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Is That a Protocol?

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Are these protocols: RS-232, Ethernet, OPC UA, PROFINET, MQTT? What is a protocol, specifically a network protocol? Merriam Webster says “a set of conventions governing the treatment and especially the formatting of data in an electronic communications system <network protocols>”… Read more »


Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of PROFINET

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“Cloud” is one of the current automation buzzwords. It just means that the computer is not here. It’s in an offsite location administered and backed up by specialists. There’s nothing wrong with outsourcing. I outsource driving directions to Google Maps… Read more »


Analytics for Everyone

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To follow up on my recent PROFIblog post, Statistics or Engineering, ARC has published a report that obliquely substantiates my view: Siemens MindSphere: Analytics Paves the Way to Industrie 4.0. The relevant notion: “New analytics solutions like MindSphere help users… Read more »


Where PROFINET Has Boldly Gone

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September 8 marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s premiere. I admit that I am a complete fan, especially of ST:TOS (or, for the non-cognoscenti – Star Trek: The Original Series). Back then I was a fan of all things… Read more »


Statistics or Engineering

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The magic in the Industrie 4.0/Industrial Internet of Things meme is the analytics. Mining Big Data in the Cloud reveals where process improvements and cost savings can be found. The whole analytics thing is kind of murky (cloudy? FOG-gy?) for… Read more »



Back to School (for PROFINET)

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School kids have already gone back to school here or are about to. And PROFINET one-day training classes are about to resume after their summer hiatus. Over the next month we’ll be in Montreal, Boston, and Houston. Then four more… Read more »


PROFINET Plugfest Report

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Ok, I’ll admit it: I was a skeptic about the North American plugfest. Could we get enough devices and controllers? Could we pull together a plugfest having never done one in North America? I now know that the answers to… Read more »


PROFINET Network Security

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“Plausible deniability is not a security strategy.” This blog post is for users who have not taken any steps towards securing their networks. At some random time in the near future a hacker will shut down your machine, your line,… Read more »


The PROFINET Go App

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If I created a new app called PROFINET Go I’m pretty sure it would not be as popular as Pokémon Go. If you’re not familiar with Pokémon Go, first of all, where the heck have you been; second, here’s what… Read more »