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FDT vs. EDDL

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The raging controversy between FDT and EDDL continued at Hanover.  This is just silly. My advice to those who are so wrapped up in one that they can’t tolerate the other is this: get over it!  Neither is going away. … Read more »


IO-Link, HART for discrete?

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IO-Link is a point-to-point wiring system intended for smart sensors and actuators.  It communicates over the discrete device’s wires.  This reminds me of HART in the process space where communication is superimposed over the 4-20mA signal wires.  And similar to… Read more »


Are you going to Hanover Fair…

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Not Scarborough Fair… and no parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme.  Are You Going to Hanover Fair could have been the tune at Hanover Fair on Monday (with apologies to Simon and Garfunkel).  Monday attendance seemed off from prior years; one company… Read more »



Safety Has Evolved

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“Safety has evolved from being a cost burden and “necessary evil” to a strategy for improving productivity and reducing downtime.” –from the “The Business Case for Safety” section of the new ARC White Paper, PROFIsafe: Networked Safety for Process and… Read more »


Grand Ole PROFINET

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Live from the PROFINET one-day training event in Nashville – lunch is over and we are resuming with the PROFINET IO demo.  Good questions at this event and a blend of Control Engineers and IT.  I love to see that… Read more »


Somewhere over the Atlantic

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I’m relatively awake but not necessarily happy to be.  But while I am, I will compose some Hanover Fair news to post when I land. First, news about PROFIBUS and PROFINET.  A number of companies make development kits for device… Read more »


Stuck in the office

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Kind of a long stretch with no travel.  Today Mike and Mike are handling the PROFIBUS in the Process Industry one-day training event in San Juan.  Sure, I go to Canada for a week and the boss goes to Puerto… Read more »


Going back to Austin

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I didn’t realize how long it had been since I’d been here.  Bergstrom was an air base then and now it’s the Austin airport.  I guess my youngest graduated from UT longer ago that I realized. The training class was… Read more »


National Manufacturing Week Part 2

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I set most of today aside to visit the show before heading off to Austin for the PROFINET one-day training event there tomorrow.  But I saw all of the show I needed to during lunchtime yesterday.