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Choose the Network First

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In the Atlanta PROFINET one-day training class, someone was asking about using PROFINET with a controller that does not natively support it.  The unusual part of this is that only one controller maker does not support PROFINET natively (you have… Read more »



PROFINET, THE Open Standard for IIoT Data

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Discussions about the Industrial Internet of Things focus on Big Data, the Cloud, and Analytics.  They ignore the fact that all of it starts with data. Discussions about the Industrial Internet of Things cite the need for open standards, often… Read more »


IIoT is not IoT

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I don’t like the Internet of Things!*  In our world, the things are different – very different.  In the Internet of Things, “things” are toasters, coffee pots, and refrigerators.  In the Industrial Internet of Things, “things” are machines, IO, and… Read more »


PROFINET vs EtherNet/IP

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First, a disclaimer, and no surprise: I may be slightly biased in favor of PROFINET. That said, I believe the following facts to be actual facts. While this post could expand to thousands of words, this will be the Readers… Read more »


For Industrial Internet of Things Success – Standardize

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Organizations create standards; users pick the winners. There are indeed many standards that can claim to support the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  Let’s consider standards in two areas: devices to controllers and controllers to computing systems.  Now computing systems… Read more »


Feed Me… PROFINET Data

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Audrey II in The Little Shop of Horrors demanded “Feed me!”  Analytics systems today also need fed, but they need to be fed data.  Enter PROFINET.  As part of the Industrial Internet, PROFINET feeds data into controllers which in turn… Read more »


A Beginner’s Guide to PROFINET

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What is PROFINET? PROFINET is an industrial communication network designed for robust, deterministic data transmission in the harsh conditions of factory and process environments. It is built on Industrial Ethernet which is built on Ethernet. Ethernet is a network –… Read more »


PROFINET and PROFIBUS Are Social

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PI North America uses social media, including The PROFIblog  Twitter: @AllThingsPROFI LinkedIn groups: PROFINET, PROFIBUS & PROFINET, PROFIbusters Facebook Profibus Profinet North America YouTube: MinutePROFINET, The PROFIblogger, and PROFI-TV You are probably using some of these also, and we hope… Read more »