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PROFINET Connector Installation

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PROFINET can be really exciting.  Field installing Ethernet connectors – not so much.  But you have to do it because you have to plug it in.  Here’s how: –Carl Henning

It Works Better If You Plug It In

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This is a guest post from Volker Goller, European Manager, Real-Time Ethernet Solutions for PI North America member Innovasic. Many years ago I had the pleasure to work with a British engineer. He loved to add some sentence of wisdom… Read more »

Catching the Process Fieldbus 2nd edition

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The second edition of this classic work adds valuable information about PROFINET’s role in process automation, supplementing the widely-used PROFIBUS protocol.  With some theory and a lot of practical experience presented, this book is THE place to start learning about… Read more »

What’s Your Name?

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What’s the MAC address of the device you are viewing this from?  The IP Address?  What’s your name?  (My device is called “Carl” since I’m the only Carl in the office.) Wouldn’t it be great if your automation devices had… Read more »

The Industrial Internet of Things Simplified

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I wanted to define IIoT briefly without using phrases like “cyber-physical systems.”  Here’s a start: Industrial Robust Internet Communication of of Things Automation Devices Industrial: Robust, rugged, and other words indicating the kind of quality those of us in industrial… Read more »

PROFINET and IIoT in the News

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There was a time when I was an engineer who engineered. Now I’m an engineer who writes (and edits and teaches).  I edit PROFINEWS and write some articles along with Michael Bowne.  And write for the blog.  And write less… Read more »

More PROFINET and PROFIBUS Statistics and News

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One of the great values at the annual international PI meeting was hearing from the other Regional PI Associations (RPAs).  This year we had presentations from: Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Middle East, Netherlands, and North America.  Their highlights:… Read more »

Why Use a Fieldbus?

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There are two main reasons to use a fieldbus or Industrial Ethernet like PROFIBUS or PROFINET: Save wiring. Prevent downtime. Most users think about saving wiring as the most important reason.  Not just wiring, of course.  When you reduce the… Read more »