Network of the Future

Though there’s no way to tell exactly what the network of the future will look like under the effects of the Industrial Internet of Things, there are three universal network aspects worth focusing on to prepare yourself—and your network—for the future. (more…)

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PROFINET in Process White Paper

PROFINET_in_PA_V1.5_web_EnglishThis white paper reports – oriented to the timeline of the technology development – which functions and capabilities of PROFINET are currently meeting the demands of process automation and which can be implemented and then used in products in the future based on specifications that are complete or in progress. (more…)

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Achema 2015: A clear commitment to PROFINET in the process automation world

The Who’s Who of the process industry came together at ACHEMA 2015. Numerous innovations could be seen and all participants engaged in lively exchange with scores of customers and interested parties. PROFIBUS and PROFINET International aroused the interest of many visitors with publication of its White Paper “PROFINET – The solution platform for process automation.”

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The Industrial Internet of Things Is All About the Data

A look at how the industrial application of the Internet of Things concept makes for a very different use of data than the consumer Internet of Things and how Profinet sources the industrial data needed via an open standard.

It should have been called the Industrial Internet of Data. It’s the data that gets saved and analyzed to provide the benefit of improving industrial processes. That data originates in devices like buttons and switches, in complex sensors and actuators, in vision systems, and drives. The data gets manipulated, logic is applied, and control algorithms completed in controllers like PLCs, DCSs, and PACs. From there it emerges in organized fashion to be displayed, stored, and analyzed.

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PROFINET Enables Today’s and Tomorrow’s Machine Building

Already today machine builders are forced to construct new machines for the worldwide market which can produce things flexibly, adapted to customer demands.

PROFINET supports them with built-in TCP/IP communication, which is independent from special hardware or software modules in the devices or controllers. So communication between the overlaid production line control and the non-PROFINET devices is easily possible. (more…)

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PI Update: New Board Member, PI Meeting Report, Still Free eBook, Audi Video

It has been a busy month for PI.  Phil Marshall of Hilscher has joined the PI North America Board of Directors.  There was the annual international PI meeting in Ireland.  Catching the Process Fieldbus free eBook has been downloaded over 500 times since it was announced in last month’s PROFINEWS.  There is a new video with PROFINET user Audi complimenting PI.  And social media rolls on.

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