Issue 123

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Observations from the SPS/IPC/Drives Fair 2014

In PI’s event calendar, SPS/IPC/DRIVES fair always marks a big highlight of the year. The fair’s importance is easily recognizable by its continuous growth. Although slightly fewer visitors than in the previous record year, there were more exhibitors present and an additional hall was used for this year’s fair.

SPS Report: PI Stand and More

The SPS/IPC/Drives Show was bigger than ever with an additional hall added to the floor plan. Our report begins with a photo gallery of the PI Stand and continues with a highlight of the stand’s focal point – a machine to fold and launch paper airplanes. A look around the fair showcases PI members’ stands

Application Story: Bogasari’s move from PROFIBUS to PROFINET

To ensure continuous and efficient manufacturing, this Indonesian wheat flour miller upgraded its industrial networks from PROFIBUS to PROFINET to gain visibility over its processes and address issues as they happen. Bogasari Flour Mills, a division of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, is not only the largest integrated flour miller in Indonesia

FDI technology used by PI

With the release of the FDI Specification and handover to IEC and the availability of the first version of the developer tool, FDI Cooperation LLC has achieved its primary goal. PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) has participated actively in the various working groups by providing numerous experts and was instrumental in shaping the technology.

Tech Tip: PROFINET’s Got Class, PROFINET’s Got Class

The redundant title is your first clue to this issue’s topic: media redundancy classes. Media redundancy is optional with all conformance classes, but in some applications it is critical for correct operation (for example, hot backup in a safety application) and offers network media redundancy through a ring topology. PROFINET has two main media redundancy classes defined.

Training and Events

With Certified Training available in England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA, and the Netherlands over the next month, it is shaping up to be a busy holiday season. Sign up today and learn about:

  • Planning
  • Designing
  • Installing
  • Commissioning
  • Maintaining
  • Troubleshooting

SPS Report: PI Press Conference

On the morning of Day 2 at the SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nuremberg, PI held their annual press conference to present the headlines with respect to PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Couldn’t make it that early in the morning? Here’s your wrap-up. In short, the presentation covered:

  • PROFINET in Machine Building
  • New Guidelines
  • PI in China
  • FDI News
  • PI Konferenz 2015

Member News

GE Intelligent Platforms has released a new video about PROFINET redundancy, or what they term ‘high availability’. The new video runs approximately 45 minutes in length and discusses the advantages of a redundant PROFINET network compared to traditional topologies. Also, HARTING has a new iPad App that allows users to configure their connectors.

Regional News

Read about news from:

  • A PROFIday hosted in November in the Netherlands
  • Germany, where the PNO has announced the PI Konferenz for March 11-12, 2015
  • Switzerland, where a 2-day bus tour culminating at the SPS show was hosted

New Products

New products this month include:

  • New switches
  • Wireless bridges
  • Networked power supplies
  • PLC control over Ethernet
  • Industrial patch panels

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