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PROFIBUS PA Redundancy

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Redundancy is not covered by the PROFIBUS PA specification, but vendors have jumped in with their own solutions. There are several choices including these two from PI North America members: 1. MooreHawk provided a nice video showing how their solution… Read more »



3 Questions to Ask Your PROFINET Supplier

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1. Is your product certified? Certification is required, but some vendors try to slip through without doing the right thing. The profibus.com Product Finder shows you which products are certified, but not every vendor includes that information there. If the… Read more »


General Assembly Meeting Wrap-Up 2

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Industrial Internet of Things (cont’d) I’ve been asked to give a little background on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) covered in the first GAM 14 post. In general, the Internet of Things refers to the collection of smart objects… Read more »


General Assembly Meeting Wrap-Up

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2014 General Assembly Meeting Wrap-Up Being our 20th anniversary, we set out to make this year’s Meeting a bit of a special event. From the Tuesday evening reception to the Wednesday evening boat-cruise-networking-event to the discussions during the day, all… Read more »


Is PROFINET Product Certification Required?

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In the PROFINET group on LinkedIn the question was raised: “Is PROFINET certification mandatory for a weight indicator with PROFINET IO fieldbus?” Dennis van Booma answered quickly and succinctly: “Yes, PROFINET IO devices have to be certified.” Someone else jumped… Read more »


How to Explain PROFINET to Your Mom

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You’re at a party and someone asks you what you do. I actually used to fear the question, but now I have a stock answer: “I evangelize an industrial automation communication technology.” Eyes immediately glaze over; then we can talk… Read more »



8 Go-To Resources for PROFINET

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1. Marketing Flyer: PROFINET. A brief, high-level overview of PROFINET. Yes it has “marketing” in the title, so you can skip this one if you want to. 2. System Description: PROFINET Technology and Application. Twenty eight pages of detailed introduction… Read more »