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Articles from Issue126

Industrial Internet of Things Protocols

Standards and Protocols for the IIoT: A look at how open data access protocols like Profinet can be used to provide data for Internet of Things deployments. The technologies behind the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have existed for many years. Consider these three terms often used in IIoT discussions: Remote access … That’s old […]

A Stepped Approach to Securing Automation Systems

Professor Dr. Frithjof Klasen, a member of the Managing Board of the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), discusses problems surrounding security for automation systems and explains how guidelines from communication technology organisations, such as PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), can be helpful. Typical security threats in the production environment can include infection by malware, unauthorised use […]

PI at embedded world with an IoT Theme

The Internet of Things (IoT) was a focal point of the embedded world Exhibition & Conference 2015. Theory and practice came together as the latest developments and industry interests were discussed in the exhibition halls and at the conference. It was really difficult to find a booth where IoT was not visible or at least […]

PROFIBUS: Just the Ticket for Locomotive Refueling Station

An international iron ore producer was recently looking to replace the aging positive displacement meters in a refueling station in its rail yard. The company relies on more than 20 locomotives and close to 1000 cars to transport nearly 75,000 tonnes of iron ore concentrate along its 420 km private railway every day. An additional 300-plus […]

IO-Link: Did You Know?

Did you know that the IO-Link Community already has 83 member companies? The interest in IO-Link continues unabated! As of December 2014, 83 companies already belonged to the IO-Link Community. The first quarter of 2014, in particular, saw a significant boost. This trend is confirmed by a recent study by Quest Marketing. According to the […]

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 […]

Training and Events: Issue 126

This month features training from Australia, Germany, and the United States of America. Free one-day PROFINET classes in the USA have been very successful so far in 2015. In Australia, the Profibus Australia Association (PAA) is putting on a 5-week training campaign for 2015. ABB will host two PROFIBUS courses in Leipzig and Dusseldorf. Meanwhile, GE Intelligent […]

Regional News: Issue 126

This issue brings news from Australia where an Internet of Things conference is scheduled for late April. Also, a new advertising campaign is being launched in North America highlighting PROFINET as a backbone for manufacturing uptime. Meanwhile PI Italia has many events planned for the year. Conference in Australia The ACI Connect Conference is to […]

Member News: Issue 126

Softing has a new video describing how to access HART parameters over PROFIBUS. They’ve also written an article on diagnostics within PROFINET. Balluff has two new Application Notes describing the benefits of decentralized I/O. GE introduces a new demo board for the PROFINET one-day training classes. German Chancellor Merkel visits Siemens’ showcase factory. Are you a […]

New Products: Issue 126

New products this month include modular protocol functionality, a PC based controller for IoT, multi-protocol ICs, a heating control system, PROFIsafe rotary encoders, a new PROFINET stack, and an expanded connector lineup.  Click the headlines for all the details. Modular Way of Adding Flexible Protocols Advantech’s new iDoor technology is a modular way of adding flexible […]

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