Michael Bowne

Nov 23

What Standardization Means for the Future of omlox

You’ve probably heard of omlox at this point. If not, here’s an overview: omlox The point is: what’s exciting about this technology today? What’s fundamentally different about omlox -apart from the technology itself is the fact that it’s a standard. “Wow, a standards organization that’s excited about standards, real original”, you might be thinking with…

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Oct 18

PROFINET & Advanced Physical Layer [APL]

“What is the Advanced Physical Layer / APL?” … is a question getting a lot of attention. As of today you cannot land a standard PROFINET cable directly on an instrument that is located in a hazardous environment, where a spark might cause an explosion. (Well, technically, you can do it once. Just once… Kaboom!)…

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Jul 23


It’s worth spending a minute looking again at the relationship between OPC and PROFINET. Both technologies have been around for a long time, so it’s interesting that only now are we really starting to see their complementary nature get enhanced. Boy, things do move slowly in this industry. Here’s an update on where we stand….

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May 7

“Why do I care about TSN?!?!”

“Why do I care about TSN?” is a question we receive all of the time. The answer is subtle and related to the future of networking.

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Sep 27

2017 New PROFIBUS / PROFINET Products

Since the beginning of 2017 there have been 80+ new products announced with either a PROFIBUS, PROFINET, or IO-Link interface at profinews.com. That’s the result of a quick count I did by counting all of New Product announcements this year: http://profinews.com/category/product-news/ 80+ New Products This Year at PROFINEWS How many others? And that’s just the…

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May 10

Hannover Messe Report: Ease of Use

If there was one big blinking neon light not to be missed from Hannover Messe this year it was: OPC UA. Like Karsten mentioned in PROFINEWS, it was everywhere -that and TSN. But what is the subtext to be gleaned behind these technologies? -EASE OF USE- This is the holy-grail for all manufacturers, and is…

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Dec 8

SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 – Impressions

This year’s SPS/IPC/Drives, in my humble opinion, was one of the most exciting ever. With so many important announcements going on, it seemed like a non-stop barrage of news. First was the announcement about cooperation with CC-Link IE. This cooperation is singularly about the end-users, and making their lives easier. By specifying a “coupler” to connect machines,…

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Dec 3

SPS/IPC/Drives 2015: the members

There were quite a few PI North America members that had tables at the booth this year at SPS 2015. Here’s a list that sponsored tables: Molex Advantech Innovasic Phoenix Contact Siemens Belden Harting Procentec Murrelektronik Hilscher Mitsubishi ProSoft Comtrol This is by no means an exhaustive list of those that supported the booth, only…

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Dec 2

SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 – the PI booth

This year’s theme: PROFINET – The Backbone of Industrie 4.0 See below for a collection of photos from the PI booth at SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany. After moving to Hall 2 last year, again the booth was located in Hall 2. The difference was, foot traffic was much greater than in 2014. Maybe people finally…

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Aug 18

IoT vs. IIoT

IIot is not IoT. That much is clear. What isn’t clear is where the similarities and differences arise. Because while one is a Revolution, the other is an Evolution. The rest follows from there. The technologies behind the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have existed for many years. Features like remote access, machine-to-machine, cloud aren’t…

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