PROFIBUS & PROFINET news from around the world

Articles from Issue138

PI Community Communications

PI Chairman Karsten Schneider shares his observations on the importance of communications – not just in bits and bytes, but person-to-person and organization-to-organization.
The huge success of PI technologies is based on communication. The quality and widespread global use of PI technologies would never have been possible if the PROFIBUS and PROFINET developers had not had an outstanding character trait – the absolute determination to communicate with one another.

The Continuing, Critical Role of Industrial Ethernet

Because the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) leverages so many existing technologies, it seems that everybody and their mother can claim to have the necessary expertise. But let’s not forget that IIoT roots are firmly planted within industrial Ethernet.

PI at embedded world

PI was an integral part of the embedded world trade-show last month. The co-exhibitors Innovasic, Molex, Phoenix Contact, Renesas, and Siemens gave information about how to implement PROFINET and what kind of support can be expected during development.

PI North America Announces Developer Training

PI North America, in collaboration with the PROFI Interface Center, is proud to announce the creation of workshops dedicated to developers of automation devices. The classes guide a vendor through the options open to them when they decide to add a PROFINET interface to their device.

Training and Events – March 2016

PI sponsors a range of classes: free one-day training classes, PROFIBUS & PROFINET Certified Network Engineer classes, and the newly created PROFINET Developer Classes. Globally, there is a five-city series in France featuring PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and wireless PROFINET and in Germany there’s a plugfest.

Take Command of your Network

PROFINET Commander is a vendor-independent PROFINET software utility which runs on a Windows PC and allows you to set up, test, and commission devices quickly without special programming (i.e. without a PLC) or additional hardware.

PROFIBUS PA – Saving Money from the Start

Recently on a LinkedIn forum, someone asked the following question: “I am a new instrumentation engineer. How does 4 – 20 mA technology work?” What followed was an in-depth analysis of the origins and history of the technology. Lost in the heat of the discussion, two people made almost the same comment: “We should leave that behind and just switch to fieldbus!”

IO-Link: Did You Know?

Did you know that IO-Link drastically reduces the number of interfaces needed?
Modern automation systems contain a variety of sensors and actuators from different manufacturers that are linked to controllers. IO-Link provides a universal physical interface for wiring and a uniform interface for configuration and parameter assignment.

A Social Media Milestone

PI is celebrating a number of social media milestones. Our YouTube channels have been producing useful videos for five years. @AllThingsPROFI has been tweeting since July of 2008. But the ten-year milestone (almost to the day!) goes to the PROFIblog.

New Products – March 2016

This month’s product highlights include two new IoT gateways for PROFIBUS / PROFINET from two different companies, flowmeters with PROFINET connectivity, new compact I/O, SmartLights, and much more…