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IoT AND IIoT

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I once tried to make the case that “IIoT is not IoT.”  And there certainly are differences as Michael pointed out in “IoT vs. IIoT.”  But I have finally accepted that IIoT is a subset of IoT even though our… Read more »


IoT vs. IIoT

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IIot is not IoT. That much is clear. What isn’t clear is where the similarities and differences arise. Because while one is a Revolution, the other is an Evolution. The rest follows from there.  


PI North America 10 Years Ago

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As we prepare for our 21st PI North America General Assembly Meeting, I decided it was time to take a look back – 10 years back.  The interval was not chosen randomly; I started with PI North America in February… Read more »


On the Road Again

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With the arrival of August, the end of summer seems much closer.  For PI North America that means we’ll be back on the road teaching PROFINET one-day training classes again.  We have six to go: Chicago Tampa Louisville Detroit Raleigh… Read more »


PROFINET Connector Installation

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PROFINET can be really exciting.  Field installing Ethernet connectors – not so much.  But you have to do it because you have to plug it in.  Here’s how: –Carl Henning


It Works Better If You Plug It In

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This is a guest post from Volker Goller, European Manager, Real-Time Ethernet Solutions for PI North America member Innovasic. Many years ago I had the pleasure to work with a British engineer. He loved to add some sentence of wisdom… Read more »


Catching the Process Fieldbus 2nd edition

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The second edition of this classic work adds valuable information about PROFINET’s role in process automation, supplementing the widely-used PROFIBUS protocol.  With some theory and a lot of practical experience presented, this book is THE place to start learning about… Read more »



What’s Your Name?

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What’s the MAC address of the device you are viewing this from?  The IP Address?  What’s your name?  (My device is called “Carl” since I’m the only Carl in the office.) Wouldn’t it be great if your automation devices had… Read more »


The Industrial Internet of Things Simplified

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I wanted to define IIoT briefly without using phrases like “cyber-physical systems.”  Here’s a start: Industrial Robust Internet Communication of of Things Automation Devices Industrial: Robust, rugged, and other words indicating the kind of quality those of us in industrial… Read more »