The Final Push for APL

Sometimes you get the feeling that it’s almost good etiquette for work to be delayed on large-scale projects. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, as shown by results from the 2-wire Ethernet solution for process automation: Ethernet APL (Advanced Physical Layer).

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PROFINET over APL – Overview and Details

Ethernet is the de-facto communication standard in enterprises, but it does not meet process automation requirements without modification. Ethernet-APL will enable long cable lengths and explosion protection via intrinsic safety with communication and power over two wires.

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Religion, Politics, and Cybersecurity

My momma raised me right. Growing up, she taught me there are certain topics you avoid expressing your opinions on to just anybody. Those were: religion, politics, and cybersecurity 😉. Nowadays though, it’s hard to avoid talking about these topics. Welcome to this security-focused issue of PROFINEWS.

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Additional Security for PROFINET

It is not sufficient simply to protect plant networks and automation components, rather the protective mechanisms and concepts must not interfere with a running production operation. Additional measures will now supplement the proven IT security concept for PROFINET.

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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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