Not sure what PROFIsafe is or how it works? Need to get up to speed quickly on the world’s most installed functional safety network? Here are some resources to gain more knowledge –from very short to in-depth.
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How do you design a paint shop so it’s safe for workers and workpieces? With PROFINET and PROFIsafe and a WiFi connection, ADAL Sp. z.o.o. was able to manage a highly complex application.
The next PROFIsafe Certified Designer Training takes place March 7-9, 2017 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The class will be conducted in the English language. This training is offered by PI, in conjunction with TÜV-Süd.
Sometimes time goes very fast; a year ago PI published my welcome article on PROFIsafe in PROFINEWS. As everyone expected the number of PROFIsafe nodes installed has reached 5.4 million in year 2015. There is no doubt that this trend will continue for the coming years because of the transition of fieldbus technology from PROFIBUS to PROFINET and market acceptance of safe PLCs for functional safety of the machine.
Functional safety allows safety functions to be defined that can actively react to a ‘security’ attack. New standards are being drafted that cross the divide between safety and security.
Of particular interest to manufacturers of PROFIsafe controllers is the new F-Host test tool for PROFIsafe V2.61. The F-Host test tool will be used by PI test labs for official certification tests and by vendors of F-Host controllers for in-house tests.
PROFIsafe is growing rapidly and PI is providing multiple classes to educate users, machine builders, and device makers in the benefits of this technology. Educational opportunities range from webinars to certification classes. Two PROFIsafe-specific classes are scheduled in Germany with the certification class offered only in English.
Following successful standardization of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in China, PROFIsafe – the first and only communication-based safety standard in China – has now been elevated to the status of a Chinese national standard. This is further evidence that the world leading PI technologies are highly regarded in China – not just because of their high quality but also based on their large installed base and reliable organization.