Closed fieldbuses simply don’t cut it anymore to run a modern manufacturing plant. Sure, they achieve the necessary performance, but at the expense of flexibility. Now that Ethernet is becoming deterministic by design, performance is no longer the deciding factor: it’s all about the data.
From June 4 - 7, 2018 the annual PICC/PITC/PITL Meeting took place in the Netherlands. More than 70 representativesof the PI Competence Centers, Trainings Centers and Test Laboratories held various meetings in The Hague.
Associação PI Brasil has been hard at work producing new content like videos and animations describing the PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies specifically for the Brazilian market. To wit, the seminal book 'Industrial Communication with PROFINET' is now available in Portuguese.
At this year’s IO-Link General Meeting on June 21, 2018, 70 members came together in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss the direction IO-Link will be taking in the coming years and to set the agenda for the future. A special presentation marked the Consortium's 200th member.
30 years! Think about it. That is how long PI has been having an annual meeting of its Regional PI Associations (RPAs). This 30th meeting was hosted by the Japanese PROFIBUS Organization (JPO) in Hiroshima, Japan. The event also coincided with the JPO's 21st anniversary celebration in Tokyo.
The IO-Link Members Assembly is scheduled for June 21st in Frankfurt, Germany. The PI North America General Assembly Meeting is announced for September 12-13 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The PNO will host its 2019 PI Konferenz on March 19-20, 2019, also in Frankfurt (open to all).
New products this month include a new signal conditioner from HBM with PROFIBUS and PROFINET connectivity, a new load cell digitizer with PROFINET from Laumas, and two new rugged PROFINET switches from Siemens.