White Paper: Software for Next Generation Automation and Control

ICS Triplex ISaGRAF announced today their presentation of a significant white paper on the use of the IEC 61499 distributed intelligent control standard in next-generation automation and control at the 4th International IEEE Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN), which was held August 16-18, 2006 in Singapore.

The paper was presented at INDIN’06 by co-author Dr. Robert W. Brennan from the Schulich School of Engineering of the University of Alberta. “Most of the key players in IEC 61499 research were in attendance,” says Dr. Brennan. “The paper was very well received.”

“Researchers have been applying the IEC 61499 standard to distributed intelligent control problems for several years now,” states Julien Chouinard, Managing Director of ICS Triplex ISaGRAF. “The challenge now is to see how the standard implements into real-world industrial applications. One of the greatest stumbling blocks was a lack of software tools for the industrial automation and control developers. The release of ISaGRAF 5.0 has filled that void.”

About the white paper
The white paper “Software for Next Generation Automation and Control” is co-authored by Julien Chouinard, Managing Director of ICS Triplex ISaGRAF, and Dr. Robert W. Brennan from the Schulich School of Engineering of the University of Alberta. The paper touches on topics such as requirements for the next-generation of automation and control, the IEC 61499 standard itself, and the IEC 61499-compliant ISaGRAF 5.0 software development environment.

A full version of the white paper is available on the ICS Triplex ISaGRAF website.

About ISaGRAF 5.0
ISaGRAF 5.0 is the only industrial software development tool for the IEC 61499 standard. Adhering to the principles of IEC 61499, ISaGRAF 5.0 enables users to build traditional control systems where the interactions between devices will automatically be regulated and synchronized by the IEC 61499 function block diagrams rather than through the use of manually implemented algorithms.

About ICS Triplex ISaGRAF
ICS Triplex ISaGRAF, a privately-held company with offices in Canada and France, is the world’s leading automation software partner. The company’s flagship product ISaGRAF is fully compliant with both IEC 61499 and IEC 61131 industrial standards and can be used to build a variety of automation products including embedded controllers, DCS, PLCs, RTUs, CNCs and motion controllers. ISaGRAF sustains a high level of standardization, integration and communication within modern automation systems, resulting in high-end, real-time open control systems with crash-proof reliability, powerful performance and flexibility.

ICS Triplex ISaGRAF is a subsidiary of UK-based ICS Triplex plc.

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