IO-Link, Industrie 4.0, and Industrial Internet of Things

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.

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Industrie 4.0 and IIoT for Process Automation

The chemical industry is well acquainted with networks. Many locations operate in close raw material and energy networks. This is now to be extended to the data level – or at least the measured value level. For it is apparent that analog measured value transmission in chemical plants is often no longer adequate for future tasks. For this reason, the process industry is now openly discussing the topic of IIoT, Industrie 4.0, and using Ethernet technologies.

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Upcoming Training & Events – September 2017

Global news this month centers on events in the UK, the United States, Germany, and Italy. Industrie 4.0 enablers are to be featured at a PI event at Wrexham Glyndwr University. Free PROFINET one-day training classes resume in the USA following a summer recess. ABB will host German-language PROFIBUS DP / PA workshops in November. And an IO-Link workshop is planned for October 11 in Turin, Italy.

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