What if you could replace an IO device on a PROFINET network without using a computer? Surprise, there is no ‘what-if’ here – you can do this now. And there are no addressing switches to set either. The network keeps running the whole time!
Here are the complete instructions for using this feature:
- Disconnect and remove the defective device
- Replace and reconnect the new device
There are a few caveats: the replacement device has to be the same as the device it’s replacing. No surprise there; you can’t replace a drive with an IO block. And since PROFINET uses device names, not numbers, the replacement device has to have a blank name (which it will from the factory).