Issue 146

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Network of the Future
As the popular saying goes, “paths are made by being walked.” In this sense, PROFINET has clearly shown that a technology can outgrow its expectations and blaze new trails as a pioneer. When an Ethernet-based communication system was first being considered 16 years ago, no-one had any idea that this technology would be a “door opener” to totally new areas of use, in this case, Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things applications.

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PI at SPS/IPC/Drives Show
PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link will be on display at the SPS/IPC/Drives Show in Nuremberg this month. Find the PI booth at the entrance to Hall 2 in stands 220 and 221. The 3,500 sq. ft. booth is themed “PROFINET – the Backbone for Industrie 4.0.”

How the Convergence of IT and OT Impacts Engineers
From the domain expertise required to filter the required data in the correct way to expanding automation and IT networking knowledge requirements, the Internet of Things is dramatically altering the duties and expectations for control engineers.

Ethernet Requirements in Process Automation
PROFIBUS PA cables can land in hazardous environments; Ethernet cables cannot –yet. However, PROFINET is still a great backbone in process applications for today and tomorrow.

Ethernet for Process Automation
At a joint symposium, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) and NAMUR e.V. discussed the use of Ethernet in the process industry. The goal of the event was to evaluate, coordinate and prioritize the requirements placed on an Ethernet communication system for process automation.

IO-Link Interoperability Workshop
The IO-Link Community met in Frankfurt, Germany for the 16th annual IO-Link Interoperability Workshop. 75 participants from 33 companies spent both days intensively putting their new IO-Link devices through their paces. The participant turnout also set a new record in the number of different countries from which attending companies originated.

IO-Link: Did You Know?
Did you know that IO-Link drastically reduces electrical installation costs?

For use as an installation system, IO-Link sensor hubs are available that condense up to 16 binary sensors with one switching output (or 8 sensors with two switching outputs) into a single serial IO-Link connection.

Regional News – November 2016
PI Brazil has had a full slate of meetings and activities including some featuring PI Chairman, Karsten Schneider. On November 9, PI Italy held their final PROFIBUS and PROFINET event of 2016 in the industrial district in southern Italy. PI Middle East is hosting another PROFIday featuring the food and beverage industry on November 15.

New Products – November 2016

  • Softing introduces a PROFIBUS DP master for Xilinx FPGAs
  • Hilscher announces a gateway to bridge Real Time Ethernet networks
  • Pepperl+Fuchs introduces device libraries into its SegmentChecker
  • Comtrol announces PROFINET certification for their IO-Link master
  • Siemens releases new power modules for their drives, plus upgraded connectivity for their reluctance motors
  • Molex introduces an IP67 PROFINET IO-Link master

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