The Importance of Standardization

Many PI experts are active in national and international standardization organizations and have taken on strategically important management functions there. Two exemplary areas include the integration of TSN into PROFINET and the specification of semantic identifiers for device description.

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PROFINET with PA Profile in Process Industry Plants

In the process industry, and in automation technology in particular, digitalization is currently a hot topic where the goal is to be able to respond to plant and market events quicker and more effectively than before. This article sets the technological basis for digitalization in the process industry.

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PROFINET Training – Anytime, Anywhere

PI Brazil has built a PROFINET Online Academy. It is a free, online webinar platform, organized into specific PROFINET topics covering the basics of Ethernet all the way up to best practices when developing with PROFINET.

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Developing a PROFINET Device: Easy and Future-Proof

Welcome to 2019! In the spirit of developing networks among colleagues and among automation devices, this month's issue focuses on PROFINET device development. Due to the rich community of solution providers and resources available to developers, adding a PROFINET interface to an automation device is both easy and future-proof.

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Regional News – January 2019

In this month's issue: Germany prepares for its biennial PI Konferenz in March, the RPA Chairman in Ireland receives an award of distinction, and in the USA, a series of training classes is announced.

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SPS IPC Drives 2018 Recap and Outlook

SPS fair just closed its doors and the year is coming to an end. It was an exciting one for PI. We made lots of progress in our working groups and in technology adoption. I invite you to read further in this issue of PROFINEWS to learn more. –– Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman

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PROFINET “Angel Fund” Bearing Fruit in China

The "PROFINET Angel Fund" project is aimed at spurring development of automation products based on PROFINET technology. More than two dozen manufacturers were selected; so far, 18 are in the R&D and testing phase, while 9 have completed certification.

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IO-Link + PROFINET + OPC UA = 1, 2, 3 Punch

In close cooperation, and within the framework of a joint working group, experts from PI and the OPC Foundation have specified a solution for presenting PROFINET data in the OPC UA object model. Additionally, work on an "OPC UA for IO-Link" companion specification has begun.

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