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Subject:           PLCopen newsletter May 2011



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PLCopen Newsletter - Issue May 2011



1.      PLCopen Motion Control version 2.0 released

2.      Meet us at FA/PA in Beijing, China - May 18-20

3.      OPC Day Europe 2011



1. PLCopen Motion Control version 2.0 released


Version 2.0, the new specification of PLCopen Function Blocks for Motion Control has been released.


The success of the PLCopen Motion Control started with the release of the first specification in November 2001. Feedback from both users and implementers resulted in an update in 2005, Version 1.1. Also in 2005 the first release of Part 2 - Extensions, was published. This part is an addition to Part 1 and not so much a stand alone document.


This new document not only merges Part 1 and Part 2 of the suite of PLCopen motion control specifications but in addition several changes were done.


For more information and for downloading the specification please check our website


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2. Meet us at FA/PA in Beijing, China - May 18-20


The FA/PA (Modern Factory / Process Automation Show) is the leading automation show in North China and takes place in the China National Convention Centre. The three-day event will have exhibitors from all over the world demonstrating their latest products and technologies.


PLCopen will have a booth at this event in hall E2 - booth D066.


Eelco van der Wal, Managing Director of PLCopen, will give a presentation at the Cameta Summit of Industrial Automation Technology. The Theme of this summit is Safety and Simplicity.

The PLCopen presentation “From Data to Information Communication” on the cooperation between OPC Foundation and PLCopen which resulted in the OPC UA Information Model for IEC 61131-3, is on May 18, starting at 11:10 in Conference Hall 309A.


More information on the FA/PA event can be found at their website.


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3. OPC Day Europe 2011


OPC Foundation Europe has announced an “OPC Day Europe 2011” hosted by SAP at their Headquarters in Germany on May 25, 2011. The event is open for OPC members and non–members.


Purpose of the event is to:

·        Educate attendees by providing OPC updates and information

·        Show commitment from international companies

·        Demonstrate OPC-UA: from controller to enterprise

·        Demonstrate adoption and provide success stories

·        Networking opportunity with potential customers, vendors and sponsors


OPC Foundation and PLCopen have combined their technologies to form one platform and manufacturer-independent information and communication architecture. The mix of OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) and IEC 61131-3 is thus the future-safe basis for the realization of automation tasks.


Registration per web:


For more information on OPC UA and to download the technical specification "OPC UA Information Model for IEC 61131-3", version 1.00,  please check our website


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Kind regards,


Eelco van der Wal

Managing Director PLCopen


PO Box 3009

NL 4200 EA Gorinchem, the Netherlands

tel.: +31-183-660261

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