PROFIBUS & PROFINET news from around the world

Articles by Michael Bowne

PI North America is Hiring!

PI North America is currently hiring for its Technical Marketing Director position. We are looking for someone with a blend of marketing capabilities combined with technical aptitude. The ideal candidate will also have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Application Story: Redundant Communication in Mines

The MDJ-100 is a fully redundant PROFIBUS-based system enabling communication in more than 50 shaft mines across eastern Europe. The network incorporates intrinsic safety (PROFIBUS PA) to cope with the explosive environment below ground, and functional safety (PROFIsafe) to ensure worker safety at all times.

IO-Link Controls Pipeline Heating [Application Story]

Pipelines transporting various liquids in open space must often be protected against freezing by using electrical heating wires. Effectiveness and reliability are vital. ATER Logic from Olsztyn, Poland is modernizing heating pipelines systems, allowing full control and process monitoring through the use of IO-Link.

Upcoming Training and Events

Additional free PROFINET one-day training classes are scheduled in the USA. PI Italy has three PROFINET and PROFIBUS Days on the calendar.

New Products – March 2017

Safety, switches, controllers, development kits, and a process controller are among the new products announced from Balluff, Banner Engineering, Leuze, Phoenix Contact, Renasas, Siemens, and WAGO.

Ethernet and Industrial Communications: What’s The Latest?

It’s been hard to miss all the activity going on recently around time sensitive networking (TSN) and OPC UA. Here’s what it means for the near-term future of PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and industrial networking in general.

Regional News – March 2017

Countries featured in this month’s PROFINEWS include Ireland where its Chairman provided training overseas in Turkey, Japan where IO-Link is proving immensely popular, and Germany where PROFIBUS and PROFINET events are scheduled. A major German event, the PI Konferenz, is scheduled for March 22-23.

New Products: March 2017

There are many new products to announce this month from the following companies: HMS, MESCO, Phoenix Contact, PROCENTEC, Renesas, TWK, and Weidmüller.

PI Konferenz 2017 – Network of the Future

The program of the 5th PI Konferenz on March 22 and 23, 2017, at the Commerzbank-Arena football stadium in Frankfurt, Germany is finalized.

New Process Automation Profile 4.0

At an early stage, PI along with users, such as NAMUR, started to intensively work out how PROFINET can be deployed in all areas of the process industry. Very quickly it became clear that PI can offer with PROFINET a complete solution package.