Nine of the best
and latest PROFINET/PROFIBUS products
ASSEMBLY MEETING MOVED
A change of venue for this annual
Free one day classes for PROFINET and PROFIBUS
CERTIFIED NETWORK ENGINEER CLASS
Another chance to become a certified engineer
| FDI TO UNIFY FDT AND EDDL
How a single device management technology is now within reach
CERTIFIED DESIGNER COURSE
An opportunity to become a certified PROFIsafe engineer
Have you visited our specialist PROFINET resource?
blogs, two new videos and a fascinating LinkedIn thread
| WORLD NEWS
News from South Africa, UK, South East Asia,
China, France, Ireland, and Switzerland
where the first ever Regional
PI Association outside Germany was born 20 years ago.
PLATFORM USES PROFINET: PACSystems
RXi IS a "revolutionary" new control and computing platform designed
for the needs of the Industrial Internet. It uses redundant
PROFINET interfaces to support high performance, high uptime
communications. Based on leading-edge computing and network
technology, and supported by an emerging ecosystem of cloud-based
tools, RXi helps customers gain productivity benefits from machine-to-machine
connections and the skill sets of a digital workforce. GE
CABLING: This new Multiport distribution
concept facilitates interference-free data cabling using PROFINET
or Ethernet. It combines data and power interfaces and has seamless
shielding to prevent interference in high-EMC areas such as near
welding robots and conveyor systems. The push-pull connector ensures
quickly assembly and IDC technology is used. PHOENIX
RECOGNIZES PROTOCOL AUTOMATICALLY: Turck's
Multiprotocol technology for Distributed I/O allows users to employ
one device for three Ethernet protocols including PROFINET. On
power-up, the device recognizes the protocol available to the network
making for much easier integration with host control systems. It
operates consistently across all TURCK distributed I/O product
families and can be applied in any application that uses a host
with PROFINET. TURCK.
ABSOLUTE ENCODERS: Intelligent
diagnostic functions and rapid data transfer are key features
of the AFS/AFM60 PROFINET absolute encoders
for high-precision measurement of position and speed.
They include comprehensive diagnostic functions to increase network
reliability. Various configuration options are included to enable
customized adjustments. SICK.
CERTIFIED SILICON SOLUTION FOR PROFIBUS: Freescale
and TMG TE have successfully certified their first joint PROFIBUS
reference design through the ComDeC PI Test Laboratory. The solution
integrates the commercially-available TMG PROFIBUS DP slave stack
with Freescale Layer 2 PROFIBUS microcode on a QorIQ P1025 multicore
processor. This enables a single device to run control applications
plus PROFIBUS and PROFINET protocols without a separate ASIC
or FPGA. The Freescale PROFIBUS reference platform is included
with the TWR-P1205-KIT.
REPEATER HUB: The RHP303 is a modular repeater
for PROFIBUS networks and systems. It's ideal for dense networks
and can increase the distance of cabling by up to 1200m per channel
and the number of devices up to 32 per segment. It allows for
the deployment of hybrid topologies too, including spurs and
tree/star. Unlimited repeaters can be connected together in series
or cascade. SMAR.
INTERFACE CHIP: This new and improved version
of the RapID Platform Network Interface for Industrial Ethernet connectivity
has been certified for PROFINET Class B and is ready to ship. Multiple
Ethernet protocols are supported without changing hardware or software
so communication remains the same regardless of protocol. It incorporates
PriorityChannel to eliminate the effects of network traffic and loading
and is available as a module or as an embedded design. INNOVASIC.
NETWORKING EASILY: The
netJACK interface family enables PROFIBUS
or PROFINET slave and master functionality to be added easily
using an interchangeable module. Integration
is easier and less costly than with similar solutions.
Configuring for a particular protocol is just
a matter of inserting the right module, which can include
added functions such as control and visualization. HILSCHER.
EXTENDED: HMS has extended the connectivity
of its Anybus-X gateway family to cover PROFINET IRT (Isochronous Real Time)
for both copper cabling and fiber optics. By using an Anybus X-gateway,
plant owners can keep existing equipment and simply connect it
to PROFINET IRT networks. This maximizes the investment in current
machinery and speeds up the migration to PROFINET. HMS
ASSEMBLY MEETING MOVED: The venue for the
2012 PI North
America General Assembly Meeting on September 25 - 27 has been
moved to the
Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ, due to building works at the usual
venue. Says co-organizer
Carl Henning: "PROFINET can do most things but re-building
a hotel on-time proved impossible. However, it'll be "business
as usual" at our new location."
