Issue 141

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PI Australia hosts Global Meeting
Australia is at the back-end of a 20 year resources boom and transitioning away from a mining investment-based economy. Efficiency and productivity are essential to keep Australia competitive and the event contrasted global developments with our local needs. Our technologies are at the innovative forefront of IIoT and Industrie 4.0 and it was our ambition to start the dialogue between the major stakeholders to work towards an innovative mindset in our industry.

Forum and Automation Innovation Summit
Attendees of the 2016 PROFIBUS and PROFINET Global Forum and the Automation Innovation Summit were inspired by an international roster of experts, learned about the role of Industrial Networks and innovation in their organizations, and gained new insight into the urgency of using automation to improve productivity.

PI Annual Meeting News
PI Regional PI Associations (RPAs) from around the world gathered for their annual meeting in Sydney Australia and stayed to support PI Australia’s PROFIBUS & PROFINET Global Forum and Automation Innovation Summit.

Four Tips to Extend the Life of Your PROFIBUS Installation
During the last few years, industrial communication systems based on Ethernet (PROFINET mainly) have spread immensely. Transitions toward innovative technologies require huge investments: purchase of new field devices, new cabling and higher-performance processors. For many companies, the investment in new protocols is not a real necessity and can be postponed by investing in the existing plant. Here are four tips to extend the life of an existing PROFIBUS network.

PROFIBUS Early Warning System
Even modern fieldbuses like PROFIBUS are unable to maintain their perfect post-installation condition indefinitely. Some “aging” is inevitable and this could eventually lead to bus faults and costly production losses. These problems can be avoided by continuously monitoring the PROFIBUS networks. The Softing solution deployed at the Aschaffenburg paper mill delivers benefits that receive the “thumbs up” from its staff.

Training – Focus on PROFIsafe
PROFIsafe is growing rapidly and PI is providing multiple classes to educate users, machine builders, and device makers in the benefits of this technology. Educational opportunities range from webinars to certification classes. Two PROFIsafe-specific classes are scheduled in Germany with the certification class offered only in English.

IO-Link: Did You Know
Did you know that IO-Link is superseding the nameplate?

Every IO-Link device contains all of the relevant details about the device. Not only are the item number, date of manufacture, and firmware or hardware edition stored but it is also possible with device profiles to distinguish the equipment type, e.g. whether it is a pressure switch or a proximity switch.

Member News

  • Beamex has scheduled two calibration-focused events for the process industry
  • HARTING’s new product won the HERMES AWARD at Hannover Fair
  • Indu-Sol presents an appraisal of the status of industrial networks

Product News

  • Molex has introduced SST modules to connect CompactLogix controllers to PROFIBUS.
  • Janitza electronics has announced a PROFIenergy-capable current-measuring device (shown).
  • The Wieland Electric samos PRO COMPACT gateway now includes PROFINET and PROFIBUS.

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