PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link news from around the world

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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IO-Link and PROFIsafe Events in Germany

Two successful events took place in Germany in September. A PROFIsafe user workshop hosted the PROFIsafe Working Group, 12 exhibitors, speakers and 33 workshop participants at HMS. Also, over 90 representatives from 43 international businesses gathered in Bad Soden for the latest IO-Link interoperability workshop.

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25 Years of PTO and PROFINEWS

Here is the cover from the very first issue of PROFINEWS, 25 years ago. Like any good origination story, the idea for this newsletter was drawn up on the back of a cocktail napkin. How far we've come! We're celebrating with a look back and a look to the future. –Michael J Bryant

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IO-Link – A Key Component on the Path to Industry 4.0

IO-Link enables the Industrial Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0 by providing communications over the last meter, to the last sensors and actuators. The latest IO-Link member meeting generated a lot of international attention. Learn about the success stories, use cases, and development plans presented during the event.

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Digital Transformation Promotes Growth for PROFINET

Consistent digitalization and standardized horizontal and vertical data exchange are two main factors for comprehensive Industry 4.0 implementation. Robust, real-time capable communication technologies, like PROFINET, form the basis of such implementation. PI is following promising Industry 4.0 trends and recognizing what is relevant and vital for the sustainability of PI technologies.

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