PLCopen Overview

Software standards are essential to achieve competitive manufacturing by leveraging the benefits of Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things, and Internet of Things.  Since 1992 PLCopen vendor member companies have been committed to developing open industrial automation software standards to increase functionality while reducing engineering, training, operations, and maintenance costs.  PLCopen standards are valuable in a wide range of applications including large controllers to embedded devices.

PLCopen member companies understand locking customers into closed proprietary technology is not good for themselves, industry, or the customer.   This lesson has been learned in other industries including computer, cell phone, and consumer electronics.

PLCopen vendor member companies recognize they must have products that deliver superior value that make their customers successful.  

PLCopen certified function blocks are only available from PLCopen member companies and are certified to perform as defined in open specifications.  This insures function and quality leading to more efficient engineering, faster start-ups, and easier service.

PLCopen Vendor Member Products Advantages

Simplify Training
Increase Code Quality
Enable Code Reuse
Lower Software Maintenance Cost
Improve Documenting

Industry 4.0 – Industrial Internet of Things – Internet of Things (IoT)

Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, and Smart Factory applications are growing and implementation is simplified with PLCopen standards including OPC UA function blocks.   PLCopen industry standards improve automation system device interoperability and simplify sensor to enterprise, cloud, and Internet communications.

 Learning Resources

Programming Industrial Control Systems Using IEC 1131-3 (I E E Control Engineering Series) IEC 1131-3 programming methodology SPS-Standard: IEC 1131