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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]