Issue 143

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FDI – Ready to Use
By accomplishing the development of FDI (Field Device Integration) technology PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) and its partner organizations have passed an extraordinary milestone.

Join Thousands of Mobile App Users!
To those of you reading this on the PROFINEWS App on your mobile device: Thanks!

To the rest of you: Download it today!

After releasing Version 2 of our mobile App last month, users have been downloading it at a steady clip.

Asset Management to the Last Device
The cutting edge thought process in manufacturing today is to use the automation network for more than just automation. That could mean using it for safety, energy management, embedded web servers or asset management.

Asset management may be considered “old hat” in the manufacturing space, but under the influence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), new life is being breathed into the topic.

The PROFINET Go App and Other Blog Posts
The PROFIblog is one of the many social media venues available to followers of PROFINET and PROFIBUS. Here’s a roundup of recent blog posts that are typically are published every Tuesday morning. It was inevitable that Pokémon Go would inspire the PROFINET Go App.

PROFIBUS PA Sentiments (Part 2)
In this article PROFIBUS veteran Dennis van Booma continues to shed some light on questions that some novice PROFIBUS PA users have asked recently. There are specialists all over the world who are ready to kick-off their first implementation of PROFIBUS PA.

IO-Link, Industrie 4.0, and Industrial Internet of Things
IO-Link is certainly one of the shooting stars of automation technology. In recent years, the vendor-neutral plug-in connection has established itself in many applications due to its simplicity, ruggedness, and low cost. But there’s more to IO-Link. For one thing, IO-Link is an enabler for innovative sensors. For another thing, IO-Link ensures the data availability demanded by Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things.

Training and Events – August 2016
Certified Engineers and Installers meet a global standard of excellence and are listed on the PI website. Learn more about certification classes and become acquainted with the other types of training offered. A live webinar is scheduled for August 30, “Introduction to PROFINET.”

Regional News – August 2016
This month, read up on PROFINET Road Shows occurring in Brazil, Technology Awareness Seminars taking place across South East Asia, and PROFIBUS Troubleshooting and Maintenance classes being taught in the Middle East. Is there an event in your area that might be worth attending?

PROFINET of Things – Explained
By providing deterministic control, data access, and uptime in an open platform, PROFINET is foundational to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. What is the relationship between the Industrial Internet of Things, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Industrie 4.0?

New Products – August 2016
New products this month include:

  • A PROFINET to CANopen gateway from Helmholz
  • A modular I/O system and PROFIBUS active termination resistor from Phoenix Contact
  • Enhanced software capability from Pepperl+Fuchs

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