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

PROFINET Plugfests Push Possibilities

In February, the first PROFINET Plugfest with special focus on High Availability took place in Amberg, Germany; a general Plugfest is planned for June. In North America, another PROFINET Plugfest is being planned to occur in the second half of 2018.

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Wireless PROFIsafe in Paris [App Story]

In the twelve years since the installation of PROFIsafe over wireless at the Sacre Coeur on Montmatre, in Paris, not a single failure of communication or any actuation of the safety function by the radio link has occurred. A look back and a look forward.

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New Products – February 2018

New products this month include a PROFIBUS PA communicator/calibrator from Beamex, a PROFIBUS DP cable tester from Hi-Port, flowmeters with PROFINET from KROHNE, and compact wireless modules for PROFINET from Phoenix Contact.

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Tech Tip: Using Fiber Optics in PROFIBUS

While analyzing some communication issues in a customer's PROFIBUS DP network, we quickly realized that the bus parameter settings that were being used in the controller's DP Master configuration were the default values for the 1.5 Mbps transfer rate. Normally this isn't an issue, but in this case it was...

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Future-Proof Industrial Networks

It’s an exciting time to be involved in industrial automation. New solutions are taking shape and stand to make automation networks easier to manage, faster to run, and most importantly, provide value like never before.

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