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

The Many Uses of PROFINET and OPC UA

The theme for this month's issue is clear: the usefulness in employing both PROFINET and OPC UA. Existing use-cases (e.g. predictive maintenance) become easier to achieve, and new use-cases (e.g. C2C Safety) are created through the powerful combination of these two complementary technologies. Thank you for reading and enjoy!

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PROFINET & OPC UA: A ‘Map’ Made in Heaven

Mapping PROFINET data to the OPC UA information model has been one of the main tasks of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International for the past few months. The many use-cases discovered show that the effort spent collaborating on a Companion Specification with the OPC Foundation will be beneficial across the Industry 4.0 landscape.

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The ‘Dual Channel Principle’ [Case Study]

Leuze electronic is promoting what they're calling a 'dual channel principle'. Real-time data is transferred via one channel, and data for process monitoring and configuration via another channel. Wonder which protocols are being used? You guessed it: PROFINET and OPC UA.

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Water Treatment Plant Modernization [App Story]

PROFINET is modernizing wastewater treatment plants across Denmark. The customer is Novafos, a major water company serving nine municipalities in eastern Denmark, close to Copenhagen. Novafos operates 17 drinking water plants and 18 sewage treatment plants and treats around 20 million cubic meters of water annually.

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New Products – April 2019 Part 1

New products this month include those from: VideoJet, HELUKABEL, Lapp, Balluff, Delta, Teledyne DALSA, and NaviTEK. With so many new products announced, this is just part one of two. Make sure to check out both articles to stay up to date on the latest.

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New Products – April 2019 Part 2

New products this month include those from: Phoenix Contact, HMS, TWK, PROVERTHA, Turck, halstrup-walcher, and Softing. This is the second in a two-part section on new products. It's an exciting time for the PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and IO-Link technologies.

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Regional News – April 2019

In Germany, the PI Konferenz saw record attendance. Also in Germany, Frank Welzel from HARTING was elected as a new member of the PNO Advisory Board, following the departure of Uwe Gräff, also of HARTING. Meanwhile in nearby Belgium, the IO-Link Group there held a successful exhibition at the Indumation 2019 Fair.

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