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Subject:            PLCopen® releases 3 new specifications

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PLCopen Newsletter - Issue October 2016

 

1. New: PLCopen releases first draft of creating PLCopen compliant libraries

2. New: PLCopen Safe Motion specification: Release for Comments till Dec 5, 2016

3. New: PLCopen OPC UA Client for IEC 61131-3 Version 1.1

4. PLCopen welcomes new member

5. Meet us at the IAS Shanghai, China

6. PLCopen returns as PACK EXPO partner

7. Meet us at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, Germany

8. PLCopen sponsors ARC’s 21st Annual Industry Forum

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1. New: PLCopen releases first draft of creating PLCopen compliant libraries

Part of the modern software development methodology is creating re-usable components, called function blocks, which contain part of the application software functionality. This process is called encapsulation. The next step is to integrate these tested and documented components in a library, which everybody in and outside the organization can use, and in this way create extended application software faster and with fewer errors. This is where the association PLCopen contributed with their document on how to create PLCopen compliant libraries.

 

The association PLCopen specified these kinds of re-usable components already for many application areas, like the function blocks for motion control, safety and communication. Now PLCopen wants to reach out to the software engineers that create their own libraries on top of this. These software engineers can be found in areas like machine builders and system integrators.

To ease the development of user libraries, PLCopen together with its members created guidelines on how to create PLCopen compliant function blocks.

In order to improve this specification PLCopen has released this document as version 0.99 “Release for Comments” and appreciates if you will give feedback before November 25, 2016. All received feedback will be used to create a final version of this document.

 

The specification can be downloaded from our website.

 

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2. New: PLCopen Safe Motion specification, version 0.99 Release for Comments till Dec 5, 2016

The PLCopen Technical Committee 5, TC5, deals with software for safety environments with a focus to the operating personnel. The Committee has already published several specifications, like the Technical Specification Part 1: Concepts and Function Blocks Version 1.0 of January 31, 2006 as well as consecutive parts. Inside these published specifications the safety aspects around motion have been described only partially. A new specification “PLCopen Safe Motion” fills this gap.

 

The emergence of (fast) digital networks made it possible to link many motors to a controller. In many cases servo technology replaces the large single motor solution, making the functionalities locally available in the machine and also replacing the previously mechanical solutions by software control. This solution is also referred to as “mechatronic solutions”.

With multiple motors, the safety connections have changed also: from a hardwired safety solution to a solution over a safety network with a dedicated safety controller added to the functional controller (PLC).

In order to support these trends it is necessary to reflect the safety functionality in the software environment. This paper identifies user friendly solutions for this.

 

The PLCopen technical specification Safe Motion is now published as version 0.99 Release for Comments and can be downloaded from our website. The deadline for comments is December 5, 2016. For more information on PLCopen Safe Motion check our website www.PLCopen.org.

 

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3. New: PLCopen OPC UA Client for IEC 61131-3 Version 1.1

PLCopen together with the OPC Foundation published a new edition of the definition of a set of Function Blocks providing OPC-UA client functionality. With this functionality implemented on a controller it becomes possible to initiate a communication session to any other available PLCopen OPC-UA Server. The controller can exchange complex data structures horizontally with other controllers independently from fieldbus system or vertically with other devices using an OPC-UA server call in an MES/ERP system in order to collect data or even write new production orders to the cloud. It allows a production line to be independently active in combination with integrated OPC-UA Security features.

 

The original version 1.0 was published 2 years ago, and during several implementations and feedback from additional supporting companies it became clear that additional as well as different functionality was needed, especially concerning a better user interface and better usability. By specifying function blocks that deal with a “List” feature, one can work much easier with sets of data like variables or nodes. Now one can create a list of variables coupled to the required functionality, where originally one has to use a function block for each functionality and variable. This provides more effective programs with a better overview.

 

The document is available on the PLCopen website.

 

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4. PLCopen welcomes new member

PLCopen is very happy to announce a new member:

 

Stäubli Robotics, a leading player in robotics around the world, based in France.

 

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5. Meet us at the IAS Shanghai, China

The Industrial Automation Show (IAS), the industry barometer for the China automation market, takes place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) during November 1–5, 2016.

 

PLCopen has a booth in hall 5.1 # D130 and the Managing Director Eelco van der Wal will attend. Come and meet him there.

 

Check: www.industrial-automation-show.com to find out more about this show.

 

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6. PLCopen returns as PACK EXPO partner

Visit PLCopen as it joins 30 other associations in the Partner Program at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 (Nov. 6–9; McCormick Place, Chicago).

Located in Booth N-4703, PLCopen will be among 2,400–plus exhibitors and countless education opportunities on the show floor.

 

The Innovation Stage is shaping up to be the largest and most robust on-floor education feature since its inception in 2012, according to show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

On the PACK EXPO International side, three stages, located in the Grand Concourse, will bring together industry leaders and subject matter experts for free educational programming addressing the most top-of-mind issues and trends.

 

Please use this link and the PLCopen company code 63K31 for your complimentary registration.

 

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7. Meet us at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, Germany

PLCopen will have a booth at the upcoming SPS IPC Drives which takes place in Nuremberg from November 22-24. SPS IPC Drives is Europe’s leading exhibition for electric automation.

 

You will find us in Hall 7, booth number 174.

 

For more information on the event check: www.mesago.de

 

Or, go to http://www.sps-exhibition.com/tickets  and register with the number 1612241696 for your complimentary entry ticket. You will receive your personal entry ticket via email. This ticket entitles you for free entry on all three days of the exhibition.

 

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8. PLCopen sponsors ARC’s 21st 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 21st Annual Industry Forum – ‘Industry in Transition:  Realizing the Digital Enterprise’, which takes place from February 6-9, 2017 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

 

Industrial companies are revisiting their own business processes and technology approaches as competitors and partners start to employ 'digitalized' business processes and exploit the increasing convergence between operational technology (OT), engineering technology (ET) and information technology (IT) on the plant floor. Trusted technology vendors are moving from Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts to real IIoT products, solutions, and services. Companies are creating and implementing open source alternatives to traditional technology solutions. Governments around the world are supporting manufacturing growth initiatives. Emerging business models allow manufacturers to rethink, or even outsource, asset management. Intelligent connected products, along with network communications, software, and analytics now enable manufacturers to improve uptime and optimize operating performance. Other hot topics such as cognitive computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence power much of this transformation. The Digital Enterprise benefits from smarter products, new service and operating models, new production techniques, and new approaches to design and sourcing.

 

How will disruptive technologies change existing products and plants? How will open source solutions impact traditional software and automation domains? Is cybersecurity a threat to digitalization and, if so, how can the risk be mitigated? How ‘smart’ are smart machines, and what benefit will these bring? How do Big Data and predictive and prescriptive analytics enable operational change? How do connected products create opportunities in aftermarket services? What software capabilities are needed to achieve transformational change? Which industries are already changing? What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?

 

Join us at the 21st annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida to learn more about how the digital enterprise will be realized and the benefits that this can bring. 

For more information on the Forum program, please visit:  www.arcweb.com.

 

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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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