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To:                  Subscribers PLCopen Newsletter

Subject:           PLCopen® Newsletter September 2013

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PLCopen Newsletter - Issue September 2013

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1. PLCopen opens office in Korea

2. The name PLCopen now a registered trademark

3. New PLCopen activity on Coding Conventions

4. Meet us at Pack Expo 2013

5. PLCopen welcomes new members

6. New PLCopen Motion Control certification

7. New PLCopen Safety certification

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1. PLCopen opens office in Korea

 

On September 1, PLCopen and Kormocon, the Korean Motion Control Industry Organization based in Seoul, signed an agreement to open a PLCopen office in Korea.

 

PLCopen is a worldwide association. As such it covers the main areas for industrial control. In Europe, where the activities of PLCopen were started, the IEC 61131-3 standard and the PLCopen additions for Motion Control, Safety, Exchange and Communication have been accepted at a high level. In the USA, Japan and China the general acceptance of the standard is lower but increasing, especially due to the PLCopen activities in Motion Control.

 

To support the PLCopen activities and especially their results in motion control, PLCopen was approached by Kormocon to start activities in Korea. Kormocon is part of the Korea Association of Machinery Industry (KOAMI) with a focus to motion control. In their General Assembly of Kormocon this August, this initiative was accepted, as well as the nomination of Mr. JaeHak Kim as Chairman of the new PLCopen organization. Mr. JaeHak Kim is also Chairman of Kormocon as well as CEO of Higen Motor (www.HigenMotor.com).

 

The initial goal will be to increase the acceptance of the IEC 61131-3 standard and PLCopen Motion Control in Korea, specifically with the local suppliers. For this purpose the PLCopen Korea office will create a local Korean website, translate the PLCopen Motion Control specifications, and at a later stage initiate workshops and training programs.

 

A new promotional committee PC6 - PLCopen Korea will be started. The focus will be to attract the support of local suppliers to become a member of PLCopen Korea. Local suppliers that intend to support the PLCopen specifications in their products.

 

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2. The name PLCopen now a registered trademark

 

In order to optimize the position of PLCopen and its products and services, it was decided to register the name PLCopen as a trademark. This has now resulted in an international registration of PLCopen. So PLCopen becomes PLCopen®.

 

It is not the intention to block the free distribution of the PLCopen specifications, which will still be available to download for free on our website. However, the international trademark registration is an important tool to protect our unique position in the market of industrial automation, as well as those of our members supporting the PLCopen specifications in their products.

 

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3. New PLCopen activity on Coding Conventions

 

Although there are coding guidelines for many programming languages, these are nearly non-existent for the important area of industrial control, e.g. IEC 61131-3 and its PLCopen extensions.

Nevertheless, the software in the industrial environments becomes more and more important, the software projects become larger, and the costs of errors increase. Software nowadays absorbs half of the initial project costs and between 40 and 80% deals with maintenance over the life cycle costs of the software.

In order to deal with the complexity of larger programs one needs modern software development processes supporting a structured approach. Also, we need to increase the efficiency in coding via re-use of pre-defined functionalities and to help to better understand the program over the life cycle.

 

With the above message PLCopen invited interested parties to join the kick-off meeting on Coding Conventions in June. The meeting was a great success and resulted in several working groups for the different areas of interest, including their working packages (targets):

  • Coding Guidelines (including naming conventions and rules)

  • Software quality issues and software consistency

  • Creating PLCopen compliant Function Blocks

  • Structuring and decomposition via SFC (do’s & don’ts)

  • Guidance for documentation in software programs

  • Library usage

  • Software development process

The key topic of the new PLCopen Coding Conventions working group is the definition of Rules, Coding Patterns and Guidance and how to use them in Industrial Automation. These rules will be published as a technical document and marketed by PLCopen.

 

The results of the working group should be based on the IEC 61131-3 1st and 2nd edition standard but should be easily extensible to the 3rd edition which was released in February 2013.

The aim is to define a set of rules and to provide a PLCopen proposal how these rules can be used. Nowadays large automation companies have their own rules but many mid-size companies or IEC 61131-3 beginners are very interested in using PLCopen guidelines. Such guidelines will have a great impact in expanding IEC 61131-3 further in the world.

 

The rules will be very useful to train users and can be a good basis for universities to help them teach IEC 61131-3 programming more efficiently.

 

The next meeting will be held on October 1 in Frankfurt a.M./Germany. Interested parties can still participate via contacting PLCopen.

 

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4. Meet us at Pack Expo 2013

 

PLCopen will have a booth again at the Pack Expo which will be held in Las Vegas, USA, September 23-25.

 

Pack Expo is the world’s largest and most comprehensive processing and packaging event.

You will find us in the Central Hall C2 (Association Pavilion). Our booth number is C-351.

 

Use this link (with the code 26W41) for your complimentary registration.

 

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5. PLCopen welcomes new members

 

We welcome three new members who joined PLCopen lately:

Seromsys, based in Korea

Universitat Jaume 1 in Spain, and

Foshan ShunDe Industry and Information Technology Research Center in China.

 

Seromsys is a Drive & Control PLC motion control engineering company in accordance with the IEC61131-3 standard. They provide engineering consulting and solution for the Motion & Drive in general and specific industries.

Furthermore they have a training program for open motion control. And as such received the certificate for PLCopen certified training centre.

 

Universitat Jaume I is a Spanish university north of Valencia. Their Department of Industrial System Engineering and Design joined PLCopen as an educational institute.

 

The Foshan ShunDe Industry and Information Technology Research Center was founded in 2009, being a collaboration between Guangdong Province and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. They are focusing on being a high science and technology service platform for the core technology research, public technology service, talent cultivation, technology and enterprises incubation.

They also received the certificate for PLCopen certified training centre.

 

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6. New PLCopen Motion Control certification

 

The PLCopen Motion Control certification has been awarded to Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. for their product L Serie LD77MH16 simple motion module, GX Works2.

 

For more information visit www.PLCopen.org.

 

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7. New PLCopen Safety certification

 

PLCopen is pleased to announce that one of our members, Omron Corporation, has been awarded the PLCopen Safety certification for the product SysmacStudio.

 

For more information visit www.PLCopen.org

 

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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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