COPALP integrating POWERLINK in IEC 61131 soft PLC
COPALP has recently upgraded its core product, the IEC 61131-3 soft PLC Straton, to include full POWERLINK support. For COPALP, integrating open-POWERLINK, the open source POWERLINK stack, is about more than simply expanding connectivity; it also paves the way to greater flexibility, especially since the open standard does not require a specific Ethernet controller.
“Integrating POWERLINK into Straton is another step forward in the openness of COPALP's products,” says COPALP CEO Jerome Follut. “It also addresses growing demand in markets where this deterministic Ethernet protocol has be-come the standard, such as China.”
Open answers to market demands
Straton’s ability to communicate via POWERLINK makes it easier to integrate B&R X20 and X67 I/O systems, addressing the needs of both machine manu-facturers and process automation applications. In combination with the IEC 61850 tools included in Straton, it also opens up a host of new opportunities for the power industry.
COPALP is a provider of software tools, protocols and components for embedded systems in the field of industrial control, energy and utilities. The company is a part of the COPA-DATA group, known for its zenon SCADA systems. COPALP joined the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) in 2012.
About EPSG :
The Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) is an independent organization founded in 2003 by leading companies from the fields of motion control and automation technology. Its aims are the standardization and further development of the POWERLINK protocol first introduced by B&R in 2001. This high-performance real-time communication system is an advanced protocol based on the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard designed to ensure real-time data transfer in the micro-second range.