PLCopen Appoints Bill Lydon as North American Director for Industrial Automation and Control Industry Organization

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The PLCopen Board of Management is pleased to welcome Bill Lydon of Applied Marketing Concepts (http://www.mrktgsolutions.com) as Managing Director of PLCopen North American. (http://www.plcopen-na.org) “Based on Bill’s industrial controls experience and knowledge of IEC-61131-3, we are confident Bill will be successful in positioning PLCopen as a strong organization serving the control industry in North America.” commented Eelco Van Der Wal, Managing Director PLCopen. Bruce Buscher, PLCopen board member observed, "Everyday it becomes more apparent that efficient industrial automation based on worldwide standards is required for companies to compete globally, Bill is a great addition to PLCopen.”

The PLCopen Board of Management is pleased to welcome Bill Lydon of Applied Marketing Concepts (http://www.mrktgsolutions.com) as Managing Director of PLCopen North American. (http://www.plcopen-na.org)

“Based on Bill’s industrial controls experience and knowledge of IEC 61131-3, we are confident Bill will be successful in positioning PLCopen as a strong organization serving the control industry in North America.” commented Eelco Van Der Wal, Managing Director PLCopen. Bruce Buscher, PLCopen board member observed, "Everyday it becomes more apparent that efficient industrial automation based on worldwide standards is required for companies to compete globally, Bill is a great addition to PLCopen.”

“I am excited to work with PLCopen; the concept of open architecture programming languages for controls has been discussed for years and is being realized today through the efforts of PLCopen and member companies. PLCopen North America plans to achieve the high awareness and adoption of IEC 61131-3 and other automation standards that are successful in Europe, Japan, and China.” commented Bill Lydon.

About PLCopen

PLCopen is a non-profit industry organization dedicated to improving the programming efficiency of control and automation engineers by providing information, defining common specifications and fostering communications between users, vendors, educators and others.

PLCopen, efforts are creating a higher efficiency in industrial control and automation application software development: in end user projects as well as in higher volume OEM products. As such it is based on standard available tools to which extensions are and will continue to be defined. PLCopen continues to make solid contributions to the community, extending hardware independence from software code, increasing reusability of the code and coupling to external software tools. Examples of this include the Motion Control Library, Safety, XML specification, Reusability Level and Conformity Level certifications.

PLCopen members are leading industrial automation companies including Siemens, ABB, Baumuller, Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, Digital, ProFace, ELAU, GE Fanuc, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Omron, Parker Automation, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, 3-S Software, ICS Triplex ISaGRAF, and Yokogawa.

About Bill Lydon

Bill Lydon has been at the forefront of controls technology for many years and now provides business strategy development services to companies in the industrial, process controls, and Building Automation industries. Bill has a powerful combination of background including business development, enterprise software, engineering, marketing and sales. Bill’s clients sell to a wide range of controls and automation applications including, Process Controls, Programmable Logic Controls (PLC), embedded controls, and Building Automation.

CONTACTS:

Bill Lydon, Managing Director PLCopen North America

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Phone 01-414-427-5853 Cell 01-414-704-5004

PLCopen North America

http://www.plcopen-na.org

Eelco Van Der Wal, Managing Director PLCopen

The Netherlands

Phone 31-418-541139

PLCopen

http://www.plcopen.org

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