Functional Safety + PROFIsafe: Past, Present, and Future

Functional safety is not only in the interest of the affected persons, but it also makes sense from a business point of view. When the risk of accidents is correctly accounted for, systems equipped with modern safety technology have a much lower total cost of ownership than unprotected ones.

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PROFINET with IRT – Determinism and Data Access

Once proven, many of the mechanisms employed by PROFINET IRT for 15+ years, are now being standardized by the IEEE e.g. in TSN. In hindsight, we are seeing just how truly 'ahead of its time' PROFINET technology is/was.

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Our I4.0 Big Picture: Concrete Measures

When the Industry 4.0 Project was started at PI with lots of dedicated companies, its many different dimensions quickly became clear. Due to the sheer size of this spectrum, we also have to work closely together with other organizations. We all agreed that action was called for, not a “wait and see” attitude!

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Change is the Essence of Progress

It doesn't matter if OPC UA, MQTT, OPC Companion Specifications or NOA shaped PA-DIM data models come around the corner; they all only make sense when there is digital data coming from field devices, sensors, signals, converters, proxies etc. And what are they all connected to? A PROFINET network.

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A New Book on PROFINET

“PROFINET in Practice – Installation, Maintenance, Design and Systems Engineering” by Dr. Xiu Ji, updated in November 2019. This book is based on the success of the series, PROFIBUS in Practice, answering the need for guidelines and instruction on engineering best practices.

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30 Years of PI

30 years ago, in December 1989, PI was founded out of a research project, funded by the German government. What happened afterward is well known. A success story in industrial automation.

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PROFINET: The World’s Leading Industrial Ethernet Solution

Get up to date with the latest research from IHS Markit | Technology. Findings show the adoption of PROFINET in the industry. In terms of newly connected nodes, PROFINET represented a market share of nearly 30% in 2018, making it the world’s leading Ethernet-based communication solution for industrial automation.

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IODDfinder – The Smart Solution

It does not get easier than this. With the IODDfinder, files arrive from the Internet automatically – no fuss, no muss. This Internet platform for IO-Link description files – has become an established name in the market in just three years.

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