As the popular saying goes, paths are made by being walked. In this sense, PROFINET has clearly shown that a technology can outgrow its expectations and blaze new trails as a pioneer. When an Ethernet-based communication system was first being considered 16 years ago, no-one had any idea that this technology would be a “door opener” to totally new areas of use, in this case, Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things applications.
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The IO-Link Community met in Frankfurt, Germany for its 16th IO-Link Interoperability Workshop. 75 participants from 33 companies spent both days intensively putting their new IO-Link devices through their paces. The participant turnout also set a new record in the number of different countries from which attending companies originated.
Did you know that IO-Link drastically reduces electrical installation costs?
IO-Link results in significant cost savings even for classic binary sensors. For use as an installation system, IO-Link sensor hubs are available on the market that condense up to 16 binary sensors with one switching output or 8 sensors with two switching outputs (e.g. antivalent or Desina sensors) into a single serial IO-Link connection.
PI Brazil has had a full slate of meetings and activities including some featuring PI Chairman, Karsten Schneider. On November 9, PI Italy held their final PROFIBUS and PROFINET event of 2016 in the industrial district in southern Italy. PI Middle East is hosting another PROFIday featuring the food and beverage industry on November 15.
There are many new products to announce this month. Softing has introduced a PROFIBUS DP master for Xilinx FPGAs. Hilscher has announced a gateway to bridge Real Time Ethernet networks. Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced device libraries into its SegmentChecker. Comtrol has announced PROFINET certification for their IO-Link master. Siemens has released power modules for their drives, plus upgraded connectivity for their reluctance motors. Molex has introduced an IP67 PROFINET IO-Link master.