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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omlox: The Locating Standard of the Future

omlox, a fascinating new open technology, will enable a significant portion of Industry 4.0: The real-time location-based service. Smart location-based services in the industry can revolutionize factory design.

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Vertical Communication in PROFINET Networks

In a future-proof network, existing and new technologies function smoothly alongside one another. A good example is the combination of OPC UA and PROFINET. With OPC UA as middleware, data and information models can become object-oriented (the 'how'). PROFINET, takes over the supply of the data (the 'what').

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First OPC UA Companion Specification for PROFINET Published

PI has published the first OPC UA companion specification for PROFINET. This standardized model enables PROFINET devices from a wide variety of different manufacturers to transfer device data vertically. This specification is an exciting step, yet, it is just the beginning of PI’s strategy for vertical integration.

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The Big Picture Network

What does digital transformation mean for industrial networks? How can a future-proof networking strategy help companies go digital? What are the trends in automation networks that are shaping digitalization?

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APL Ethernet for Hazardous Areas Passes Practical Testing

The question of how Ethernet should be handled in potentially explosive atmospheres has been keeping users in the process industry busy for many years. Now, after successful testing of APL technology by BASF, we are closer to a solution.

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Successful Teamwork: OPC UA / PROFINET Companion Spec

How can data from the field be introduced into an IT system, and how can information which benefits the user be gained from it? Teamwork between PI and the OPC Foundation is illustrating our response to the sensible interaction between different technologies.

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