Agility and Flexibility – Two Strengths of Our PI Community

The buzzwords “agility” and “flexibility” are often justifiably uttered in the context of software engineering and, on a higher level, Industry 4.0. I also see the approach and attitude towards day-to-day challenges – as well as strategic ones – that define these terms as an aspiration and activity of our community.

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IO-Link vs Ethernet or IO-Link over Ethernet?

Will the penetration of Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) into industrial applications down to the lower field level displace IO-Link, or can IO-Link and SPE coexist? Could there even be a solution which combines the advantages of IO-Link and SPE? A concept study on IO-Link over SPE.

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Sensor Communication Serves Big Data

As a basis, Big Data requires a high degree of machine-readable, standardized information that is available across all OT levels. With OPC UA Companion Specifications for both PROFINET and IO-Link, plus the push for Ethernet at the sensor level, more tools than ever are now in place.

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IO-Link Quality Assurance Heading for a Quantum Leap

IO-Link is growing at a remarkable rate around the world. By the end of 2019, there were already 16 million reported nodes. Maintaining quality whilst ensuring ease-of-use were two important requirements for the development of a new IO-Link master test system.

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omlox: a Fruitful Beginning

Omlox has reached an exciting milestone. After two years of hard work, the omlox community showcased the power of its open locating ecosystem via a virtual tradeshow and presented the first products and solutions supporting the omlox standard. BREAKING: omlox wins Hermes 2020 award!

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omlox off to Flying Start at PI

The 30 years of experience in the user-oriented development and successful global marketing of the PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and IO-Link technologies was decisive for the initiative of the omlox partner companies to entrust PI in the further development and propagation of the their omlox technology.

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IO-Link and JSON

The IO-Link Community has published a new specification for easy data exchange. This specification describes how data can be exchanged by IO-Link over JSON REST and MQTT – fully in line with the transparent communication of Industry 4.0.

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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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