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To: Subscribers PLCopen Newsletter
Subject: PLCopen newsletter Issue October 2009

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PLCopen Newsletter - Issue October 2009  

1. PLCopen accreditation for Shenyang Institute as Test Laboratory

2. Motion Control - Fluid Power kick off

3. New member joined PLCopen

4. PLCopen Safe Software - certifications for Baumueller and Bachmann

5. PLCopen Training - certification for Copalp

6. Change of Management PLCopen Japan

7. New IEC 61131-3 book available in Japanese language

8. Meet us at PACK Expo, USA

9. Meet us at SAVE, Italy  


1. PLCopen accreditation for Shenyang Institute as Test Laboratory  

PLCopen accredited its second test institute, being the first test institute in China. The Shenyang Institute of Automation was accredited and with a positive result, receiving its accreditation for a period of 4 years.  

"I am very glad that the PLCopen certification topics not only extended to a second institute, but in particular to a second region, i.c. China. This shows the importance of the industrial market in China where local products are under development including IEC 61131-3 development environments" stated Mr. Eelco van der Wal, Managing Director of PLCopen and as such the assessor for the institute. "I was impressed by the sense of quality of the people involved at this institute".  

This accreditation is a formal recognition that the test laboratory is competent to carry out specific tests in compliance with the PLCopen guideline "Compliance Testing & Certification" for the certification of IEC 61131-3 related products supplied by PLCopen members.  

"This is a step forward for us, to be able to certify software products. With this we support the local market, as well as give a clear signal that quality is important also in China" says Mr. Kai Wang of the Shenyang Institute of Automation.  

The accreditation institute relates to:  

  • Base Level for SFC (Sequential Function Chart) and FBD (Function Block Diagram), and

  • Conformity and Reusability Level for ST (Structured Text).  

The Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA) was founded in 1958 and is one of the highly respected research institutes within the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is located in the city of Shenyang, in the Liaoning province. The mission of the SIA (  is to develop the state-of-art robotic and automation technologies as well as to provide high-quality education and training.  

Please check the PLCopen website for more information on Certification.   

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2. Motion Control - Fluid Power kick off  

This summer the kick-off meeting for Motion Control Fluid Power took place in Frankfurt, Germany. After the kick-off meeting several telephone conferences were held and the work is on its way. The main item is how the basic function blocks will differ and the effect on the state diagram. The decision will probably be finalized before the end of this year.

Objective of the Task Force Fluid Power is optimizing programming and integration of fluid power devices and systems by defining function blocks employing PLCopen standardization and modular methodology. It is anticipated that the need for additional fluid power function blocks will become apparent during the course of this work.  

A five step process was agreed to deliver a set of Function Blocks for Fluid Power in July 2010:

  1. Review current Motion Function Blocks
  2. Identify those MFBs usable by fluid power in current form
  3. Define fluid power extensions to current format needed to make remaining MFBs applicable
  4. Identify additional BASE functionality unique to fluid power
  5. Define FBs unique to fluid power

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3. New member joined PLCopen  

Kollmorgen, a Danaher Motion Company, joined PLCopen as a member.  

Kollmorgen is a leader in high-performance Motion Control and Automation systems with industry leading products that include the Kollmorgen Automation Suite, Advanced Kollmorgen Drive platform, award winning AKM motor product line, and complementary products. Accompanying training and service portfolios create Motion Control Solutions that add Differentiation, Productivity, and Competitiveness to the Customer's Motion and Automation applications.  

For more information check the Danaher Motion website.

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4. PLCopen Safe Software - certifications for Baumueller and Bachmann

Two of our members have been awarded the PLCopen Safety Certification.  

  • Baumueller Anlagen-Systemtechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Germany  for their product  Sicherheitssteuerung b maXX safe PLC, and

  • Bachmann electronic GmbH for their product Safety Developer  

For details please check our website.

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5. PLCopen Training -  certification for Copalp  

We would like to congratulate Copalp S.A. for becoming a PLCopen Certified Training Centre.  

Through the IEC 61131-3 training, COPALP transmits its 20 years of experience in programming, deployment and maintenance of the applications for automation in conformity with the standard IEC 61131-3. The theoretical concepts are described and validated by practical exercises with PLC platforms using the straton IEC 61131-3 programming tool.  

For more details please check our website.  

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6. Change of Management PLCopen Japan  

In June, Mr. Shigeo Kawashima san of Fuji Electric retired and laid down his function as Managing Director of PLCopen. We sincerely thank Mr. Kawashima san for his dedicated work to promote PLCopen in Japan and are happy that he will still be involved with PLCopen Japan as an Advisor. During the System Control Fair in Tokyo this November, the PLCopen Chairman, Rene Simon, will visit the PLCopen booth and thank Mr. Kawashima san personally.  

We welcome his successor Mr. M. Matsumoto san (of Fuji Electric) and look forward to continue our cooperation.  

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New IEC 61131-3 book available in Japanese language  

There is a new book on the market: "User's guidelines for improvement of PLC software design by IEC 61131-3" the technical solution for control system engineers.

The book is in Japanese and published by Automation Review Inc. in Japan.

To purchase this book, contact the publishing agency.  

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Meet us at Pack Expo, USA  

PLCopen will have a booth at the PACK Expo in Las Vegas, USA from October 5-7.

PACK EXPO is the most complete packaging show in the world's largest market. It features the newest developments in food processing technology; supplies and services in fruit and vegetable processing; meat, poultry and seafood processing; confectionery and snack processing; as well as bakery and beverage processing technologies.  

Please come and visit us at booth no. C-955  

For more info on Pack Expo check  

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Meet us at SAVE, Italy  

SAVE, the International Conference and Fair of Vertical Solutions and Applications of Automation, Instrumentation, Sensors will take place in Verona, Italy on 20-22 October, 2008.

On the second day, October 21, there is a special Motion Control event, supported by PLCopen with a presentation at 10:00 am. There will be a PLCopen Motion Control conference with participating members on October 22 from 10:00 - 13:00.  

Please visit us at our stand B4/3 in Hall 2 and join the PLCopen conference October 22.  

For more info on SAVE check their website.  

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Kind regards,  

Eelco van der Wal
Managing Director PLCopen

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