Michael Bowne

Jun 24

PROFIBUS PA – a Proven Technology

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Fieldbus systems have a proven track record that goes back to the early 1990’s, and PROFIBUS has been at the forefront. These systems are deployed throughout the industrial automation landscape in the automotive, machinery manufacturing,…

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Apr 30

Why use an IP-Address?

Did you catch the new White Paper we posted? If not, here it is: PROFINET for network geeks (and those who want to be). Done yet? TL;DR (it’s only four pages!): The White Paper discusses the seven-layer ISO/OSI Reference Model, as well as how in the Ethernet world, these seven layers collapse down into four. It…

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Oct 29

PROFINET Does That: An Engineering Thought Process – Part 2

This is Part 2 in a two part series helping to convey what we really mean by “PROFINET Does That”. The engineering thought process of our fictional Senior Advanced Manufacturing Engineer is our guide. In Part 1 we left off with him realizing that: the multi-vendor approach of PROFINET means he has a choice in…

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Oct 22

PROFINET Does That: An Engineering Thought Process – Part 1

The theme for our General Assembly Meeting this year was “PROFINET Does That”. It has actually been a theme the entire year. If we had to read between the lines however and find the subtext of the meeting it would be that there are many manufacturers out there looking to upgrade their aging automation systems….

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Aug 20

PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Oil and Gas

Discrete manufacturing is not the only sector where PROFIBUS and PROFINET have found widespread acceptance as automation backbones. While currently undergoing rapid growth, the Oil and Gas market is one where the use of PROFIBUS has a long history and is well known. It is found in all phases of the petroleum industry. In upstream…

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Jun 25

Tech Tuesday

[one_half]”PROFINET in the Automotive Industry” was the title for the latest installment of Phoenix Contact’s Tech Tuesday events. Held June 18th at their new offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 30 attendees learned about using PROFINET and featured a variety of speakers. The audience featured a range of end-users (General Motors) integrators/distributors, and OEMs (Fanuc Robotics)….

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Jun 18

PROFIBUS One-Day Training Class – What happens?

Inspired by a post last month about what happens in the free PROFINET One-Day Training Class, here is an accompanying summary of the PROFIBUS version. Similarly, the class commences promptly at 8:30am. For me, however, the day starts a couple hours earlier. There are a lot of things to prepare: ensuring the continental breakfast is…

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Mar 26

Manufacturing in America

Manufacturing in America That was the title for last week’s symposium sponsored by Siemens that was accompanied by the following tagline: Community. Collaboration. Innovation. The symposium revolved around a series of talks from End-Users, OEMs, and other industry experts. There was a strong focus on the automotive industry, due in part to its high level…

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Mar 6

White Paper Roundup

There has been a flurry of activity with respect to White Papers being written about PROFIBUS and PROFINET. What’s unique about these however, is that they are not being written by us here at PI, but rather member organizations. I thought I’d take the time to quickly grab a few of the latest ones and…

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