Welcome to 2019! In the spirit of developing networks among colleagues and among automation devices, this month’s issue focuses on PROFINET device development. Due to the rich community of solution providers and resources available to developers, adding a PROFINET interface to an automation device is both easy and future-proof.
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Author: Michael Bowne
In this month’s issue: Germany prepares for its biennial PI Konferenz in March, the RPA Chairman in Ireland receives an award of distinction, and in the USA, a series of training classes is announced.
SPS fair just closed its doors and the year is coming to an end. It was an exciting one for PI. We made lots of progress in our working groups and in technology adoption. I invite you to read further in this issue of PROFINEWS to learn more.
–– Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman
The “PROFINET Angel Fund” project is aimed at spurring development of automation products based on PROFINET technology. More than two dozen manufacturers were selected; so far, 18 are in the R&D and testing phase, while 9 have completed certification.
In close cooperation, and within the framework of a joint working group, experts from PI and the OPC Foundation have specified a solution for presenting PROFINET data in the OPC UA object model. Additionally, work on an “OPC UA for IO-Link” companion specification has begun.
PI Denmark exhibited at the AUTOMATIK 2018 fair and has held 3 IO-Link workshops in recent months. The events are growing in popularity, as driven by the country’s constant adoption of the latest state-of-the-art automation technologies.
A proof of concept demonstration of the [email protected] UA Companion Specification will be shown at SPS/IPC/Drives 2018, and is scheduled for release at Hannover Fair 2019. It is based on the “Facet Modeling” concept to help enable the movement of semantic information.
Want to learn more about integrating PROFINET with TSN and OPC UA? How do sensors gain the ‘smart factor’ by using IO-Link? What does PI’s new “Industry 4.0 Demonstrator” entail? Find out by visiting PI in Hall 5 Booth 210!