Issue 155

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A Major Change in Communication for the Process Industry
There is a big shift coming to the Process Control industry. Do you know what technologies are driving this disruption? It’s time to familiarize yourself.

PROFINET in Process Automation – The Specifics
Specifically, how do we expect PROFINET to be the enabler for Industrie 4.0 in the Process Industry? What is the strategy for transitioning your networks to PROFINET in the future?

New Products – August 2017
There are lots new products to announce this month from: Belden, BEx-Solution, Laumas, Phoenix Contact, SICK, Tolomatic, and Vivace. Find what you need!

Regional News – August 2017
In Bangkok, a PI seminar drew big crowds, next up is Vietnam. In the USA, there is a series of workshops to “add PROFINET to your device in three hours” coming up in October. Australia looks back on their 2016 Automation Innovation Summit.

Making a “case” for IO-Link [App Story]
Edson Packaging Machinery had a problem. How should they expand the RFID capabilities of their case packers for their new customers? IO-Link provided the perfect solution, and a whole lot more.

The PROFINET Community Comes Together for Testing
Rigorous testing and certification ensures PROFINET devices ‘just work’ on the plant floor. Why then hold Plugfests? Because they allow device manufacturers to test PROFINET ‘systems’ as a whole.

IODDfinder Contains Nearly all IO-Link Devices
How easy is it for you to find that IO-Link IODD file you’re looking for? Well, in just six months after its introduction, more than 80% of all IO-Link devices on the market can be found in the IODDfinder, the central database for IODDs.

Flexible Muffler Production with IO-Link [App Story]
Data access all the way down to the sensor level was of paramount importance to a manufacturer of mufflers for buses and large trucks in Turkey. With IO-Link gateways and hubs, multiple sensors can be linked up to controllers transparently and with minimal wiring.

Test your Knowledge: Ethernet Quiz
How well do you know PROFINET? For that matter, how well do you know Ethernet? Since PROFINET uses standard unmodified Ethernet, it’s time to make sure you’ve got your facts straight.

PROFINET and HMIs [Tech Tip]
There can be confusion when engineers begin to use Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) and PROFINET. Read this Tech Tip to educate yourself!

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