Issue154

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PI Helps Foster an Intelligent and Digitized Future
To conquer challenges faced in fulfilling the visions of “Industrie 4.0” and the “Industrial Internet of Things” and the “Made in China 2025” strategy, the whole world is vigorously advancing digitalized manufacturing.

Annual PI Meeting in Beijing
The 29th joint annual meeting for RPA (Regional PI Association) Chairmen, PI Competence Centers (PICCs), PI Training Centers (PITCs), and PI Test Labs (PITLs) was successfully convened by PI China on June 19-23 in Beijing, China.

PROFINET Help Is Near
Accredited PI Competence Centers (PICCs) provide high-quality support for PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies worldwide. In the past three months, three PICCs were established in South America, one in Turkey, one in Canada as well as yet another in Germany. And now: three more in China.

Small Steps to Digital Plant Success
When Fortescue designed and developed their Solomon Hub mine in the Hamersley Ranges, the scale of the project was impressive. At the time of their creation, the Firetail and Kings ore mines (together making up the Solomon Hub) created the world’s largest PROFINET network.

PROFINET Switches for Diagnostics
A leading manufacturer of filling, bottling, and packaging machines utilizes Ethernet switches and PROFINET technology to create an integrated industrial network for all of their machines.

PROFINET and TSN (Time Sensitive Networking)
If you think that TSN replaces PROFINET you’re forgetting that TSN is just part of Ethernet and Ethernet is not an end-to-end protocol. An application layer protocol like PROFINET is needed to complete the delivery of data.

Member News – July 2017
PI Members in the news this month include PROCENTEC and MESCO. PROCENTEC celebrated its twentieth birthday. MESCO reports on a successful technology day featuring PROFIsafe, and has also opened a US office in the Boston area.

Regional News – July 2017
News from around the world includes a new PI Competence Center and PI Training Center in Argentina, events in Brazil, and a Profibus & Profinet Day in Italy.

IO-Link Members Assembly
IO-Link grows and grows and grows – both the number of members and the number of installed nodes.

Reinhard Schlagenhaufer, Speaker of the Steering Committee of IO-Link, was delighted to be able to present the latest positive growth figures at the IO-Link Members Assembly.

Product News – July 2017
Nine new products are introduced this month for PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link: Banner IO-Link sensor, Helmholz PROFINET switches, Phoenix Contact signal conditioners and gateways, ProSoft Ethernet gateways, and three PROFIBUS PA products from Vivace.

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