Feb 10

What is PROFINET? – PROFINET Explained

This article answers a very general but common question: What is PROFINET? PROFINET is an open Industrial Ethernet solution based on international standards. It is a communication protocol designed to exchange data between controllers and devices in an automation setting. It was introduced in the early 2000s and is the most well-adopted Industrial Ethernet solution….

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Jan 5

How to Configure a PROFINET Network (Full Demonstration)

This video will show you how to configure a PROFINET network. PROFINET controllers have an associated engineering tool to configure the network. Even though engineering tools vary across manufacturers, there is a standard process for configuration. First, import the GSD file and configure the network in the Engineering Tool. Second, configure the devices and download…

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Dec 20

FAQ on PROFINET Basics (get your questions answered!)

This article resolves some of the most common introductory questions about PROFINET. Besides this FAQ, you can learn more about PROFINET by watching this on-demand webinar: How PROFINET Works? A Beginner’s Guide. PROFINET Introduction FAQ Can an Ethernet protocol be deterministic? Ethernet on its own is not deterministic. But Ethernet-based protocols can use their own…

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Dec 3

The Difference Between PROFINET and PROFIsafe

PROFINET and PROFIsafe have very similar names and were both created by PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI). Besides the similarities in origin and name, PROFINET and PROFIsafe are different technologies. PROFINET is an open industrial Ethernet standard that offers real-time data exchange while maintaining openness for flexible plant and machine concepts. Aside from the standard…

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Sep 28

10 Reasons to Choose PROFINET

PROFINET is the leading and most advanced communication protocol for automation. Currently, in 2020, there are over 32 million PROFINET nodes installed. This article contains 10 reasons or highlights to choose PROFINET for your product or automation project. 1.- Flexible Topology and Media With PROFINET, you can implement various topology options such as line, star,…

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Sep 13

PROFINET Development FAQ

This month, we hosted a webinar on PROFINET Development: 7 Steps to Develop a PROFINET Device. There are many choices of ways to add PROFINET to an automation device. This webinar gave developers an overview of the seven steps to embed PROFINET in a product. In this article, I will expand on some questions we…

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Aug 26

PROFINET Cables: Requirements, Specifications, and Types

In this article, you can learn all about a crucial piece of infrastructure in PROFINET networks: the Cabling. A PROFINET network is based on standard IEEE 802.3 Ethernet. Therefore, you can utilize standard Ethernet cables to build your PROFINET network. You might have heard the term: PROFINET cable before. We will reference this term through…

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Jul 29

PROFIenergy: Energy Management for Industrial Networks

The motivation for PROFIenergy, the energy management Application Profile… Energy is one of the most significant cost burdens in many manufacturing facilities. Automation components consume a large amount of energy during production. Additionally, energy consumption can also be significant during production-free periods, as shown in orange in the diagram below. PROFIenergy offers energy-saving capabilities in…

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Jul 26

PROFINET vs Ethernet: Definitions and a Comparison

What is the difference between PROFINET and Ethernet? Can you give us a PROFINET vs Ethernet comparison? We get these questions quite often. And they are kind of difficult to answer because PROFINET and Ethernet are complementing technologies, not competing technologies. This short post will illustrate the comparison between PROFINET and Ethernet. Let’s start by…

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Jul 25

PROFINET Switch Options and Features

PROFINET offers a variety of possible topologies: tree, line, ring, star, etc. Nearly all PROFINET devices have at least two ports on them, and behind these two ports, there is an integrated switch that allows the creation of line topologies. Star topologies are efficient solutions in some applications, and for that, you have dedicated Ethernet…

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