PLCopen opens office in Korea
PLCopen is a worldwide association. As such it covers the main areas for industrial control. In Europe, where the activities of PLCopen were started, the IEC 61131-3 standard and the PLCopen additions for Motion Control, Safety, Exchange and Communication have been accepted at a high level. In the USA, Japan and China the general acceptance of the standard is lower but increasing, especially due to the PLCopen activities in Motion Control.
To support the PLCopen activities and especially their results in motion control, PLCopen was approached by Kormocon to start activities in Korea. Kormocon is part of the Korea Association of Machinery Industry (KOAMI) with a focus to motion control. In their General Assembly of Kormocon this August, this initiative was accepted, as well as the nomination of Mr. JaeHak Kim as Chairman of the new PLCopen organization. Mr. JaeHak Kim is also Chairman of Kormocon as well as CEO of Higen Motor (www.HigenMotor.com).
The initial goal will be to increase the acceptance of the IEC 61131-3 standard and PLCopen Motion Control in Korea, specifically with the local suppliers. For this purpose the PLCopen Korea office will create a local Korean website, translate the PLCopen Motion Control specifications, and at a later stage initiate workshops and training programs.
A new promotional committee PC6 - PLCopen Korea will be started. The focus will be to attract the support of local suppliers to become a member of PLCopen Korea. Local suppliers that intend to support the PLCopen specifications in their products.
Kormocon was initiated three years ago with a focus to open industrial motion control. It is part of a larger organization called KOAMI, the Korea Association of Machinery Industry (www.koami.or.kr) which exists now for over 45 years in Korea. Today KOAMI provides infrastructural and secretarial support to KORMOCON from their office in Seoul.
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.