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Industrie 4.0 Revisited

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Having returned from Hannover Fair where everything was Industrie 4.0, it’s time to revisit what Industrie 4.0 is and where the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things, and PROFINET fit. In words: PROFINET provides data in the Industrial… Read more »


Hannover 2016: News Summary

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Here is a summary of Hannover Fair news: PROFIblog. The past six posts present my first-person view of the fair. PROFINEWS. You will find a more formal PROFI-centric report in the May PROFINEWS, the second through fourth articles. Phoenix Contact…. Read more »


Hannover 2016: Member News

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Visiting PI North America members uncovered some unique products. Here they are in the order I stumbled upon them: HMS. In the OPC Foundation booth, our old friend Michael Volz showed me an HMS module that moves PROFINET data to… Read more »


Hannover 2016: The Forum, Part 2

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The second session I attended in the Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet forum was by Armin Pühringer of Hilscher. I was attracted by the title, “From Sensor to Cloud – Device Integration and IT Infrastructure.” Knowing that Hilscher has… Read more »


Hannover 2016: The Forum

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The forum, Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet, ran frequent sessions throughout the week. I attended a couple of them: the opening panel and “From sensor to cloud – device integration and IT infrastructure.” The opening forum featured an introduction… Read more »


Hannover 2016: The PI Booth

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The PI booth was once again the hub of PROFINET and PROFIBUS activity under the banner of “Backbone of Industrie 4.0.” Featured walls included PROFINET, process, PROFIsafe, IO-Link, and vision. The PI Lounge provided a venue for networking and refreshment…. Read more »


Hannover 2016: The Show

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Events surrounding the show were tough this year between track maintenance on the main line, a transit strike in Hannover, and the security surrounding President Obama’s visit. Despite all that, the show itself was a success. By the numbers: 190,000… Read more »


Hannover 2016: PROFI Growth

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I’m just back from Hannover Fair, reflecting on the news therefrom.  In passing (literally), it was President Obama’s walk-by.  For us automation types though it was the continuing growth of all things PROFI. The independent auditor’s count of nodes installed… Read more »


Do the Engineering

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I realized I had a pet phrase to go with my pet peeves: “There’s never a substitute for doing the engineering.”  I realized it was a pet phrase when Gary Mintchell noticed I said it in a comment to his… Read more »