PROFIBUS

Jul 15

PROFIBUS PA – for Stable Process Control

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Infrastructure which delivers overall stability is indispensable in the process industry, and PROFIBUS offers this level of stability for data communications in the field and at the control station. The performance features of PROFIBUS PA,…

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Jul 8

PROFIBUS PA – Device Management Made Easy

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Having more information about system assets is generally an advantage assuming that the information is accurate and consistent. To provide access to more information, a few things have to be put in place at the…

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Jul 1

PROFIBUS PA – Diagnostics Made Easy

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Fieldbus communication has brought about a paradigm shift in automation technology. Communication used to be one-way and each line carried only a single analog signal. Fieldbus communication uses digital technology and it is bi-directional. As…

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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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Sep 24

Multipoint Grounding

Multipoint grounding – a post in which I draw a target on myself. I’ve been involved in some really contentious arguments on the topic. I wish I could say they were discussions, but the religious fervor of some single-point grounding advocates precludes that. I’ve had some constructive conversations on this topic in some of our…

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Sep 17

The Office and the Factory Are Exactly… Different

The office and the factory are especially different when it comes to networking. For IT folks who are used to the office environment, the factory is a shock. They have to leave the comfort of carpet for the factory’s comfort of concrete. The office provides a conditioned atmosphere; the factory – not so much: temperature…

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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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Aug 13

Profibus PA – The times, they are a-changin’

[A guest post from James Powell, author of Catching the Process Fieldbus, reviewed here.] “The times, they are a-changin’”.  Bob Dylan wrote these words decades ago (and about a very different topic!), but when I look at the Profibus PA market today, this song immediately pops into my head. Last year at this time, there…

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Jul 9

Where are PROFINET and PROFIBUS?

Where are PROFINET and PROFIBUS?  Besides in a lot of plants around the world, they’re in a lot of websites around the Internet.  But where are they?  With specific questions, which sites are best?  I’m glad you asked, because here are the answers: Starting point: us.profinet.com with news, documentation, webinars, training schedules, this blog, and…

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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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