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An excellent resource, the PROFIdrive Basic Slide Set gives a comprehensive overview of the PROFIdrive technology.
The field of industrial communications is continuing to develop at an astonishing pace with the result that the field of automation is constantly changing. Initially, automation focused exclusively on production, but now it is part of a network that covers service and maintenance, warehousing, resource optimization and the provision of data for MES and ERP systems in addition to the actual task of automation. Fieldbus technology, which has facilitated migration from centralized to decentralized automation systems and supports the use of distributed intelligence, has been and indeed still remains the driving force behind this development. Ethernet-based communication systems provide a link between automation technology and information technology, thereby enabling consistent communication to be implemented from the field level right through to the corporate management level.
Electrical drives not only drive machines, but they have also driven PROFIBUS. In this way, they have propelled the most recent DP-V2 functionalities: 'clock cycle synchronization' and 'slave-to-slave communication'. They have opened up entirely new applications for drives with PROFIBUS. Distributed automation structures can be realized economically by means of intelligent drives, since PROFIBUS now also permits the highly dynamic distribution of the technological signals among the drives. Digital servo-drives can now be synchronized via PROFIBUS, and the position control loop can be closed via the bus. This allows demanding motion control tasks to be realized.