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Migration of a PLC Controller to an IEC 61499 Compliant Distributed Control System: Hands-on Experiences

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2 Author(s)
Hussain, T. ; Juniorprofessorship Agentbased Automation University of Kaiserslautern Erwin-Schrödinger-Street 12, PO Box 3049, D-67653 Kaiserslautern, ; Frey, G.

IEC 61499 ushers in a new trend of software development in the area of Industrial Process Measurement and Control System (IPMCS). This new standard simplifies the development of distributed IPMCS applications through inclusion of re-usability, encapsulation and modularity. IEC 61499, due to its close resemblance with Object-Oriented (OO) paradigm also paves the way to integrate modeling techniques like UML into the development process of the distributed IPMCS applications. Yet a remarkable challenge is there to integrate or re-design the systems, elements or components designed using a monolithic language like the ones on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). In this work it is attempted to share the experiences faced while attempting to migrate a PLC controlled centralized laboratory application into an IEC 61499 compliant distributed control application. The targeted distributed control system consists of network-enabled controllers where the IEC 61499 compliant control sub-applications should run. It needs to be mentioned that the development process did not start from analysis of the specification of the instrument to be controlled but rather from a formal specification of it written in Signal Interpreted Petri Nets (SIPN).

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Robotics and Automation, 2005. ICRA 2005. Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on

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18-22 April 2005