Issue 128

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Celebrating 25 Years in Style
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of PROFIBUS technology to world markets. To celebrate this momentous year, alongside the 27th combined meetings of PI, we are delighted that Ireland was selected as the venue for the meetings and celebrations.

PI at Hanover Fair 2015
The PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) booth at Hanover Fair this year saw a heavy amount of foot traffic. News from the trade-show includes announcements about PROFINET testing, a new Regional PI Association (RPA) in Chile, new PI Competence Centers in Bolivia and Peru, and IO-Link node counts.

IIoT and Industry 4.0 at Hanover Fair
The official theme of this year’s Fair was “Integrated Industry – Join the Network” but the real theme was “Industry 4.0.” And PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link feed the Industrial Internet of Things portion of Industry 4.0.

IO-Link: Did You Know?
Did you know that IO-Link allows automatic parameter assignment by the PLC? With IO-Link, the parameter assignment of the devices is stored in the higher-level automation system and is transferred automatically if a device is replaced. Moreover, the PLC can access, read, and write any parameters during operation.

Application Story: Fortescue Metals
Development of Fortescue Metals Group’s (FMG) 60mtpa (Million Tons Per Annum) Solomon Iron Ore Project was completed in just over two years – including the construction of two new mines, primary and secondary crushers, two ore processing facilities, PROFINET & PROFIBUS control networks, 15km of overland conveyors, rail, and other infrastructure.

PI Update: Free eBook, New Video, Social Media
This month’s PI Updates include turning a widely-read PROFIBUS book, Catching the Process Fieldbus: An Introduction to Profibus for Process Automation, into a free eBook, announcing a 25-year retrospective video, and PROFIblog posts about the Industrial Internet of Things and Hanover Fair including a look at the “lighter side.”

Training and Events: A Busy Month of June
The month of June is shaping up to be a busy month for training. Find an event in your area and increase your expertise in PROFIBUS, PROFINET, or both! Free and paid classes are available, catering to varying levels of experience.

Regional News: From China and the UK
News from around the world this month comes from China and the UK.  The first Chinese-produced PROFINET product is certified.  PI UK reports first graduates from a Certified PROFIBUS System Designer class.

Member News
PI North America members Softing, Siemens, and Moxa are in this month’s news.

  • Softing presents a paper on diagnosing PROFINET networks.
  • Siemens has an application story and a perspective on using PROFINET in oil and gas.
  • Moxa announces a mobile app with products and much more.

New Products: 14 Products from 12 Vendors
It’s no wonder that PROFIBUS is the world’s most-installed fieldbus, and PROFINET is the fastest growing Industrial Ethernet standard. With so many new products being released, the market is larger than ever. In total there are 14 new products to announce from 12 different vendors; too many to list here!

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