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!
Even though PROFINET and OPC UA have some overlap in the automation and process industries, they complement each other very well in bringing the best horizontal and vertical integration possible. In the latter case, raw data from field devices turns into valuable information as expected by higher level decision-making systems.
As 5G becomes available in the consumer world, industry leaders are engineering solutions to implement 5G in industrial applications. Ericsson and Audi are testing 5G ultra-reliable low-latency communication and Qualcomm and Siemens have set up the first 5G private standalone network in an industrial environment.
This article features new products from Endress+Hauser, Phoenix Contact, Omron, Pepperl+Fuchs, Sick, Yamaha Motors, and WEG. Learn about new gateways, robot controllers, drives, smart cameras, and liquid analytic devices that are just hitting the market.
A large plywood manufacturer in Uttarakhand, India, was experiencing costly downtime due to network errors. After identifying critical issues using a PROFIBUS diagnostics tool, the customer made key installation and design changes to eliminate the errors.
In this article we will cover the details of PROFINET diagnostic concepts and use-cases covered by the PROFINET and OPC UA Companion Specification for mapping diagnostic information from a PROFINET device to OPC UA.
Highlighted this month are trainings in the United Kingdom and Denmark. In the UK, a series of three classes covering PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and IO-Link are planned later in the year. In Denmark, a PROFINET course is planned for early June.
Two workshops were held recently in India. The first, a two-day workshop in Bengaluru, focused on PROFIBUS and PROFINET troubleshooting and predictive maintenance. The second, a one-day event in Pune, also covered the role of OPC UA in PROFINET networks.