Issue 132

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Functional Safety Progress
It is great pleasure for me to give you the PROFIsafe Technology updates and its strong position in the market after the first introduction around 15 years ago. Functional safety gets more attention and provides the feasibility to implement safety in machines and at plants. With more than 4 million installed nodes PROFIsafe technology has established itself in the leading position in the network safety market.

Taking Responsibility for Safety and Security
The term ‘security’ alone causes a media storm – one glance at newspapers and online news sites is all it takes and everyone is in the thick of the discussion around cyber security. Automation and communication technology are not spared from this. Also new to the discussion is that the areas of safety and security are moving closer together.

Wireless Safety along the Ride Flight Path with PROFIsafe
Flying machines built according to plans devised by Leonardo da Vinci centuries ago are one of the latest attractions in Germany’s largest amusement park, Europa-Park. Wireless fail-safe technology and PROFINET communication provide the required safety. Da Vinci would be impressed!

Easy PROFIsafe integration for Fortress Interlocks
UK-based Fortress Interlocks manufactures premium safety interlock systems for industrial applications. These PROFIsafe enabled interlocks are used to help prevent a machine from harming its operator or damaging itself.

Success, to be continued
Windows 95 was just released and DVD’s were announced as a new groundbreaking storage media, and the PIC – PROFIBUS Interface Center – was founded in Johnson City, TN. That was 1995. Now, 20 years later, we’re still alive and kicking and busy as always.

We often get the question: Why doesn’t PROFINET use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for IP address assignment?

Answer: DHCP could be used, optionally, but there are some differences you should know between DHCP and PROFINET DCP.

PROFINET – Backbone of IIoT and Industry 4.0
In August 2015, Rafael Koenig, Chairman of Profibus Australia, presented at the Future Networks Forum about Profinet’s role in Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things.

IO-Link: Did You Know?
Did you know that IO-Link protects against incorrect device replacement? Developed as an interface “by practitioners for practitioners”, it has a variety of integrated options to maximize the ease and reliability of device replacement.

Regional Events and Training

  • Two PROFIsafe courses in Karlsruhe
  • In Italy, a PROFIBUS & PROFINET Day and an IO-Link Workshop
  • An IO-Link Workshop in Minnesota, USA
  • Two ABB PROFIBUS trainings in Germany
  • PI Middle East held its first PROFIday

New Products
New products this month include: PROFINET connectivity for Banner Engineering vision systems and Murrelektronik safety I/O, conformity for HARTING Ethernet connectors, and a new Phoenix Contact PROFIBUS DP to PA coupler.

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