Issue 121

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Newsletter Merger

Welcome to the new, combined edition of PROFINEWS (global edition) and PROFINEWS North American Edition. The combined newsletter has a new look and a new home at The editorial team includes members from…

PI North America 20th Anniversary

The task seemed simple back in 1994: Create a world-class US membership organization based on a German technology that has no market share outside of Germany. And you have no money and no members to start this organization.

General Assembly Meeting Overview

Being PI North America’s 20th anniversary, we set out to make this year’s Meeting a bit of a special event. From the Tuesday evening reception to the Wednesday evening boat-cruise-networking-event to all of the discussions during the day, all in all it was a very successful conference.

Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has become a hot topic for many in our industry over the past year. Whether you call it Industry 4.0 or Internet of Things or Industrial Internet, if you can’t get the data there is no IIoT.

Training and Events

The 27 Regional PI Associations (RPAs), affiliated PI Training Centers (PITCs), and their members offer a wide range of training classes and events to learn about PROFIBUS and PROFINET. The events are frequently trade shows where the RPAs’ members provide multi-vendor demos.

PROFIBUS-Controlled Dispersion System

In its small component metering in the explosive area, Henkel is using PROFIBUS for the first time in its dispersion and solvent adhesives operation in Düsseldorf. Henkel became a manufacturer of adhesives somewhat unintentionally when, in 1923,

Tech Tip: PROFINET’s Got Class

In this tech tip, we want to explain to you how PROFINET can further help in your project or product planning. Not only is PROFINET the leading Industrial Ethernet standard, another advantage of PROFINET is that it has class, in fact, many classes: conformance classes, real time classes, media redundancy classes and even more class(es).

Member News

Endress+Hauser and Phoenix Contact, both PI North America members, have recently expanded their facilities in the United States. Each company inaugurated new state-of-the-art buildings, further underscoring their commitment to the US market…

Regional News

Australia and China are in the news this issue. Australia has begun an innovative advertising program that features audio answers to six PROFINET questions. China has standardized on PROFINET. Has PROFINET reached the highest level of Chinese national standard?

New Products

  • PROFINET Controller simulators
  • Hardware modules
  • PROFINET diagnostics tools
  • Relays with PROFINET
  • PROFINET gateways
  • Updated PROFIBUS diagnostics tools
  • PROFIBUS repeaters

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