§2.4 – Vertical Integration

PROFINET is fully compatible with standard Ethernet, hence it can provide classic TCP/IP performance whenever required. Consequently, it is easily scaled to match the needs of almost any size manufacturing facility. In addition, PROFINET networks are easily integrated with existing Ethernet networks such as higher level enterprise systems including MES and ERP (Manufacturing Execution Systems and Enterprise Resource Planning). Within reason, and working within your own security and management strategies, it is possible for PROFINET to reach across the enterprise.

With PROFINET, production data can be made available to supervisory staff in real time from almost anywhere in the enterprise. This can provide better management of plant, skills, and assets and lead to improved production scheduling and order processing. PROFINET can even deliver full Internet connectivity, enabling global enterprises to operate more efficiently across the globe.

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