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The Importance of Open Standards

As the data from factories scales exponentially, the ability to access that data transparently becomes critical. If we want the Industrial Internet of Things to truly be a game changer for the manufacturing industry, open standards will be a major enabler of that transformation.

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Six Steps to IIoT

A recent magazine article outlined six steps to take to implement the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It was mostly political – form a team, get buy-in from a C-level executive, etc. The political approach may be valuable, but for engineers the steps are different. So here are the six technical steps to the IIoT.

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IO-Link Community Japan

IO-Link Community Japan leader, Mr. Shinichi Motoyosh, announced the start of the IO-Link Community Japan in April 2017 to promote the industrial digital communication technology, IO-Link. And it also starts the “IO-Link experience course” from June 2017 at Industrial Open-Network Laboratory of Research Institute for Science and Engineering in Waseda University, as one of the field communication seminars.

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PROFINET Conference in Denmark

PI Denmark conducted a special conference on May 18, 2017 with PI Chairman Karsten Schneider as key speaker on the subject "PROFINET and IO-Link - Communication Technology for Industrie 4.0."

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New Dairy in Silkeborg – But without Milk

Instead of milk, the small dairy simply processes water. The finished product is not going to be used for anything at all, but will just go down the drain once it has been through the process. And what is the point of that? Well, whether the dairy processes water or milk, the process is exactly the same, and this dairy has been established solely for the purpose of training the company’s customers, so it is actually quite logical.

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IO-Link Sensors in Tire Manufacturing

Tire manufacturing machinery in general, and tire curing presses in particular, incorporate numerous sensors and indicators that contribute to machine efficiency. As an example, tire curing presses often use magnetostrictive linear position sensors for feedback and control of mold open/close. Overwhelmingly, sensors that provide an analog, 4-20 mA signal are used. But there's a better alternative to typical analog feedback: IO-Link.

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Tech Tip: Designing for Available Bandwidth

A frequently expressed concern of PROFINET users is bandwidth. Is there enough? How can I be sure? This is a legitimate concern, prompting a reminder that there’s never a substitute for doing the engineering. Architect the system with bandwidth usage in mind.

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