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Industrial Internet of Things Protocols

Standards and Protocols for the IIoT: A look at how open data access protocols like Profinet can be used to provide data for Internet of Things deployments. The technologies behind the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have existed for many years. Consider these three terms often used in IIoT discussions: Remote access … That’s old […]

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A Stepped Approach to Securing Automation Systems

Professor Dr. Frithjof Klasen, a member of the Managing Board of the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), discusses problems surrounding security for automation systems and explains how guidelines from communication technology organisations, such as PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), can be helpful. Typical security threats in the production environment can include infection by malware, unauthorised use […]

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PI at embedded world with an IoT Theme

The Internet of Things (IoT) was a focal point of the embedded world Exhibition & Conference 2015. Theory and practice came together as the latest developments and industry interests were discussed in the exhibition halls and at the conference. It was really difficult to find a booth where IoT was not visible or at least […]

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PROFINET: High Value for Machine Builders

“It just works; no problems”, was the immediate response of an SPS/IPC/Drives fair visitor in front of our new paper airplane machine. I had asked about his experiences with PROFINET. Because I did not have to carry on a “general conversation,” we talked specifically about his concrete benefits during the integration of PROFINET in his […]

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Training and Events: Issue 125

Register now for one of the many events fast approaching in the upcoming months. First is embedded world 2015 in Nuremberg, DE. Next up is the PI Conference in Speyer, DE in early March. Also in March are a PROFIsafe Certified Designer Course and the first of three PROFINET Workshops.  Be Our Guest! Invitation to […]

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PI Update

Updates from PI in this issue include new documents, the ten best blog posts from 2014, and the top tweet. The guidelines for designing, installing, and commissioning PROFINET networks have received important updates. The PROFINET System Description has also received a significant overhaul. New Documents PROFINET Checklist for Acceptance Tests For several years, PI (PROFIBUS […]

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8 Go-To Resources for PROFINET

One of PI’s major goals is to provide resources for users, system integrators, OEMs, and device makers.  Here are eight resources (and a few bonuses) in a logical order to pursue: 1. Marketing Flyer: PROFINET. A brief, high-level overview of PROFINET. Yes it has “marketing” in the title, but it does provide a high-level introduction. […]

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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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