Issue 129

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PROFINET Enables Today’s and Tomorrow’s Machine Building
Already today machine builders are forced to construct new machines for the worldwide market which can produce things flexibly, adapted to customer demands. PROFINET supports them with built-in TCP/IP communication, which is independent from special hardware or software modules in the devices or controllers. So communication between the overlaid production line control and the non-PROFINET devices is easily possible.

Application Story: PROFINET empowers IIoT Deployment
When you think about how to keep grain operations running smoothly with zero downtime and no undetected safety hazards or unnecessary operating costs, the Internet of Things is probably not the first answer that comes to mind. Read how PROFINET empowered this real-world IIoT deployment.

Understanding PROFIBUS Diagnostics
One of the many reasons for PROFIBUS’ success over the years has been the ability of PROFIBUS diagnostics to pinpoint instrument problems in a running system. This tech tip’s purpose is to give you a better understanding of the mechanics of how PROFIBUS diagnostics work and to show how the information is reported.

IO-Link: Did You Know?
Did you know that the benefits of IO-Link are built on three pillars? The tremendous success of IO-Link rests on three pillars whose value is clearly recognized no matter the industry sector:

  • Simplified installation
  • Simplified parameter assignment
  • Diagnostics

20 Years of PROFIBUS for Silicon Manufacturing
Solland Silicon in Meran, Italy, is one of the leading companies in silicon manufacturing for the photovoltaic industry.  The factory in Meran, Italy, belongs to the PUFIN Power Group and is a chemical manufacturing operation.  They have used PROFIBUS since the 1990’s and now use PROFINET as well.

PI Update: New Board Member, PI Meeting Report, Still Free eBook, Audi Video
It has been a busy month for PI. Phil Marshall of Hilscher has joined the PI North America Board of Directors. There was the annual international PI meeting in Ireland. Catching the Process Fieldbus free eBook has been downloaded over 500 times since it was announced in last month’s PROFINEWS. There is a new video with PROFINET user Audi complimenting PI. And social media rolls on.

Training and Events: PROFINET across North America, ACHEMA fair in Germany
All dates for the remaining 2015 North America PROFINET one-day training classes are finalized. We’ve added an additional class to be held in Toronto too. Find a class in your area. In event news, the process-industry-focused ACHEMA fair will take place in Frankfurt, DE on June 15-19.

Regional News

  • The famous PROFINET book by Manfred Popp is now available in Japanese
  • Read the abstracts for the upcoming PROFIBUS Conference in the UK
  • A new white paper has been released in Australia about industrial communications enabling the IIoT

Member News
There is member news this month from HMS and Softing. HMS announces a collaboration with Xilinx to deliver next generation industrial networking solutions. Softing has published a White Paper discussing PROFINET network diagnostics.

New Products
GE adds PROFINET to a safety controller, HMS adds PROFIdrive to their solution set, Softing introduces a new PROFIBUS subsystem, Siemens adds device detection to its server software, Teledyne DALSA adds PROFINET to its vision camera, and TR Electronic adds PROFINET MRP to its absolute encoders.

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