SPS Show Report 2010, Around the Show

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Before I had time to leave the PI booth, at the Phoenix Contact station I was handed a Tiger chip.  Except they’re not calling it “Tiger” anymore; it’s just called TPS-1.  This ASIC is intended for simple PROFINET IO devices.  Right next to their station was the Innovasic station.  Keith Prettyjohns introduces their solution in this video:

I walked across the aisle to the HMS Industrial Networks booth.  They are well known for their Anybus brand of connectivity products.  Michael Volz showed their PROFINET module that has been updated to include PROFIenergy:

When I got the chance to wander into the adjacent hall on the last day, I found some interesting displays.  WAGO was showing their PROFIsafe products and how they leverage the iPar server.  (See my iPar server blog post for an explanation.)

WAGO

In the Trebing + Himstedt booth they were showing their network diagnostic tool that spans PROFIBUS and PROFINET.  Since many real world installations use both PROFIBUS and PROFINET, this will prove valuable.  They have created an introductory video here.  You can get a closer look next year at our 2011 one-day training classes where they will be exhibiting.

The Balluff booth was a treasure trove of IO-Link products.  Here is a wall of IO-Link products shown connected to PROFIBUS and PROFINET and other fieldbuses (IO-Link is fieldbus-neutral):

Balluff IO-Link Wall

Two clever IO-Link products:

Balluff_Analog450

Analog IO-Link modules that plug into a standard IO-Link port and allow Analog in and Analog out signals to be connected

Balluff_Valve450

What if you could attach an IO-Link module to a valve cluster and save lots of individual wiring? You can!

Balluff_Valve450.jpg

This short video starts a bit off-topic, but does show IO-Link:

–Carl Henning

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