IEC 61499 is a new domain specific programming and modeling paradigm for design and development of truly distributed control systems for industrial automation.

In this introductory course, you will learn about what is IEC 61499, why you should use it, how to use it, and what is its Eco-system (tools, PLC's, and its application domain). You will learn about various artifacts and the building blocks about the standard such as basic function blocks, composite function blocks, service interface function blocks, etc.

We will also look at different standard requirements and what they mean and how to use them. This is one course that will give you a complete overview of the standard and its eco-system.

The course will use real world use cases to demonstrate various concepts and artifacts of the standard.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the IEC 61499 standard

    • History and brief introduction

    • Function block architecture

    • Basic function block

    • Composite function block and FB networks

    • Service interface function block

    • Applications and sub-applications

    • Distributed systems

    • FLASHER example


  • Do you have special pricing for students

    Yes, please email any proof you have about your student status and we will give you a special price of 1 month access for just €61.25 (including tax).

  • What is the refund policy

    Unless required by law, there are no refunds available for the course.

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  • How long do I have access to the course?

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Valeriy Vyatkin

Valeriy Vyatkin is professor at Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) and Aalto University (Finland). He has been involved with IEC 61499 technology for over 20 years.