PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link news from around the world

New Dairy in Silkeborg – But without Milk

Instead of milk, the small dairy simply processes water. The finished product is not going to be used for anything at all, but will just go down the drain once it has been through the process. And what is the point of that? Well, whether the dairy processes water or milk, the process is exactly the same, and this dairy has been established solely for the purpose of training the company’s customers, so it is actually quite logical.

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IO-Link Sensors in Tire Manufacturing

Tire manufacturing machinery in general, and tire curing presses in particular, incorporate numerous sensors and indicators that contribute to machine efficiency. As an example, tire curing presses often use magnetostrictive linear position sensors for feedback and control of mold open/close. Overwhelmingly, sensors that provide an analog, 4-20 mA signal are used. But there's a better alternative to typical analog feedback: IO-Link.

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Tech Tip: Designing for Available Bandwidth

A frequently expressed concern of PROFINET users is bandwidth. Is there enough? How can I be sure? This is a legitimate concern, prompting a reminder that there’s never a substitute for doing the engineering. Architect the system with bandwidth usage in mind.

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Training and Events – June 2017

PI Middle East has just completed a series of PROFIBUS and PROFINET certification training classes throughout the Middle East with a class on Food and Bev scheduled for September. PI UK has free PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and IO-Link classes scheduled for the fall. PI North America continues its free PROFINET one-day training classes with a total of 17 to be completed in 2017. PI has scheduled a PROFIsafe Certified Designer Training for October 10 - 12, 2017.

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Product News – June 2017

Moxa launches smart switches in a compact size with intuitive configuration. Siemens extends its line of IO-Link RFID Readers. Phoenix Contact adds new versions of its managed switches.

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TSN and OPC at Hannover Fair – Any Other News?

OPC UA wherever you look. This was my first impression at Hannover Fair, which just closed its doors for 2017. With the rise of Industrie 4.0 and the IIoT, OPC UA came into focus for all industries and so came the products which support it. This is well-deserved of course. And then there is TSN – another attention-grabber for the fair visitors. But, not to be missed, was important news from PI...

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At Hannover Fair

"More attendees, more solutions, more international!" was the short-form report on Hannover Fair. See the numbers and have a visit to the PI Booth.

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Integrating TSN into PROFINET

TSN (Time-sensitive Networking) is a promising new IEEE technology for Ethernet that combines the bandwidth of IT (information technology) networks with the latency of OT (operational technology) networks.

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