Tech Tip: What Are Application Profiles?

PROFIsafe, PROFIdrive, PROFIenergy… these terms are pretty common in the PI world. How are they used in the real world? And how do they actually work? PROFINET and PROFIBUS are both great protocols that can be used to send data across a network. But that’s where their responsibilities end: they don’t assign any specific meaning […]

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IO-Link: Did You Know?

Did you know that every device has a manufacturer’s declaration? In addition to the IO-Link specification itself, a test specification is available. Anyone can download these specifications from www.IO-Link.com. In addition, easy-to-operate test systems with comprehensive functions are offered for IO-Link masters as well as IO-Link devices. These test systems perform the test cases defined […]

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IT Professional’s Guide to Industrial Ethernet

There are numerous advantages to using Ethernet on the plant floor and some critical issues to consider for a successful implementation: migration strategies, communications differences, security needs, and the need for industrially hardened devices. Here are the five critical things an IT Professional needs to know about bringing Ethernet to the plant floor. CLICK HERE […]

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IO-Link: Did You Know?

Did you know that every IO-Link device is delivered with a mandatory device description? With IO-Link there are many enhanced functions available compared to conventional sensors and actuators. IO-Link devices can be uniquely identified and conveniently parameterized, and they supply diagnostics that open up new opportunities and potential for plant availability and predictive maintenance. In […]

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Tech Tip: PROFINET’s Got Class – in Real Time

PROFINET has class, in fact, many classes: Conformance Classes, Real Time classes, media redundancy classes, and even more class(es). Last issue covered Conformance Classes; this Tech Tip covers Real Time classes. The Real Time classes determine the services used and how the protocol operates “under the hood,” if the communication is synchronized or unsynchronized among […]

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