Functional Safety + PROFIsafe: Past, Present, and Future

Functional safety is not only in the interest of the affected persons, but it also makes sense from a business point of view. When the risk of accidents is correctly accounted for, systems equipped with modern safety technology have a much lower total cost of ownership than unprotected ones.

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PROFINET with IRT – Determinism and Data Access

Once proven, many of the mechanisms employed by PROFINET IRT for 15+ years, are now being standardized by the IEEE e.g. in TSN. In hindsight, we are seeing just how truly 'ahead of its time' PROFINET technology is/was.

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Wireless PROFINET + PROFIsafe in the Building Materials Industry

When laying grey cobblestones in road construction, probably only a few people realize that this is the serial product of a highly automated industrial process. But that is exactly how it is - and PROFIBUS, PROFINET and PROFIsafe are all involved, including wireless connections.

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Webinar: Industrie 4.0 Technology

From workshop to webinar; the future is digital and connected. The current situation surrounding COVID-19 clearly shows the opportunities of digitization. Therefore the PNO's highly anticipated Industrie 4.0 Workshop will now be presented as a Webinar over two days in late May.

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Industrial Safety: PROFIsafe Profile Overview [Tech Tip]

PROFIsafe is a safety communication technology for discrete manufacturing and process automation systems. It was developed to meet the Functional Safety requirements for PI communication technologies. Read this overview of functional safety and PROFIsafe.

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Our I4.0 Big Picture: Concrete Measures

When the Industry 4.0 Project was started at PI with lots of dedicated companies, its many different dimensions quickly became clear. Due to the sheer size of this spectrum, we also have to work closely together with other organizations. We all agreed that action was called for, not a “wait and see” attitude!

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PROFINET & OPC UA: Data to Valuable Insight

Even though PROFINET and OPC UA have some overlap in the automation and process industries, they complement each other very well in bringing the best horizontal and vertical integration possible. In the latter case, raw data from field devices turns into valuable information as expected by higher level decision-making systems.

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