Issue 136

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Impressive Networking
For PI, the Industrial Internet of Things is a subset of Industrie 4.0. Karsten Schneider, Chairman of PI, explains how PROFINET (and PI) fit in Industrie 4.0. Openness, data speeds and volumes, and collaboration on standards secure PROFINET’s role.

PI North America 2015 into 2016
To understand our goals for 2016, it helps to look back on 2015, a year of milestones reached and surpassed. Some involved big numbers, like passing the 10 million node count for PROFINET. Others were more intangible, like our broad coverage in the trade press.

No-charge North American PROFINET Classes
“Lunch for 1,263 please!” In 2015, PI North America fed 1,263 students lunch at the 17 PROFINET one-day training classes. A similar crowd is expected in 2016. Industrie 4.0, Internet of Things, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are everywhere now, including these PROFINET classes.

Certified Network Engineer and Developer Classes
Often students at the PROFINET one-day training classes wish for a hands-on experience. Given the class sizes, this is not practical. For such depth, PI offers Certified Network Engineer classes and customized Developer classes (new!) offered by the PIC.

Intro to PROFINET of Things and IIoT
Where does the Industrial Internet of Things and PROFINET fit in a control engineer’s world? At the level of the control network, IIoT is a new name for where automation was headed anyway! What is new is the use of the data produced by the control system to improve the overall process.

IO-Link: Did You Know?
Did you know that IO-Link is backward compatible with binary sensors?  The point-to-point connections familiar at the lower field level were simply taken over in IO-Link, complete with the standard cabling.

Tech Tip: Troubleshooting PROFIBUS PA Networks
A ten-year old white paper entitled A Guide to Troubleshooting PROFIBUS PA Networks is the most downloaded document. In the guide, author James Powell promotes a systematic approach that makes network set-up and trouble-shooting easy.

Member News
PROFINET stalwart Phoenix Contact’s Middletown, Pa., plant was named Plant Engineering magazine’s Top Plant of 2015. HARTING announces “The HARTING Knowledge Center” app, a content hub of all of HARTING’s educational materials, including white papers, FAQs, videos, brochures, and more.

Regional News
Why have an entire section of PROFINEWS dedicated to Regional News? It matters for three reasons.

  1. It shows the strength of the PI organization on a global scale.
  2. If you are a device vendor, it encourages you to explore other such markets with the expectation of local support
  3. As an end-user, it assures that if you start operations in another country there are already experts in place.

Product News
There are two new gateways to announce this month: a PROFIBUS to Modbus gateway from Moxa, and one for PROFINET to PROFIBUS PA from Softing. Also, Siemens announces an RFID system with IO-Link connectivity, and Acromag announces new I/O.

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