PLCopen appoints managing director for North America

Milwaukee, WI and The Netherlands—PLCopen has appointed a managing director to oversee the North American portion of the trade organization.


Milwaukee, WI and The NetherlandsPLCopen has appointed a managing director to oversee the North American portion of the trade organization. The group's board of management has named Bill Lydon of Applied Marketing Concepts to guide the efforts of the non-profit industry association.

"Based on Bill's industrial controls experience and knowledge of IEC-61131-3, we are confident he will be successful in positioning PLCopen as a strong organization serving the control industry in North America," said Eelco Van Der Wal, managing director of PLCopen. Added Bruce Buscher, PLCopen board member, "Every day, it becomes more apparent that efficient industrial automation based on worldwide standards is required for companies to compete globally."

Accepting the position, Lydon said, "The concept of open architecture programming languages for controls has been discussed for years and is being realized today through the efforts of PLCopen and member companies. PLCopen North America plans to achieve the high awareness and adoption of IEC 61131-3 and other automation standards that are successful in Europe, Japan, and China."

PLCopen seeks to improve programming efficiency of control and automation engineers by providing information, defining common specifications, and fostering communications among users, vendors, and educators.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel, senior editor,

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