Poland is honored to be a partner country on the Hannover Fair this year. Significant growth of the Polish economy in recent years has resulted in an increased number of foreign investments. Practically every branch of industry is benefiting from the use of industrial networks, and the vast majority of those networks are Profibus and Profinet.
Machines in the printing industry have many interfaces to the office world. Plate setters, punch benders, and the actual printing machine must be networked together and connected to the system of the print shop. Instead of conventional point-to-point wiring, remote Profinet I/O modules collect the signals directly on the stacker and bring them to the box PC controller in the control cabinet. Transparency, diagnostics and remote maintenance are easy because it’s all based on Ethernet.
For most folks jumping in to a PROFINET development project, there’s one only goal that they have in mind: exchange cyclic real-time data with a PLC. That’s the same task that every fieldbus in history has been designed around, and it comes with well-known drawbacks: devices that can only exchange data cyclically force developers to pack all sorts of data in to the real-time channel that don’t belong there.
A leading integrator of factory automation and robotics solutions selected the Comtrol DeviceMaster UP 2-port 2E for a production line cell for forging spindles. In this application, laser markers communicating via TCP/IP were used to apply a serial number to the spindles. The commands were sent to the marker through a PLC running Profinet.
Modern technology allows you to do a lot of things remotely. Soaking in a spa is not one of them (at least not yet). However, with eWON remote solutions, water treatment specialists Aquila Wasseraufbereitungstechnik GmbH and their sister company Autech Tesla have found a way to do maintenance and troubleshooting of their spa system “The World of Elements” from any location. PROFINET is the automation network backbone providing both determinism and openness.
Innovation is, of course, partly about technology. But it is also about massive improvements in productivity through the empowerment of a business’s only untapped resource – its people. After all, a state-of-the-art plant provides exciting opportunities for graduates and engineers who are looking to the future for career advancement and inspired innovation.