PLCopen

PO Box 3009
Gorinchem, ZH 4200 EA Netherlands
http://plcopen.org

Tel: +31 183-660261
Fax: +31-183-664821

Software plays an ever-increasing role in industrial automation. With this, the associated software costs increase, even to the point that it becomes the highest part of the total system. And not all costs are directly visible: the required maintenance over the life cycle, adding new functionalities, coping with new governmental rules. To control these costs, one needs higher efficiency during the application development, while increasing the software quality. PLCopen, as an organization active in Industrial Control, is creating a higher efficiency in your application software development and lowering your life-cycle costs. As such it is based on standard available tools to which extensions are and will be defined. With results like Motion Control, Safety, Exchange, Communication,Re-usability Level and Conformity Level, PLCopen made solid contributions to the community, extending the hardware independence from the software code, as well as reuse of the code and coupling to external software tools. PLCopen is a vendor- and product-independent worldwide association. Its mission is to be the leading association resolving topics related to control programming to support the use of international standards in this field. For this PLCopen has several technical and promotional committees. PLCopen was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in The Netherlands. One of the core activities of PLCopen is focused around IEC 61131-3, the only global standard for industrial control programming. It harmonizes the way people design and operate industrial controls by standardizing the programming interface. A standard programming interface allows people with different backgrounds and skills to create different elements of a program during different stages of the software life-cycle: specification, design, implementation, testing, installation and maintenance. Yet all pieces adhere to a common structure and work together harmoniously. The standard includes the definition of the Sequential Function Chart (SFC) language, used to structure the internal organization of a program, and four inter-operable programming languages: Instruction List (IL), Ladder Diagram (LD), Function Block Diagram (FBD) and Structured Text (ST). Via decomposition into logical elements, modularization and modern software techniques, each program is structured, increasing its re-usability, reducing errors and increasing programming and user efficiency. PLCopen has its headquarters in The Netherlands with supporting offices in the USA, Japan, China and Korea.

Products / Services
  • Consulting Services
  • Controls
  • Motion Control Equipment
  • Robots - Industrial
  • Software
  • System Integration - Automation
  • System Integration - Robotics
  • Training
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