Shaping the Path of PROFINET for Process Automation

Another three years have passed by since the last Achema already! PI aroused the interest of many visitors with a large multi-vendor 2-wire Ethernet (APL) demonstrator and the release of its PA Profile 4.0 for PROFINET documentation.

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Not Your Father’s Fieldbus – A Look at TSN

Closed fieldbuses simply don’t cut it anymore to run a modern manufacturing plant. Sure, they achieve the necessary performance, but at the expense of flexibility. Now that Ethernet is becoming deterministic by design, performance is no longer the deciding factor: it’s all about the data.

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PROFINET in Process Automation: PA Profile V4.0

PROFINET is increasingly evolving into a pillar for automation concepts of the future. A new version of the PA application profile (PA Profile V4.0) is an important step toward making PROFINET suitable for use in process automation equipment of the Industry 4.0 generation.

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PI Support Meeting Held in The Hague

From June 4 - 7, 2018 the annual PICC/PITC/PITL Meeting took place in the Netherlands. More than 70 representativesof the PI Competence Centers, Trainings Centers and Test Laboratories held various meetings in The Hague.

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The Latest on PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Brazil

Associação PI Brasil has been hard at work producing new content like videos and animations describing the PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies specifically for the Brazilian market. To wit, the seminal book 'Industrial Communication with PROFINET' is now available in Portuguese.

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New Products – July 2018

New products this month: SmartCamera from Balluff; iVu color sensors from Banner Engineering; power measurement modules and IO-Link safety switches from Phoenix Contact; and Ethernet switches with PoE from Wago.

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IO-Link General Meeting Sets Course for Future

At this year’s IO-Link General Meeting on June 21, 2018, 70 members came together in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss the direction IO-Link will be taking in the coming years and to set the agenda for the future. A special presentation marked the Consortium's 200th member.

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