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.
The combination of PROFINET plus OPC UA plus TSN provides a recipe for success as the boundaries between conventional ISA95 levels are blurring. PI is working hard to ensure our networks enable the future: Industry 4.0.
This month's New Products article features the first inclinometer with PROFIsafe from TWK, two new motion control components with PROFINET connectivity from Siemens, and two process instruments with PROFIBUS PA connectivity from Vivace.
In a chemical process plant, there are two factors that matter more than most: yield and profitability. With its new automation system based on Profibus PA, Glencore Magdeburg GmbH has made the jump to next-generation technology while achieving greater precision in process control with higher plant availability.