Training and Events – January 2020

The Japanese PROFIBUS Organization (JPO) joined IIFES2019, the largest automation fair in Japan, from Nov. 27 through 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. About 50,000 people visited the fair over three days. Also there is upcoming training in Belgium, The Netherlands, the United States, and Singapore.

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SPS 2019 Wrap-Up and a Look to 2020

Under the new name 'Smart Production Solutions', SPS Fair 2019 was again a big success. The name change reflects the ongoing digital transformation and therefore the convergence of IT and OT. Many IT companies appeared at the fair to showcase their IoT solutions. It was a perfect setup for PI and our booth.

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Technical Work on OPC UA Safety Completed

In cooperation with the OPC Foundation, PI has completed the technical work for "OPC Unified Architecture, Part 15: Safety". It allows for vendor-neutral failsafe machine-to-machine communication that until now had been missing.

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New Products – December 2019

There are many new products to announce this month -many released at the recent 2019 SPS Fair. Companies with new products this month include: AMCI, Automation Direct, Dymax, Leuze, Turck, and Wago.

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PROFINET Enhanced with Further Security Measures

Since 2006, the PROFINET Security Guideline has described the technical and procedural measures on the part of the manufacturer and users of PROFINET devices. PI is now developing supplemental measures to also protect PROFINET at the protocol level.

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Ethernet to Field Instruments in the Process Industry

Ethernet-APL (Advanced Physical Layer) improves the value creation of your process system through the use of Internet technology and high-speed communication down to the field level. As a result, the installation, configuration and maintenance of instruments and automation technology are greatly simplified.

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Tapping Shop-Floor Data

At this year’s PI Konferenz in Frankfurt, a user complained that approximately 90% of the data accrued in today’s production process remains untapped. PROFIBUS & PROFINET International is tackling this problem by standardizing the interfaces and data coming from devices, cells, or machines.

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Trends to Watch in 2020 and Beyond

Understanding how the ‘black channel principle’ ensures safety-related messages get from their source to their destination and IO-Link’s role in simplifying the sensor-to-cloud connection are two trends to watch in 2020 and beyond.

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