Thanks to industrial Ethernet, manufacturers have access to data previously hidden by technical barriers that can be used effectively by both production and enterprise applications to measure and better understand what is happening in manufacturing processes, helping to cut costs and increase productivity. While Ethernet can greatly enhance data gathering from the plant floor, this is especially useful if the data are effectively evaluated using applications such as asset management.
Under the Profinet name, PI offers an all-encompassing suite of solutions for Ethernet in the process plant or factory. PI’s technology portfolio makes it well prepared for future challenges. Currently, the organization is identifying the gaps and extensions of its concepts needed to meet the challenges of Industrie 4.0.