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To: Subscribers PLCopen Newsletter

Subject: PLCopen newsletter Issue September 2008

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Most of you will have returned from your holidays. We hope you had a nice summer break and came back safely and fit again, and ready for some news on PLCopen's latest developments.  

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PLCopen Newsletter - Issue September 2008.

 

1. Addition to PLCopen Board of Management  

2. TC4 Communications – OPC UA  

3. TC5 Safety specification Part 2 User Guidelines – version 1.01  

4. ETFA, September 15-18 in Hamburg , Germany  

5. Meet us at SAVE in Italy  

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1. Addition to PLCopen Board of Management  

We are glad to announce that Mr. Ken Ryan has joined the PLCopen Board of Management.  

Dr. Kenneth J. Ryan is the director of the Center for Applied Mechatronics at Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minnesota, USA.

He has developed IEC 61131-3 curriculum for Bosch Rexroth, Danaher, Eaton Corporation, Parker Hannifin, Turck, Hyundai and Liebherr. He conducts IEC 61131-3 trainings throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as online and directs the only college or university-based IEC 61131-3 training program in North America to be certified by PLCopen. This open standards curriculum has been delivered online to 4 countries through the Remote Applied Mechatronics Project (RAMP).

Ken Ryan has served as chair of the Open Modular Architecture Control - Packaging Workgroup (education subcommittee) and acts as a consultant to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers/Education Foundation on matters impacting mechatronics education at the 2-year technician level.

As a leader in technician/technologist education for a broad spectrum of industry from packaging to building automation, the Center for Applied Mechatronics has long championed the use of open standards architecture and has been a member of PLCopen since 2000.

Ken will act as normal member in the board, and we all are confident that he will increase the success of PLCopen specifically in the North American market.  

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2. TC4 Communications – OPC UA

PLCopen is re-activating the Technical Committee TC4 Communications with a new working item “IEC 61131-3 INFORMATION MODEL IN OPC UA”  

The OPC Foundation is currently developing new specifications called Unified Architecture (OPC UA).  Sector or application specific information models are part of these specifications. Such information models are under development e.g. for Electronic Device Description (EDD) or Field Device Tool (FDT). It is important that the PLC as the main component of automation systems remains / becomes visible in the vertical information integration which will be strongly influenced by OPC UA. OPC UA servers which represent their underlying manufacturer specific PLCs in a similar IEC 61131-3 based manner will provide a substantial advantage for client applications as e.g. visualizations or MES systems. PLC vendors may reduce costs for the development of these OPC UA servers if an IEC 61131-3 based information model is already available in OPC UA.

The goal of TC4 is to define an IEC 61131-3 based information model as additional part of the overall OPC UA specification. The necessary information model already exists in the standard IEC 61131-3 (software model), but must be (re-) specified according to the guidelines and the technical requirements of OPC UA, without changing its contents. A close co-operation with the OPC Foundation will be established, resulting e.g. in a joint working group and shared documents.

The kick-off meeting is set for October 14 in Frankfurt , Germany , where the concrete working group objectives and the working plan (milestones) will be defined.  

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3. TC5 Safety specification Part 2 User Guidelines – version 1.01  

Earlier this year PLCopen released the TC5 Safety specification Part 2 – User Guidelines. Unfortunately there was some information missing in Figure 12 of the pdf file. A new pdf version has therefore been generated and is available as version 1.01 on the PLCopen website (www.plcopen.org) for downloading.

We apologize for the inconvenience.  

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4. ETFA, September 15-18 in Hamburg , Germany  

The 13th IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies & Factory Automation, ETFA, will be held in Hamburg, September 15-18, 2008.  

The first day of this conference September 15, the so-called Industry Day, will be focused on two key standards for factory automation: IEC 61131-3, which defines programming languages for Programmable Logic Controllers, and IEC 61499, which defines a generic architecture for the use of function blocks in distributed industrial process measurement and control systems. The focus is on recent developments and further extensions.  

Experts from industry, especially from companies involved in the further development of these standards, have agreed to present the latest developments.  

A special PLCopen track is scheduled for the afternoon of September 15, with presentations from PLCopen and its members. Details can be found at the ETFA website www.etfa2008.org.  

Participation in the Industry Day is recommended for both:  

- Control developers and managers from industry to get informed about the current trends in industrial control architectures and programming;  

- Researchers in academia and industry to discuss needs and directions for further research.  

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5. Meet us at SAVE in Italy  

SAVE, the International Conference and Fair of Vertical Solutions and Applications of Automation, Instrumentation, Sensors will take place in Verona , Italy on 21-23 October, 2008.

The SAVE event offers both an exhibition area and a rich calendar of events for technical operators.  

PLCopen will have a stand at this event and there will be PLCopen presentation on Wednesday October 22. More details will be made available on our website later on.  

For more info on SAVE check their website at www.exposave.com/english/home.asp  

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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
fax: +31-183-664821  

email: evdwal@plcopen.org

Do not forget to look at http://www.plcopen.org

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