PLCopen issues three Motion Control certifications

January 11, 2009 Three of our members have been awarded the PLCopen Motion Control Certificate recently:
  • ABB Stotz Kontakt in Germany for their product ABB AC500 PS551-MC Motion Control Library,
  • logi.cals Austria (kirchner SOFT GmbH) in Austria for their product logi.RTS Motion Control,
  • Schneider Electric Motion Deutschland in Germany for their products Altivar library for inverter drives, Integrated lexium library for integrated motion drive, and Lexium library for motion drives.

    The PLC AC500 from ABB has now a new Library PS551-MC for Motion Control. This certified PLCopen Library can be used with the CoDeSys based programming Software PS501. Central and distributed motion control applications are now easy to realize, together with the ABB DrivesACSM1, ACS800 und ACS355. With integrated drive parameter handling inclusive faceplates for control and visualization. With unique solution for a cost effective and fast distrubed electronic cam switch, based on PLCopen function blocks and realtime Ethernet.

    AC500, the scalable an flexible PLC from ABB is based on a common automation platform with large communication capacity. Starting from the small PLC AC500-eCo with onboard I/Os up to fast CPUs with different pluggable interfaces, I/Os and multi-function modules. For realtime Ethernet (PROFINET, EtherCAT), Ethernet and different fieldbusses like Profibus DP, DeviceNet, CANopen, CS31 and Modbus. The whole platform can be configured and programmed with one common engineering tool PS501. Applications and references are machines and plants like plastic machines, food machines, wind power, solar plants, biomass, cranes, printing-machines, pump control or energy management.

    In tandem with its "Automation Full Service" initiative, logi.cals Austria (kirchner SOFT GmbH) has added to its portfolio of components and platforms a Motion Control function block library.

    In addition to its run-time product line "logi.RTS", its safety solution "logi.SIL", its innovative visualization solution "logi.VIS", its pioneering Condition Monitoring platform "logi.GUARD" and its powerful multi-platform OPC/UA server, logi.cals introduced its support of the PLCopen standardized function block library Motion Control v1.1 at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2009 trade fair.

    The function block library allows for engineering and testing of motion control applications within the framework of the programming platform "logi.CAD".

    Visitors at the SPS/IPC/Drives fair could see the first use of the functionality working with Schunk power cubes.

    Further implementations in co-operation with other drive-system manufacturers are in progress.

    By supporting this approved manufacturer-independent standard, logi.cals again shows its commitment to efficiency-improving solutions for the entire range of automation engineering.

    The SoMachine PLCopen library from Schneider Electric supports the following new range of drives in addition with existing ranges.

    Lexium 32 servo drives
    The Lexium 32 features a wide variety of new options. It includes powerful amplifiers and motors, which, due to their unique handling, support the machine throughout its entire lifecycle – that begins with the engineering, continues on through the installation and commissioning and goes right on up to actual operation and maintenance:
  • Performance High performance that takes up only a small space, up to four times more overload handling, improved regulating features
  • Simplicity Plug & Play commissioning of the motor at the amplifier, quick and easy device installation/removal due to removable, color-coded connectors

    Lexium integrated drives
    Lexium integrated drives consist of a motor and control electronics. They are used as decentralized drives in mechanical engineering and automation technology. Lexium integrated drives from Schneider Electric sport the following features:
  • Compact design: Needs little space in the machine because the motor and the electronic comprise one compact unit
  • Flexibility: Many applications are made possible by the fact that the Lexium integrated drives are equipped with different types of motors: AC-synchronous servo motors, EC motors or stepper motors

    Altivar 312 and Altivar 32 frequency converters
    The Altivar 312 and Altivar 32 frequency converters fit seamlessly into the automation architecture of your machines.
  • Flexibility: A wide range of application-specific functions
  • Innovative: Wireless configuration for updates via cell phone or PC via Bluetooth


    And Bachmann electronic GmbH in Germany has been awarded the PLCopen Safety Certification for their product Safety Developer.
    This product developed by Bachmann electronic contains:

  • Safety Developer: All-in-one-Tool for hardware configuration, 61131 programming, reporting and debugging. The safety developer is a plug-in for the eclipse-based Bachmann electronic Tool chain
  • All supported safety function blocks implemented according to PLCopen Safety
  • Additional standard functions and operators
  • Coloring of safe and standard signal paths
  • Redundant program download to the controller
  • All signals can be made transparent for visualisation

  • SLC284 CPU Module with two redundant processors, 8 safe digital inputs (can be used as 16 SIL 2 inputs) and 4 safe digital outputs (= 8 outputs for SIL2)
  • Extension IO Modules for safe DI and DO

    About PLCopen
    PLCopen was founded in 1992 as an independent worldwide association for industrial suppliers and users. It is the leading association resolving topics related to industrial control programming. PLCopen creates concepts to reduce the costs of industrial automation. These cost savings are realized in areas such as engineering, training, operation and maintenance. Together with its members, PLCopen creates specifications to materialize these concepts.