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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 »

PROFINET in Process

PROFIBUS PA is for process and PROFINET is for factory automation. That was true once. But not now. PROFINET is now often used in process plants as the main network backbone. And PROFIBUS PA is still used where no Industrial… Read more »


Plugfests are also called InterOps (for InterOperate). They allow devices from many vendors to be attached to networks of various controllers. We have an upcoming PROFINET Plugfest. But, wait, why is that necessary? All PROFINET products must be certified in… Read more »


I hope that the first place you come to for news of PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link is here on the PROFIblog. Because it is informal here, I can more quickly present information here. And sometimes in more detail than in… Read more »

Uptime with PROFINET

How much does downtime cost you in your plant? An automotive plant’s downtime could cost $10,000 per hour. Your mileage may vary, but there definitely is a cost for downtime at your plant. And you can’t be everywhere all the… Read more »

The Network is an Asset

I always think of PROFINET as facilitating Asset Management – conveying messages from assets (especially process devices) to warn of impending failure and allow proactive maintenance. Then at PI Australia’s PROFIBUS & PROFINET Global Forum and Automation Innovation Summit, one… Read more »

Five Decades in Automation

Five decades seems shorter than fifty years. It was 50 years ago in June that I started working in industry. It was my fourth job. (One through three were TV Guide route, the paper routes were all taken; stock clerk… Read more »

Do the Engineering

I realized I had a pet phrase to go with my pet peeves: “There’s never a substitute for doing the engineering.”  I realized it was a pet phrase when Gary Mintchell noticed I said it in a comment to his… Read more »