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Articles from Issue121

Newsletter Merger

Welcome to the new, combined edition of PROFINEWS (global edition) and PROFINEWS North American Edition. The combined newsletter has a new look and a new home here at It features the most-read articles, other articles from this issue, and the AllThingsPROFI twitter feed in the right hand column. The editorial team includes members from […]

PI North America 20th Anniversary

The task seemed simple back in 1994: Create a world-class US membership organization based on a German technology that has no market share outside of Germany. And you have no money and no members to start this organization. And the largest automation company in the US will hate you. And those are the positive points. […]

General Assembly Meeting Overview

Being PI North America’s 20th anniversary, we set out to make this year’s Meeting a bit of a special event. From the Tuesday evening reception to the Wednesday evening boat-cruise-networking-event to all of the discussions during the day, all in all it was a very successful conference. Twenty Years Executive Director Michael Bryant kicked off […]

Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has become a hot topic for many in our industry over the past year. Whether you call it Industry 4.0 or Internet of Things or Industrial Internet, if you can’t get the data there is no IIoT. That data needs to be acquired: reliably, in real-time, with alarms, with […]

Training and Events (Issue 121)

The 27 Regional PI Associations (RPAs), affiliated PI Training Centers (PITCs), and their members offer a wide range of training classes and events to learn about PROFIBUS and PROFINET. SPS/IPC/Drives Show The events are frequently trade shows where the RPAs members provide multivendor demos. Such a trade show is coming up next month in Nuremberg […]

PROFIBUS-Controlled Dispersion System

In its small component metering in the explosive area, Henkel is using BARTEC’s remote I/O system ANTARES for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf. Henkel became a manufacturer of adhesives somewhat unintentionally when, in 1923, a shortage of packaging adhesives threatened to hinder the labelling of products. Today, the […]

Tech Tip: PROFINET’s Got Class

In this tech tip, we want to explain to you how PROFINET can further help in your project or product planning. Not only is PROFINET the leading Industrial Ethernet standard, another advantage of PROFINET is that it has class, in fact, many classes: conformance classes, real time classes, media redundancy classes and even more class(es). […]

Member News (Issue 121)

Endress+Hauser and Phoenix Contact, both PI North America members, have recently expanded their facilities in the United States.   Endress+Hauser inaugurated a new 80,000 square feet state-of-the-art Customer Center in Greenwood, Indiana (left). This 16 million dollar investment in infrastructure helps to optimize customer support and further underscores Endress+Hauser’s commitment to the US market and […]

Regional News (Issue 121)

Australia and China are in the news this issue. Australia has begun an innovative advertising program that features audio answers to six PROFINET questions. Find the questions and answers here. China has standardized on PROFINET. There are several levels of Chinese national standards. Has PROFINET reached the highest level? Answer here. With PROFINET’s rapid growth in […]

New Products (Issue 121)

New products this month include: new PROFINET I/O, master simulators, hardware modules, PROFINET diagnostics tools, relays, and gateways, plus updated PROFIBUS diagnostics tools, and PROFIBUS repeaters.  Click on the headlines for additional details, photos, and video. New Analog Output Ethernet I/O Modules with Discrete I/O Acromag expands their line of BusWorks®XT Ethernet I/O modules that […]

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