PROFINET Midway Mania

Disney’s Toy Story Midway Mania uses PROFINET for ride control.  I refered to it briefly in an earlier post, “So an engineer walks into a theme park…”.  Now Control Engineering has a very comprehensive article on it, complete with video: “Automation and Ethernet Combine for 3D Disney Attraction”.

I spoke with Dave Greenfield, Control Engineering editorial director about his article at the PTO General Assembly Meeting this August.  He indicated that he did get a behind-the-scenes look at the attraction, but… he wasn’t allowed to take the camera there.  Bummer.  Never-the-less,  I recommend the full 28-minute video.  In the last 10 minutes the discussion about fieldbuses applies just as much to industry as to amusement rides.