Another three years have passed by since the last Achema already! PI aroused the interest of many visitors with a large multi-vendor 2-wire Ethernet (APL) demonstrator and the release of its PA Profile 4.0 for PROFINET documentation.
Closed fieldbuses simply don’t cut it anymore to run a modern manufacturing plant. Sure, they achieve the necessary performance, but at the expense of flexibility. Now that Ethernet is becoming deterministic by design, performance is no longer the deciding factor: it’s all about the data.
PROFINET is increasingly evolving into a pillar for automation concepts of the future. A new version of the PA application profile (PA Profile V4.0) is an important step toward making PROFINET suitable for use in process automation equipment of the Industry 4.0 generation.
From June 4 - 7, 2018 the annual PICC/PITC/PITL Meeting took place in the Netherlands. More than 70 representativesof the PI Competence Centers, Trainings Centers and Test Laboratories held various meetings in The Hague.
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.
Impressive numbers from PI's latest node count audit. PROFINET devices exceeded 20M, PROFIsafe continued a very positive trend, IO-Link achieved a record in two regards: device count and growth.
PI showcased its first TSN integration demonstration at Hannover Messe 2018. From a user perspective, the demo subtly exhibited a very interesting and unique feature...