PLC Industrial Controller Software Quality: Your Opinion Matters

PLC Industrial Controller Software Quality: Your Opinion Matters
PLC Industrial Controller Software Quality: Your Opinion Matters

PLCopen, the leading vendor and product-independent worldwide association for topics related to industrial control programming, is seeking help from PLC industrial controller software users. PLCopen’s Software Metrics working group wants to develop guidelines to help users optimally integrate existing metrics for code quality into the software engineering workflow to achieve the greatest possible benefit with little effort. A few minutes of your time to take a survey is all it takes to contribute.

Your answers will be completely anonymous, and you have the option to receive a summary of the results. Software plays an ever-increasing role in industrial automation. This results in software cost increases, even to the point where software becomes the most expensive part of a total automation system. To control these costs, industrial engineers, PLC programmers, and system integrators need to become more efficient during the application development, while increasing software quality and decreasing maintenance and update costs.

Controlling software cost is essential to ensuring the quality of the software itself—quality in the sense of correctness, reliability, usability, integrity, and efficiency, as well as maintainability, flexibility, testability, portability, reusability and interoperability. A major part of any software-quality effort should be the concepts of the ISO/IEC 25010:2011 Systems and Software Engineering standard.

About PLCopen

PLCopen is an independent not for profit worldwide organization committed to improving the value of industrial automation based on the needs of users founded in 1992 and has its headquarters in The Netherlands with supporting offices in the USA, Japan and China. More details on the PLCopen Software Metrics working group are available here.

About The Author

Bill Lydon brings more than 10 years of writing and editing expertise to, plus more than 25 years of experience designing and applying technology in the automation and controls industry. Lydon started his career as a designer of computer-based machine tool controls; in other positions, he applied programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and process control technology. Working at a large company, Lydon served a two-year stint as part of a five-person task group, that designed a new generation building automation system including controllers, networking and supervisory & control software.  He also designed software for chiller and boiler plant optimization. Bill was product manager for a multimillion-dollar controls and automation product line and later cofounder and president of an industrial control software company.

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