Japan for CC-Link IE Field Network master module and the CC-Link IE Field Network servo amplifier MR-J4-GF (PLCopen Motion Control Part 1); and

 

NEXCOM International, based in Taiwan, for NIFE200 (PLCopen Motion Control Part 1).

 

This brings the number of members with a PLCopen Motion Control certification on 34, and the total of certified products on 63.

 

For more information check our website.

 

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4. PLCopen welcomes new member

 

One company recently joined PLCopen as a member:

 

Arla Foods a dairy cooperative owned by farmers and based in Denmark.

 

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5. PLCopen returns as PACK EXPO partner

 

PLCopen is once again a Tier One Partner in the PACK EXPO Partner Program for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO (Nov. 6-9; McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois). The four-day event offers a projected 50,000 attendees access to over 2,300 exhibiting over more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space.

“We are expecting the 2016 installment of PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO to break records across the board. The size of the show, the number of exhibiting companies and total attendance are all projected to surpass past shows,” says Jim Pittas, PMMI, senior vice president, Trade Shows. “No other show in North America will offer the depth and breadth of solutions providers like PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO.”

 

As in previous years, PMMI is producing Pharma EXPO in partnership with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). With such a broad exhibitor base, the show presents PLCopen members unparalleled access to the industry and an unmatched opportunity to explore a wide range of industries across 40 vertical markets. PLCopen will be one of over 25 associations exhibiting in the Association Partner Pavilion.

In addition to the invaluable connections and innovations for business solutions, the show will also provide unprecedented learning opportunities through a robust series of presentations taking place at four Innovation Stages located on the show floor. These learning hubs will offer 30-minute seminars on breakthrough ideas and technologies conducted by exhibitors and industry thought leaders at PACK EXPO.

Additional show features include the Reusables Learning Center, sponsored by the Reusable Packaging Association, where attendees can learn about integrating reusables into the supply chain, thus maximizing profits and sustainability simultaneously and the Showcase of Packaging Innovations®, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, where attendees from every vertical can view award-winning packaging from around the globe. Lounges are available for specific industries to meet and learn about the latest innovations, like the Beverage Cooler lounge, hosted by the International Society of Beverage Technologists and sponsored by BEUMER Group; the Baking & Snack Break lounge, hosted by Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association and sponsored by Dorner Manufacturing Corporation, and the Candy Bar lounge, hosted by National Confectioners Association and sponsored by Matrix Packaging Machinery.

 

You can register for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 online at www.packexpointernational.com. Registration for PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO is $30 through Oct. 14, when it increases to $100.

 

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6. Time to join PLCopen

 

Software plays an ever-increasing role in industrial automation. This results in a software cost increase, even to the point that it becomes the highest part of the total system. To control these costs, one needs higher efficiency during the application development, while increasing the software quality.

PLCopen consistently improves efficiency. We provide possibilities for faster application development, faster commissioning time and reduced life cycle costs. We are able to accomplish this by being a platform of cooperation for our members. We have members from all fields of the industry joining our organization.

Due to PLCopen’s activities of standardizing base functions, your efficiency in automation control technology increases, your costs reduce and you can focus on your core competence. The PLCopen organization offers a solid base for harmonizing principle technological challenges and a platform for members to work on these.

If you are active in industrial control, think about joining our organization.

"Be part of an efficient automation future, be part of PLCopen!"

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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

 

Email: evdwal@PLCopen.org

www.PLCopen.org

 

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