The Importance of Open Standards
As the data from factories scales exponentially, the ability to access that data transparently becomes critical. If we want the Industrial Internet of Things to truly be a game changer for the manufacturing industry, open standards will be a major enabler of that transformation.
Six Steps to IIoT
A recent magazine article outlined six steps to take to implement the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It was mostly political – form a team, get buy-in from a C-level executive, etc. The political approach may be valuable, but for engineers the steps are different. So here are the six technical steps to the IIoT.
IO-Link Community Japan
IO-Link Community Japan leader, Mr. Shinichi Motoyosh, announced the start of the IO-Link Community Japan in April 2017 to promote the industrial digital communication technology, IO-Link.
IO Link: Did You Know
Did you know that new options for diagnostics are available? IO-Link now makes it possible to transfer larger data volumes.
PROFINET Conference in Denmark
PI Denmark conducted a special conference on May 18, 2017 with PI Chairman Karsten Schneider as key speaker on the subject “PROFINET and IO-Link – Communication Technology for Industrie 4.0.”
New Dairy in Silkeborg – But without Milk
Instead of milk, the small dairy simply processes water. The finished product is not going to be used for anything at all, but will just go down the drain once it has been through the process. And what is the point of that? Well, whether the dairy processes water or milk, the process is exactly the same, and this dairy has been established solely for the purpose of training the company’s customers, so it is actually quite logical.
IO-Link Sensors in Tire Manufacturing
Tire manufacturing machinery in general, and tire curing presses in particular, incorporate numerous sensors and indicators that contribute to machine efficiency. Overwhelmingly, sensors that provide an analog, 4-20 mA signal are used. But there’s a better alternative to typical analog feedback: IO-Link.
Tech Tip: Designing for Available Bandwidth
A frequently expressed concern of PROFINET users is bandwidth. Is there enough? How can I be sure? This is a legitimate concern, prompting a reminder that there’s never a substitute for doing the engineering. Architect the system with bandwidth usage in mind.
Training and Events – June 2017
PI Middle East has just completed a series of PROFIBUS and PROFINET certification training classes throughout the Middle East with a class on Food and Bev scheduled for September. PI UK has free PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and IO-Link classes scheduled for the fall. PI North America continues its free PROFINET one-day training classes with a total of 17 to be completed in 2017. PI has scheduled a PROFIsafe Certified Designer Training for October 10 – 12, 2017.
Product News – June 2017
Moxa launches smart switches in a compact size with intuitive configuration. Siemens extends its line of IO-Link RFID Readers. Phoenix Contact adds new versions of its managed switches.