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The Next Chapter

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It’s time for Carl to retire; he hit 70 a couple months ago and as much fun as PI North America has been, it’s time to reluctantly move on. It’s been fun. So, it’s time for Carl to focus on… Read more »


PROFI Mnemonics

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I’m a big fan of mnemonics. A mnemonic, /nɛˈmɑːnɪk/ (the first “m” is silent) device, or memory device, is any learning technique that aids information retention in the human memory per Wikipedia. In school, you may have learned a mnemonic… Read more »


Where’s My GSD File?

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GSD files have been needed for a long time, first for PROFIBUS, and now for PROFINET. Our usual comparison is to printer drivers. A GSD file tells the software system what features, I/O, alarms, and diagnostic capabilities a device has…. Read more »


Secure Your Network!

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Your network is not secure! Whether you have all the security in place that’s possible or have not even thought about security – your network is not secure! Sadly, no network can be 100% secure. The best that you can… Read more »


Show Me the Money

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Show Me the Money, or justifying an Industrial Internet of Things project with PROFINET because we like the technology. Dilbert has been known to say, “We’re technology driven.”  But that does not resonate with the owners and their managers –… Read more »


Motor Diagnostics

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We often brag about PROFINET’s diagnostic capabilities and we brag about PROFINET’s role in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. PROFINET excels at device to controller communications. But not all communications needs to go to the controller… Read more »


Cloud versus Fog

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If the Jeopardy answer is “Cloud, Fog, or Edge,” the question is “Where all can you do analytics?” We rejoice in the PROFINET of Things with its Data Access, Uptime, and Openness, but the Industrial Internet of Things is really… Read more »


PROFINET Independence Day

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It’s Independence Day in the USA, the Fourth of July. PROFINET connection coming up, but first… “Independence Day” always reminds me of the movie (the original one, where a virus created on a Mac laptop can infect an alien operating… Read more »


We’re Number One

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PI does not get to say that PROFINET is the best Industrial Ethernet; the market gets to say that. Which is why I was amused to see a technology that’s in fifth place in the market tout why they’re better… Read more »


Digital Twins

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Along with Cyber-Physical Systems, Big Data, Cloud, Analytics, and other Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things buzzwords is the concept of Digital Twin. Maybe Digital Twin is from Industrie 4.0 and not IIoT? Here is a definition of Digital… Read more »