Issue 131

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Mission Accomplished!
The past five years have been exciting for process automation. It was clear to everyone involved that a turning point was at hand. And, thus, with the development of FDI (Field Device Integration) technology, an important signal was sent.

FDI Primer
With the completion of its goals, the FDI organization is dissolving. But the technology is just beginning its solving of user and vendor requirements. FDI presents a common successor to FDT/DTM and EDDL. These two disparate approaches now give way to a single solution.

Network of the Future
Though there’s no way to tell exactly what the network of the future will look like under the effects of the Industrial Internet of Things, there are three universal network aspects worth focusing on to prepare yourself—and your network—for the future.

Tech Tip: What Is PROFINET DCP?
DCP is part of the PROFINET protocol suite and stands for “Discovery and Configuration Protocol”. It is used by the engineering tool and controller to discover devices, identify device information, and configure device settings such as PROFINET device name and IP address on a PROFINET network.

IO-Link: Did You Know?
Did you know that IO-Link has an incredible number of parameter assignment methods? This article takes a look at five different use cases for accessing IO-Link devices and how configuration settings can be transferred to them.

PROFINET in Process White Paper
This white paper reports – oriented to the timeline of the technology development – which functions and capabilities of PROFINET are currently meeting the demands of process automation and which can be implemented and then used in products in the future based on specifications that are complete or in progress.

Training and Events
There are three different training classes being offered specifically for PROFIsafe in October. All three take place in Germany with the first intended for end-users and machine builders and the remainder for device manufacturers. In North America, the second half of the year’s one-day training classes kicks off in Chicago on August 27.

PROFIBUS and PROFINET Success in Brazil
It has been a busy year for Associação Profibus Brasil thus far. PROFIBUS and PROFINET already enjoy wide adoption in Brazil and the Association has been there to support users with training and seminars. Through new events and meetings, the Association is expanding the already large PROFIBUS and PROFINET footprint in the country’s automation, process, and energy sectors.

Member News
We have four members’ updates this month: GE Intelligent Platforms customer gets easy upgrade to PROFINET. PI and PI North America member PROCENTEC announces the opening of a new office in Italy. Softing provides a white paper on Best Practice in PROFIBUS Network Diagnostics and a success story for PROFIBUS diagnostics. Industrie 4.0 and cyber-physical systems are the topics of a position paper from halstrup-walcher.

New Products
New products this month include protocol gateways from ProSoft, CNC controllers and switches from Siemens, connectors from Helmholz, RFID controllers from Balluff, and intrinsically safe IPCs from Nexcom.

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