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Articles from Issue151

PI Poland to Hannover Fair 2017

Poland is honored to be a partner country on the Hannover Fair this year. Significant growth of the Polish economy in recent years has resulted in an increased number of foreign investments. Practically every branch of industry is benefiting from the use of industrial networks, and the vast majority of those networks are Profibus and Profinet.

PI North America is Hiring!

PI North America is currently hiring for its Technical Marketing Director position. We are looking for someone with a blend of marketing capabilities combined with technical aptitude. The ideal candidate will also have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Hannover Fair Preview

With the comprehensive theme “PROFINET – The Backbone of Industrie 4.0” PI will present its stand at the Hannover Messe, April 24 to 28, 2017. The PI Community and nearly 80 co-exhibitors present themselves in the Industrial Automation Hall 9, Stand 68, as in the previous year.

PI Conference: Shaping the Future

The fifth PI Conference on March 22 and 23, 2017 was a great success. In the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt am Main, about 300 participants got information about trends and innovations related to the technologies of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI).

PI Poland Profile

In 2017 we celebrate the 13th anniversary of the PI Poland organization, which has been active in supporting the development of industrial networks Profibus, Profinet, and IO-Link. We see a steady increase in interest in our technologies and an annual increase in association membership.

Application Story: Redundant Communication in Mines

The MDJ-100 is a fully redundant PROFIBUS-based system enabling communication in more than 50 shaft mines across eastern Europe. The network incorporates intrinsic safety (PROFIBUS PA) to cope with the explosive environment below ground, and functional safety (PROFIsafe) to ensure worker safety at all times.

IO-Link Controls Pipeline Heating [Application Story]

Pipelines transporting various liquids in open space must often be protected against freezing by using electrical heating wires. Effectiveness and reliability are vital. ATER Logic from Olsztyn, Poland is modernizing heating pipelines systems, allowing full control and process monitoring through the use of IO-Link.

PROFINET I/O Modules for Print Shop Bender

Machines in the printing industry have many interfaces to the office world. Plate setters, punch benders, and the actual printing machine must be networked together and connected to the system of the print shop. Instead of conventional point-to-point wiring, remote Profinet I/O modules collect the signals directly on the stacker and bring them to the box PC controller in the control cabinet. Transparency, diagnostics and remote maintenance are easy because it’s all based on Ethernet.

Upcoming Training and Events

Additional free PROFINET one-day training classes are scheduled in the USA. PI Italy has three PROFINET and PROFIBUS Days on the calendar.

New Products – March 2017

Safety, switches, controllers, development kits, and a process controller are among the new products announced from Balluff, Banner Engineering, Leuze, Phoenix Contact, Renasas, Siemens, and WAGO.