More and more device manufacturers want to expand their existing fieldbus connection options to include PROFINET or even replace these entirely with PROFINET. PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) has published a new recommendation so that even beginners can easily get started with this process.
The “Recommendation for Design and Implementation of PROFINET Devices” addresses technological aspects as well as organizational issues such as certification and marketing. Although PROFINET is a proven, robust, and well-documented technology, a few questions naturally arise especially in the run-up to implementation, such as what is the implementation process, how does one get started, and what are the differences, e.g., compared to PROFIBUS.
The new PI recommendation guides users through this process from initial questions to market launch of a product. Recommendations on further guidelines and specifications are listed for each topic. Included are sections on diagnostic concepts, identification and maintenance (I&M), isochronous communication (IRT), and industry-specific requirements.
The document is enriched with practical tips and information. For example, a variety of information is also included on mechanics, i.e., which housings, connectors, and cables should be used. A major focus is on the GSD section and the application profiles. The recommendations are supplemented by detailed explanations of PROFIsafe, PROFIdrive, and PROFIenergy.