Welcome to 2022. With larger and larger amounts of manufacturing data being used at enterprise IT levels, the challenge of easily accessing, collecting, and processing that data is growing. To tackle this challenge, the power of information models has become clear and will be a focus for PI over the coming year.
The goal of extended work occurring on information models is to provide machine-interpretable semantic descriptions for all data provided by products using PI technologies. A white paper is planned to elaborate on the approach using so-called facets.
New products this month include an IO-Link evaluation kit from STMicro; ATEX and Ex approval for IP67 rated IO-Link I/O blocks from Turck; and Single Pair Ethernet PCBoard connectors from Amphenol ICC.
With a new year comes expanded reach in 2022 for PROFINEWS. PI members are eligible to submit articles about any technology in the PI portfolio to be published in PROFINEWS free of charge. Get in touch with us to reach a bigger global audience today.
Sustainability is a topic many companies are engaging with in a major way right now. One key pillar being considered is the efficient use of equipment and resources. Tracking technology for the localization of production parts, tools and mobile machines can greatly contribute to their being used more efficiently.
IO-Link is enjoying increasing popularity, with demand for the communications standard growing rapidly, especially in the food & beverage industry and other process control related industries. The fieldbus-independent technology for point-to-point communication is easy to use and cost-effective.
Industrial network planning is a complicated task and has to take many different aspects into account. Various TSN demonstrators, testbeds, and case studies are very valuable in this process, especially in the early stages of network planning and development.
In order for industrial networks to work efficiently despite high, sometimes irregular data traffic and to run reliably in terms of security, their structures must be adapted. The pitfalls and solutions for this are explained in a nutshell in this new video "Industrial networks in transition - utopia or necessity?"