2019 is shaping up to be a very big year –at least it is for PROFIBUS/PROFINET International (PI). With a number of major releases planned, now is the time to familiarize yourself with three major technological advancements that are finally coming into reality.
The announcement comes roughly one year after Emerson's failed bid to acquire Rockwell Automation. With the acquisition, Emerson can now offer solutions into discrete manufacturing markets, adding to its existing process control solutions.
PI offers many different levels of training and events to learn about PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link. From the introductory up to the advanced, PI events are intended to be educational and informative. This month we highlight some of PI's no-cost events going on around the globe.
You may find the expression "wireless wire manufacturer" an odd play-on-words, but wait until you discover what lies beneath it. They are employing state-of-the-art wireless technology for manufacturing cables.
Drive profiles free the user program from device-specific details. The more versatile and comprehensive a drive profile is, the greater the benefit.
By the end of 2017, there were more than 8 million registered IO-Link nodes and the number is anticipated to grow rapidly in the forthcoming years. This is why the IO-Link Community has been systematically engaged with functionally safe communication.
PROFINET is great at moving information across a network – we never get tired hammering that message home. But exactly how PROFINET moves that information is still a gray area for a lot of users, and deserves a closer look here.
Most of the communication in a PROFINET network flows between Devices and Controllers. Supervisors don't get much attention because they don't get involved in production work. However, a PROFINET Supervisor can be a great tool during system commissioning, checkout, and even to troubleshoot when there's a problem.