The PROFIdrive application profile provides the foundation for almost every drive task in the field of industrial automation engineering. It defines the device behavior and the process for accessing drive data of electric drives on PROFIBUS and PROFINET and also optimally integrates the additional PROFIsafe and PROFIenergy profiles. This document describes all essential aspects of the PROFIdrive technology and reflects the level of technology available at the end of 2010. Its objective is to provide a comprehensive description of the drive profile of the PROFIBUS and PROFINET communication systems without entering into specific details.
PROFINET, the 'Industrial Ethernet' communication system based on standard Ethernet, combines with the PROFIdrive drive profile, which has already been used successfully with PROFIBUS for decades, to form the basis for an extremely high-performance and future-proof drive technology.