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The official email newsletter of the PTO in North America Issue 18 December 2007

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MORE THAN MY BLOGS WORTH?: Carl Henning recently received high praise indeed from Automation World's Gary Mintchell. FUD has been a recurring theme of Carl's PROFIblog and in a recent revival Gary responded with an item wondering why FUD is deemed so necessary by certain vendors. PROFIblog continues to cover topics of all types as Carl flexes his typing muscles in ever more interesting ways. His recent visit to Beiling for a PI meeting somehow morphed out of a PROFINET one day training event in Detroit, where more people than had registered turned up (113 actually) to confound Carl's unsophisticated algorithm for estimating how many lunches to order. Elsewhere he rants about never, ever, using a fieldbus. Isn't the truth always stranger than fiction?


CASE STUDIES

Read how PROFIBUS and PROFINET are helping end users be successful around the world:

BRAZILIAN SUGAR AND ALCOHOL UPGRADES: A new White Paper has been published here

PROFINET HELPS TOBACCO PLANT :
Founded in 1939, the Xuzhou Tobacco Factory, located in the eastern province of Jiangsu, is one of the largest cigarette factories in China with fixed assets of 1.7 billion RMB (around $125M) and an annual production yield of 0.5 million cartons of cigarettes. The company was interested in implementing an innovative automation solution that would offer the flexibility to produce a larger number of product variants. In addition, customer system requirements called for easy traceability of production processes and an overall reduction of production costs. Siemens provided a PROFINET-based solution which included 10 SIMATIC S7-400 CPUs with SIMATIC NET CP 443-1 Advanced Ethernet communication processors and over 60 SIMATIC ET 200S stations with integrated PROFINET interfaces. WinCC HMI stations with SIMATIC Panel PCs and CP 1616 were also installed. SCALANCE X-400 industrial switches form the backbone of the network. Using PROFINET CBA (Component Based Automation) whereby modules of automation not only provided fast engineering but also the necessary production flexibility. By shortening production duration and requirements, the new solution resulted in substantial cost reductions. The increased system flexibility offered by the modularity of the PROFINET CBA solution made faster production adaptation to market requirements possible. Moreover, the system now enables real-time recording of all aspects of the production processes.

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WORLD NEWS

CHINA: The Regional PI Associations (RPAs), which represent PROFIBUS and PROFINET in individual countries, met in Beijing in August for the 19th PI Meeting. The meeting agreed on the global marketing strategy and defined measures how to implement and achieve common goals. The Chinese RPA is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. GERMANY: At this year’s SPS/IPC/DRIVES (November 27 to 29, 2007 in Nuremberg), PI and more than 50 member companies will demonstrate the power and breadth of PROFIBUS and PROFINET solutions. The theme - ‘PROFIBUS - Easy to Use’ - emphasizes the market leadership of PROFIBUS. Over 100 PROFINET products from more than 20 companies will demonstrate the continuing growth of PI’s important Industrial Ethernet technology. SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2007 Hall 6, Booth 210! CHINA/JAPAN/THAILAND: The PROFIBUS PA book by Christian Diedrich and Thomas Bangemann is now available in Chinese and Japanese. A Thai version will be published soon. The new books can be ordered directly from RPAs. German and English versions can be ordered here. CZECHIA: ANF DATA has gained accreditation as a PROFINET Certification Laboratory for Isochronous Real-Time (IRT) and PROFIdrive. ANF DATA has provided PROFINET services for customers around the world and since 2004 has helped many companies bring PROFINET products to market. SWITZERLAND: The PICC and PITC at the Bern University of Science in Burgdorf held their 4th Training Workshop for Certified PROFINET IO Network Engineers in August. The session was enhanced by additional practical exercises covering automatic topology detection and network management. The duration was also extended to 3 days.


 

 

NEW PRODUCTS

INTERFACE CARDS: Woodhead Industries announces the BradCommunications SST PCI two channel interface card for PROFIBUS, which allows a computer to connect to two independent PROFIBUS networks. The interface is a universal PCI bus format, supports both 3.3V & 5V and is PCI-X compatible.
Features include device configuration and diagnostics through FDT using commDTM, diagnostic LEDs for system status, watchdog timeout and communication status Applications include connecting computers running software applications such as Operator Interfaces, Human-Machine Interfaces, PC Control and network diagnostics to PROFIBUS.
The cards are also available for other computer bus formats. Woodhead Industries

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