By accomplishing the development of FDI (Field Device Integration) technology PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) and its partner organizations have passed an extraordinary milestone. Not only because the technology will greatly facilitate the device integration in the future. But – and especially – because FDI is the joint result of a trusting and intensive network of manufacturers and organizations for industrial communication.
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The cutting edge thought process in manufacturing today is to use the automation network for more than just automation. That could mean using it for safety, energy management, embedded web servers or asset management. Asset management may be considered “old hat” in the manufacturing space, but under the influence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), new life is being breathed into the topic.
In this article PROFIBUS veteran Dennis van Booma continues to shed some light on questions that some novice PROFIBUS PA users have asked recently. There are specialists all over the world who are ready to kick-off their first implementation of PROFIBUS PA. This is the legacy of the conservative nature of our industry. More about PROFIBUS PA Profiles…
IO-Link is certainly one of the shooting stars of automation technology. In recent years, the vendor-neutral plug-in connection has established itself in many applications due to its simplicity, ruggedness, and low cost. But there’s more to IO-Link. For one thing, IO-Link is an enabler for innovative sensors. For another thing, IO-Link ensures the data availability demanded by Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things.
Certified Engineers and Installers meet a global standard of excellence and are listed on the PI website. Learn more about certification classes and become acquainted with the other types of training offered. A live webinar is scheduled for August 30, “Introduction to PROFINET.” In North America the 22nd annual member meeting is scheduled.