Hanover2011

May 23

Hanover Fair 2011 Summary

Finally finished all the Hanover Fair blog posts: Hanover Fair 2011 Part 1: First Impressions Hanover Fair 2011 Part 2: PI Booth Hanover Fair 2011 Part 3: PROFIenergy Hanover Fair 2011 Part 4: PI North America Member Products Hanover Fair 2011 Part 5: IO-Link Hanover Fair 2011 Part 6: The Lighter Side Other reports: Jörg…

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May 20

Hanover Fair 2011 Part 6: The Lighter Side

What do these have in common: chocolate rabbits, ceramic “iPods”, logoed hard-boiled eggs, happy hour, a band, and stuffed animals (including one “driving” an AGV)?  They were all in the PI booth! Hanover Fair is not all about the technology and drinking beer; there’s a lighter side, too. At the PI booth we were giving…

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May 18

Hanover Fair 2011 Part 5: IO-Link

IO-Link was once again displayed in many locations, including the PI booth.  I especially liked this pictorial explanation of the benefits of IO-Link: [click for larger image] The benefits can be summarized as “You don’t have to manually go to each device to configure it, re-configure it, or extract asset management information from it.”  In…

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May 13

Hanover Fair 2011 Part 4: PI North America Member Products

Quite a few PI North America members had products in the PI booth.  Some were on the PROFINET walls, like the Innovasic development kit: Some had larger displays in the PI booth like Harting and Molex.  Here’s the Molex stack running on an iPad: Some had PROFINET products in their own booths like Phoenix Contact. …

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May 5

Hanover Fair 2011 Part 3: PROFIenergy

Energy savings was ubiquitous at Hanover Fair this year.  In keeping with this theme, PI presented PROFIenergy.  We presented a PROFIenergy wall with background information about PROFIenergy and an interactive product display: For a video introduction to PROFIenergy, see this video that Automation World shot in the booth. PROFIenergy products are available from multiple vendors;…

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May 3

Hanover Fair 2011 Part 2: PI Booth

PI invited some friends over to share the booth, forum, and catering area. In addition to PI’s large area, FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, and HART Communication Foundation were also in our “Fieldbus Communication Lounge.” PI has instigated cooperative efforts with all three groups to ease user interaction in wireless and in asset management infrastructure (FDT/EDDL/FDI).…

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Apr 14

Hanover Fair 2011 Part 1: First Impressions

Busy.  Hanover Fair seemed busier than earlier years and probably much busier than last year (which I missed due to the volcano… as did many others).  The aisles were more crowded, the booths busier, the forum presentations better attended, the booth parties busier, and the conversations more frequent than in the past. Here is an…

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