PLCopen certifies B&R, 3S software solutions

One received a safety certification; the other received certification for motion control compliance.


PLCopen, a worldwide association for industrial suppliers and users dedicated to resolving topics related to industrial control programming, has certified two vendors’ software offerings. One received a safety certification; the other received certification for motion control compliance.

Bernecker & Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH (B&R) of Austria has been awarded the PLCopen Safety Certification for its SafeDesigner product, version 2.58.

The functions of the SafeDesigner package expand Automation Studio to include necessary engineering tools for configuring safety-oriented applications. The PLCopen safety function block library is an integrated part of the SafeDesigner, and it ensures easy and error-free engineering according IEC 62061 and ISO 13849. The complete product set is certified by TÜV Rhineland as able to claim SIL 3 and PL e, respectively, according these standards.

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PLCopen also handed out new certificates for Motion Control Compliance (part 1 and 2) to Smart Software Solutions GmbH (3S) of Germany. The certifications are provided for the CoDeSys SoftMotion V3 product.

Motion functionality integrated in the CoDeSys programming and runtime system– that is CoDeSys SoftMotion. A tool kit integrated in the IEC 61131-3 programming system supplies the desired motion functionality. This tool kit makes use of the functions of the IEC 61131-3 programming languages and implements the PLCopen motion function blocks for single and multi axis motioncontrol. The axes are made available to the user in the form of an abstract data structure which is bus- and manufacturer-independent. The actual connection to the fieldbus takes place via a driver interface. The drives are configured in the CoDeSys device configuration in the project tree.

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