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HMI Design: The Key to Process Efficiency [Tech Tip]

Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) are functional devices in automation environments. They provide graphics-based visualization for both monitoring and controlling machines. Generally, some HMI designs are more efficient than others. This Tech Tip covers important considerations to design a successful HMI interface.

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New APL [Advanced Physical Layer] Video

This video is the final installment in the MinutePROFINET three-part series on Industry Foursight. APL is an exciting new technology enabling intrinsically safe Ethernet connectivity to instruments in hazardous areas. Watch this one-minute video and learn more!

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Industrial Topology Options and PROFINET

Choosing the most suitable and efficient network topology is a crucial step during network design. This new White Paper offers detailed insights into industrial network topology options, their benefits, and challenges. Download the full document to learn more!

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New White Paper: PROFINET and Industrial Wireless

Wireless communications open up a variety of applications that are difficult or impossible with cabling. PROFINET enables wireless connections without limitations, even with safety messages. This White Paper introduces industrial wireless communications and describes wireless topologies and features available in PROFINET networks.

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Offshore PROFIBUS Troubleshooting [Tech Tip]

Located 3 hours offshore, in the middle of the North Sea, is a vast array of wind-turbines with a PROFIBUS network essential to keeping electricity flowing to their batteries. We received an urgent call from their engineer. The network had failed, no amount of in-house expertise could diagnose the problem - could we please help?

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Tech Tip: PROFIBUS Default Update Time

After obtaining the correct passes, we took the training out of the classroom and into the workplace. Our plan: we were going to attempt to tap into the live network, and then diagnose and rectify the fault, hopefully without triggering a global baggage catastrophe. So... no pressure then.

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