PROFINET and IIoT in the News

There was a time when I was an engineer who engineered. Now I’m an engineer who writes (and edits and teaches).  I edit PROFINEWS and write some articles along with Michael Bowne.  And write for the blog.  And write less than 140 characters at a time for twice-a-weekday Tweets.  But wait, there’s more: Here, with a roundup of recent articles related to PROFINET and, of course, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).


Standards and Protocols for the Industrial Internet of Things, Automation World magazine.

A look at how open data access protocols like Profinet can be used to provide data for Internet of Things deployments.  By Michael Bowne.


Industrial Internet of Things needs data, clouds, and analytics, Control Engineering magazine

Cover story: Without data there can be no big data, clouds, or analytics. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) differs from the Internet of Things (IoT); IIoT’s things make IoT’s things. Open standards are an important requirement for IIoT, and Ethernet and software standards are available to deliver data for control and information for decision making.  [Also in Plant Engineering magazine.]


The Industrial Internet of Things Is All About the Data, Automation World magazine.

A look at how the industrial application of the Internet of Things concept makes for a very different use of data than the consumer Internet of Things, and how Profinet sources the industrial data needed via an open standard.


The Internet of Things Inside Grain Operations Automation World magazine.

Riceland Foods deploys a Profinet system devised by TempuTech that monitors hundreds of sensors to boost operations and safety, reduce downtime, and deliver operating intelligence for continuous improvement.  By Jeanne Schweder.


IT/OT guide to deploying Ethernet on the plant floor, Industrial Ethernet Book.

There are numerous advantages to using Ethernet on the plant floor, and also critical issues to consider for a successful implementation: migration strategies, communications differences, security needs and the need for industrially hardened devices. IT and OT personnel need to work together to deploy networks. [Even though my name is attached, I just edited it.]


Profibus and Profinet troubleshooting, Comprehensive guide, InTech magazine

One of the strengths of fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet protocols in general, and Profibus and Profinet in particular, is the diagnostic information. This diagnostic information can prevent downtime and accelerate troubleshooting.  Includes a link to


–Carl Henning