Real interoperability? PLCopen revives TC6 - XML for better translation

PLCopen Technical Committee (TC6) - XML opened up the IEC 61131-3 programming language development environments by specifying the XML schema, which provides an open interface to other software tools; feedback on the effort is moving the unified digital factory closer to reality, say those involved. Who's involved?

04/08/2008


Gorinchem, The Netherlands

PLCopen Technical Committee (TC6) - XML

has opened up the IEC 61131-3 programming language development environments by specifying the XML schema, which provides an open interface to other software tools; XML schema and documentation was published in June 2005 as version 1.01. Feedback has come in from companies starting to implement the specification from Europe and Japan, a step closer to a more unified digital factory.

PLCopen

creates concepts to reduce the costs of industrial automation; savings are realized in areas such as engineering, training, operation and maintenance. With its members, PLCopen creates specifications to materialize the concepts. A new phase began with the initiative AutomationML . Daimler, ABB, Kuka, Rockwell, Siemens, netAllied, and Zühlke, together with the University of Karlsruhe and the University of Magdeburg, jointly define and standardize the Automation Markup Language (AutomationML) as an intermediate digital factory format.
One of the formats accepted in the group is PLCopen XML for sequencing. To optimize the interface, additional changes to the specification are proposed. Members of PLCopen, which was founded in 1992 as an independent worldwide association for industrial suppliers and users, will meet again on May 6 at Mercedes Benz in Sindelfingen to support the new activity for TC6. The goal is to update the existing specification, including accepted changes and proposals.

PLCopen has a North American branch

.
Control Engineering provides prior coverage on TC6 .

Control Engineering News Desk
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free .





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Motor specification guidelines; Understanding multivariable control; Improving a safety instrumented system; 2017 Engineers' Choice Award Winners
Selecting the best controller from several viewpoints; System integrator advice for the IIoT; TSN and real-time Ethernet; Questions to ask when selecting a VFD; Action items for an aging PLC/DCS
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
click me