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Aug 30

Statistics or Engineering

The magic in the Industrie 4.0/Industrial Internet of Things meme is the analytics. Mining Big Data in the Cloud reveals where process improvements and cost savings can be found. The whole analytics thing is kind of murky (cloudy? FOG-gy?) for me. I see where PROFINET is good at providing the data (raw data, data quality…

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Jul 26

The PROFINET Go App

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 it is in the rare event you’ve missed it: recycled pocket monsters (Pokémon) from the…

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Jun 28

The New PROFINEWS App

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 other venues; for example, the reports from trade shows gets more detail here. Formal news…

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May 31

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 in a drug store, great job for a high schooler, 75 cents an hour; and…

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Mar 15

Computer History

This post is mostly off the PROFINET and PROFIBUS topics, but there is plenty of engineering-related material here… Prior to the Silicon Valley PROFINET one-day training class, I had a chance to visit the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Following the recommended path through the museum takes you through the history of computing…

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Mar 8

A Social Media Milestone

I honestly don’t know how this happened.  But the PROFIblog started ten years ago… quite inauspiciously.  The first post said that we’re starting to blog.  And check back a couple times a week for updates.  Well, the couple times a week proved to be unsustainable.  In fact, there were times when posts were few and…

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Dec 22

How to Spend Your Christmas Vacation – The Sequel

Updated from last year with new and better “technical journals.” Whenever I think of spending some downtime without the daily pressures of work, I think of Star Trek, especially “The Trouble with Tribbles.” You remember the scene – Chief Engineer Scotty is confined to quarters after starting a bar room brawl with some Klingons. He…

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Aug 4

On the Road Again

With the arrival of August, the end of summer seems much closer.  For PI North America that means we’ll be back on the road teaching PROFINET one-day training classes again.  We have six to go: Chicago Tampa Louisville Detroit Raleigh Seattle Starting on August 27 in Chicago, we have a completely revamped curriculum.  Granted, the…

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Jan 27

PROFINET and PROFIBUS Are Social

PI North America uses social media, including The PROFIblog  Twitter: @AllThingsPROFI LinkedIn groups: PROFINET, PROFIBUS & PROFINET, PROFIbusters Facebook Profibus Profinet North America YouTube: MinutePROFINET, The PROFIblogger, and PROFI-TV You are probably using some of these also, and we hope to connect with you in one or more of these places. But we also like…

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Dec 22

How to Spend Your Christmas Vacation

Whenever I think of spending some downtime without the daily pressures of work, I think of Star Trek, especially “The Trouble with Tribbles.” You remember the scene – Chief Engineer Scotty is confined to quarters after starting a bar room brawl with some Klingons. He thanks the captain because now he can catch up on…

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