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OPEN SOURCE CONTROLLER CODE FOR PROFIdrive

hack_Img0006_wide_maskedAs we went to press, PROFIdrive Working Group Leader Heiko Hack (left) of Siemens confirmed that first version code for an Open Source PROFIdrive Controller application is now available through the  PROFIdrive Community Project. First Version Code for drives in Application Class 1 is already supported, with additions expected by mid-year. The extension for Application Classes 3 and 4 will be released subsequently. A test tool (PROFIdrive Profile tester) has recently been added to help vendors prepare products for certification.  Yuriy Zavgorodniy, Software Manager of Hilscher (who hosts the Project’s web site under the industrialNETworX open source initiative) told PROFINEWS that he would like to see the range of “ready to run” PROFIdrive code extended, with Encoders and PROFIenergy integration being among the goals. The PROFIdrive Community Project was established in 2011 to ease the deployment of PROFIdrive for vendors. The site includes self-help forums and much support material. A number of successful products are known to have resulted, most notably from Jenny Science AG (read the press release HERE). The Community Project is supported by Hilscher, Softing, Siemens (with Renesas), KW-Software (with Renesas), Mesco Engineering, and HMS Industrial Networks. Community Project source code is ready-to-run, and is available free and un-licensed. PROFIdrive Community Project