Issue 130

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Achema 2015: A clear commitment to PROFINET in the process automation world
The Who’s Who of the process industry came together at ACHEMA 2015. Numerous innovations could be seen and all participants engaged in lively exchange with scores of customers and interested parties. PROFIBUS and PROFINET International aroused the interest of many visitors with publication of its White Paper “PROFINET – The solution platform for process automation.”

The IIoT Is All About the Data
This White Paper takes a look at how the industrial application of the Internet of Things concept makes for a very different use of data than the consumer Internet of Things and how Profinet sources the industrial data needed via an open standard. It should have been called the Industrial Internet of Data…

Tech Tip: Understanding PROFIBUS Diagnostics Part 2
PROFIBUS’s success in the industrial controls universe is partly due to its wide array of diagnostic capabilities. Every PROFIBUS slave device must support, at a minimum, 6 bytes of standard diagnostic data.

A Pair of PROFIBUS Application Papers
Snijders Intelligent Automation designs and manufactures electrical panels for many industrial and commercial sectors, including maritime. The Barwon Water biosolids drying facility is a fully enclosed thermal drying operation in Australia. Both are using PROFIBUS to maximize transparency and uptime.

IO-Link: Did You Know?
Did you know that IO-Link wiring needs only 3 wires of a parallel cable instead of 19? The simple motto 3 instead of 19 wires vividly describes the saving potential of IO-Link compared to conventional wiring.

Magazine Article Recap
Through the first half of 2015 there has been a flurry of activity in the magazine press relating specifically to PROFINET, PROFIBUS and of course IIoT. Here’s a recap of those articles to stay up to date on the latest coverage.

Training and Events
New training events have been announced in North America for Toronto and Seattle. In Europe, training is being offered across the continent for both PROFIBUS and PROFINET Engineers and Installers.

Regional News
PI Australia just completed their annual general meeting with positive results; will host a one day PROFINET & PROFIBUS Expo; and announces training courses for later this year.  PI Italy had a successful show with an award-winning PROFIenergy paper.  PI UK reports on their recent conference.

Member News
In member news this month, Phoenix Contact has introduced a hybrid magazine+catalog App for the iPad. It contains both topical articles as well as a product library. Delta Computer Systems is expanding its work space to accommodate new personnel and expanded training and test labs.

New Products
New products this month revolve around an updated controller portfolio for the process industries, a diagnostics tool that understands PROFIBUS PA, and switches with security for automation networks.

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