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Uptime with PROFINET

How much does downtime cost you in your plant? An automotive plant’s downtime could cost $10,000 per hour. Your mileage may vary, but there definitely is a cost for downtime at your plant. And you can’t be everywhere all the… Read more »


The Network is an Asset

I always think of PROFINET as facilitating Asset Management – conveying messages from assets (especially process devices) to warn of impending failure and allow proactive maintenance. Then at PI Australia’s PROFIBUS & PROFINET Global Forum and Automation Innovation Summit, one… Read more »


Five Decades in Automation

Five decades seems shorter than fifty years. It was 50 years ago in June that I started working in industry. It was my fourth job. (One through three were TV Guide route, the paper routes were all taken; stock clerk… Read more »


Top Ten Reasons to Become Certified in PROFINET

Carl and Michael are at the annual international PI meeting. So this week we feature this guest post from the instructor of the PROFINET Certified Network Engineer class, Hunter Harrington: Run the automation race and keep the pace with your… Read more »


Industrie 4.0 Revisited

Having returned from Hannover Fair where everything was Industrie 4.0, it’s time to revisit what Industrie 4.0 is and where the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things, and PROFINET fit. In words: PROFINET provides data in the Industrial… Read more »


Hannover 2016: News Summary

Here is a summary of Hannover Fair news: PROFIblog. The past six posts present my first-person view of the fair. PROFINEWS. You will find a more formal PROFI-centric report in the May PROFINEWS, the second through fourth articles. Phoenix Contact…. Read more »


Hannover 2016: Member News

Visiting PI North America members uncovered some unique products. Here they are in the order I stumbled upon them: HMS. In the OPC Foundation booth, our old friend Michael Volz showed me an HMS module that moves PROFINET data to… Read more »


Hannover 2016: The Forum, Part 2

The second session I attended in the Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet forum was by Armin Pühringer of Hilscher. I was attracted by the title, “From Sensor to Cloud – Device Integration and IT Infrastructure.” Knowing that Hilscher has… Read more »


Hannover 2016: The Forum

The forum, Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet, ran frequent sessions throughout the week. I attended a couple of them: the opening panel and “From sensor to cloud – device integration and IT infrastructure.” The opening forum featured an introduction… Read more »


Hannover 2016: The PI Booth

The PI booth was once again the hub of PROFINET and PROFIBUS activity under the banner of “Backbone of Industrie 4.0.” Featured walls included PROFINET, process, PROFIsafe, IO-Link, and vision. The PI Lounge provided a venue for networking and refreshment…. Read more »