CLASS SCHEDULES: If
you want to learn about PROFIBUS and/or PROFINET then you can't
beat these FREE one-day events. PI North America
evangelizers will likely be visiting a venue near you sooner
or later. So, book early, as seats get filled quickly. We currently
include a section
on transitioning from PROFIBUS to PROFINET, to meet the needs
of engineers who want to upgrade but wonder how it impacts existing
PROFIBUS equipment. With PROFINET the answer is easy: just integrate
it! The remainder of the 2012 program is confirmed as:
CERTIFIED NETWORK ENGINEER CLASS: Because
PROFINET Certified Network Engineer classes for the rest of 2012
are full (or nearly so), we have added an additional class. It's
in Johnson City, TN as usual, but at the ITT Technical Institute.
There's a new opportunity too to become PA certified. Boost
your career! Become
an accredited "Certified
Engineer". The confirmed class list is:
On-site classes can be arranged. Contact the PI North America office, or email: CertifiedTrainingManager@PInorthamerica.com.
FDI TO UNIFY FDT
One year ago five major automation Foundations – the
FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation,
PROFIBUS and PROFINET International, and OPC Foundation - signed
agreements to form the “FDI
Cooperation”. The mandate was to develop a
single, cross-protocol device integration technology (FDI) for
the management of intelligent field devices plant-wide. Thanks
to unprecedented cooperation between the five Foundations and major
suppliers such as ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys,
Siemens and Yokogawa this goal is now within reach. With
FDI, one tool spans multi-platforms and multi-protocols to manage
intelligent field devices during all life cycle phases, from configuration,
commissioning, and diagnostics to calibration. But what
has this to do with you and why should PI members and users get
involved? Well, if you are building a PROFIBUS PA device today
you need to think about deploying one, or even both, of two device
management options - FDT and EDDL. System vendors,
designers and end users also face this choice. As a result interoperability,
support and cost issues must be confronted by both sides. FDI combines
the best of each technology in a single, unified solution. The
benefits are obvious. Find more at www.fdi-cooperation.com.
CERTIFIED DESIGNER COURSE: Being
qualified to handle PROFIsafe is mandatory
so becoming certified is important. The next opportunity
is in October in Karlsruhe, Germany. Developed in
cooperation with TÜV
it's open to PI members and employees and includes written tests.
Successful candidates receive a “Certified
PROFIsafe Designer” certificate.
The course is in English. MORE
For all things PROFINET you can't beat our
special web site covering well ... all things PROFINET, for designers,
developers and end users. Guess what it's called? Right: "ALL
TIME AGAIN: Carl
Henning's PROFIblog has spotted more writers being economical
with the truth about PROFINET! In a new blog entitled The
EtherNet/IP FUD-sicle – Melted Again he explains the reality
behind claims that PROFINET can't do ... we won't go on - it's
just too painful. Read Carl's modern busting
of some tired old
myths! There's lots of other automation comment
ONLY TAKES A MINUTE FOR THE FASTEST APPLICATIONS: The
MinutePROFINET channel on YouTube has a new video explaining
in 60 seconds (more or less) how PROFINET now achieves cycle
times down to 31.25µS.
That's FAAAAAAAaaaaast. And, like every aspect of PROFINET, it's
fully Ethernet-compliant, despite what the fuddie-duddies say.
HOW'S IT DONE?
IS 4-20mA MORE ROBUST THAN FIELDBUS? A
lively thread, started three months ago in the LinkedIn PROFIBUS
and PROFINET group, sprang from this simple question. It generated
many insightful responses including this assertion: "4-20mA's
reputation for robustness is because most problems are undetected!" FOLLOW
THE THREAD HERE.
I AM PROFINET: The sheer breadth of support
for PROFINET makes this short, simple film a powerful statement
PROFIBUS Training Center of South Africa has been delivering training
sessions in neighboring countries Namibia and Botswana as well
as holding local events IDXONLINE.
UK: The PROFIBUS Group celebrates
its 20th anniversary in 2013. A Conference with
Workshops and Table Tops is planned for June 2013. Speakers
are sought. CALL
South East Asia: The PROFIBUS/PROFINET
Association South East Asia has conducted a PROFIBUS/PROFINET Seminar
in Singapore attended by 150 people. Its new PROFINET
multivendor demo was debuted. SOUTH
China: In July,
the first ever PROFINET
R&D workshop took place in Beijing, attracting 18 engineers
wanting to develop PROFINET products. Road Shows for PROFINET
France: In October,
France PROFIBUS-PROFINET is organizing "Technical Days" at CERN
and ESIGELEC. Attendees get to visit the facilities as well as
listen to presentations on PROFINET and PROFIBUS topics. FRANCE.
Ireland, in co-operation with partners, hosted an “International
Workshop on Industrial Communications” on
September 7th, featuring PROFINET, PROFIBUS, diagnostics, Wireless
HART, and related topics. IRELAND.
Switzerland celebrated its 20th anniversary with a big party
at the SINDEX Fair in Berne - the location where Switzerland became
the first Regional PROFIBUS Association (RPA) outside of Germany. SWITZERLAND.