Open Source Automation Libraries Drive Innovation as well as Consistency in SCADA Projects

Open Source Automation Libraries Drive Innovation as well as Consistency in SCADA Projects

Matt Paulissen - Digital Architect
Matt Paulissen - Digital Architect

The size and scope of a digital industrial enterprises necessitates collaboration across company boundaries.  Industrial automation applications are becoming more complex, and so there is an increasing need for people to specialize in one particular industry or process.  The problem that most of these people are forced to not only be an expert in their industry, but also an expert in the software tools as well.  The additional time spent training on the tools is time that could be better spent utilizing their industry specific knowledge.

The Siemens Open Library enables them to focus on their specific industry solutions, because we’ve used our platform specific technical knowledge to design it.  We’re giving them back the time it would take someone to go from an application user to a solution creator.  The idea being that it takes mastery of the platform to create a well-structured and tested application, but a library user only really needs to know how to navigate the platform.

I’m sure you have all experienced this, as have I.  In order to get the job done, you first need to devote some time to learning the process, then you can apply what you know about programming to get the job done.  This library allows us each to focus on the skill that we have.  In this way the relationship between users and creators is not only symbiotic, but also synergistic; the sum of our output is greater because we’re working together.

To learn more about this open-source library and share in the collaboration, please visit the site at: http://openplclibrary.com/