For us at PI, networking is not just a technology. It is what we live day by day and worldwide. Collaboration and standardization are more important than ever in these times. That is why we are so excited about the return to Hanover Fair this year. The range of PI technologies on display will be unprecedented.
Continuing the positive trend for PI technology, PROFINET is fast approaching the 50 million installed devices milestone, while IO-Link is experiencing extraordinary growth. With Ethernet-APL, PROFINET is well positioned for the future in process automation as well.
A new white paper describes how OPC UA information models open up data access for existing and future PROFINET devices. The first standardized, open information models for PROFINET and IO-Link are already available. Also, watch a short video that summarizes the uses and benefits of structured information models.
Due to a lack of seamless and precise location data, service-oriented business models in industry have historically been limited to either stationary indoor equipment or mobile outdoor equipment scenarios. With omlox, the world’s first open location-tracking standard in industry, new service-oriented business models are now possible.
The expanded reach of PROFINEWS in 2022 has led to a significant increase in readership. Is your company a member of PI? Have an interesting PROFI-related story to share? Need a way to get relevant content into the hands of industrial automation professionals? Contribute your material by sending an email to the editor today.
IO-Link has grown exponentially in many areas of industry and is implemented in a large number of products. I’m very confident that IO-Link will see further growth as a neutral PI technology in other areas of application outside of industry as well. The question is heard more often: "Is this device also available with IO-Link?"
On the face of it our Working Groups look pretty similar this year when compared to last year. TSN, Security, APL/SPE, OPC UA, 5G, etc. are familiar terms we say countless times. Behind the scenes though, we’ve become much more specific in implementation in terms of the steps from idea to product.
A new resource page in the Industrie 4.0 section of the PI website describes in detail the new Standard Robot Command Interface and how it relates to PROFINET and PI technologies in general.