On Nodes, Numbers, and Industry 4.0

The just released node counts for our technologies again show the power of PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link. They are developing very well, and as recent market studies have indicated, stronger than competing technologies. And this, after 30 years of PI! This is the ultimate proof that we made the right decisions in the past.

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Vertical Communication in PROFINET Networks

In a future-proof network, existing and new technologies function smoothly alongside one another. A good example is the combination of OPC UA and PROFINET. With OPC UA as middleware, data and information models can become object-oriented (the 'how'). PROFINET, takes over the supply of the data (the 'what').

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PROFIBUS at India’s Largest Brewery

One of the world’s largest beer manufacturing plants in Bannur, India was experiencing intermittent PROFIBUS communication losses in their packaging division. As is often the case, poor installation practices were found and corrected to bring the line back to 100% productivity.

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New Products – June 2020

New products this month include secure cloud connectivity on PROFINET interfaces from HMS Anybus, PROFINET servo motor dev kits from Festo, industrial network cable testers from Fluke, and ultrasonic cleaners with PROFINET from Weber Ultrasonics. Read on!

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The Big Picture Network

What does digital transformation mean for industrial networks? How can a future-proof networking strategy help companies go digital? What are the trends in automation networks that are shaping digitalization?

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Successful Teamwork: OPC UA / PROFINET Companion Spec

How can data from the field be introduced into an IT system, and how can information which benefits the user be gained from it? Teamwork between PI and the OPC Foundation is illustrating our response to the sensible interaction between different technologies.

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New Products – May 2020

New products this month include: adhesive heaters from Meler with PROFIBUS and PROFINET; PLCnext technology from Phoenix Contact with PROFINET and TSN; IO-Link starter kits from Turck; and stack lights with IO-Link also from Turck.

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