Drives Are the Muscles of Automation

Drives are the muscles of automation and they are used in all parts of factory automation, process industry, and infrastructure. Today with smart automation and distributed control systems, modern drives are fully integrated in industrial communication. At PI this integration is PROFIdrive. The PROFIdrive profile offers a unique and standardized interface for all kinds of […]

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PROFIdrive: Tell Me More

Want to learn more about PROFIdrive? There are many resources available including documentation, white papers, and videos. For a quick introduction, view the MinutePROFINET video “MinutePROFINET: PROFINET and Drives.” PROFIdrive is one of many application profiles for PROFINET and PROFIBUS. An application profile is like an “object” in that it arranges data in a consistent […]

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Updates from PI

PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) has updated the planning, installation, and commissioning guidelines for PROFINET networks to include acceptance test checklists. A new PROFINET System Description is also released. Meanwhile, in Social Media, the PROFIblogger muses on ‘what is the Industrial Internet of Things’. PROFINET Checklist for Acceptance Tests For several years, PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) […]

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Observations from the SPS/IPC/Drives Fair 2014

In PI’s event calendar, SPS/IPC/DRIVES fair always marks a big highlight of the year. The fair’s importance is easily recognizable by its continuous growth. Although slightly fewer visitors than in the previous record year, there were more exhibitors present and an additional hall was used for this year’s fair. In the same way, PI was able […]

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SPS Report: PI Stand and More

The SPS/IPC/Drives Show was bigger than ever with an additional hall added to the floor plan.  Our report begins with a photo gallery of the PI Stand and continues with a highlight of the stand’s focal point – a machine to fold and launch paper airplanes.  A look around the fair showcases PI members’ stands […]

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FDI technology used by PI

With the release of the FDI Specification and handover to IEC and the availability of the first version of the developer tool, FDI Cooperation LLC has achieved its primary goal. PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) has participated actively in the various working groups by providing numerous experts and was instrumental in shaping the technology in […]

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SPS Report: PI Press Conference

On the morning of Day 2 at the SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nuremberg, PI held their annual press conference to present the headlines with respect to PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Couldn’t make it that early in the morning? Here’s your wrap-up. In short, the presentation covered: PROFINET in Machine Building, New Guidelines, PI in China, FDI News, PI […]

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Welcome

In only a few days the SPS/IPC/Drives Show will open its doors in Nuremberg. One highlight of this year’s booth will be a new manufacturing model that clearly demonstrates the technologies. The model was designed and built in a cooperative partnership with the TU Darmstadt and will include PROFINET products from many different vendors. For […]

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