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PROFIBUS to PROFINET: Migration strategies

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Migration Approaches PROFINET leverages PROFIBUS technologies to ensure a smooth and cost-effective migration between them. Depending on the factory state and current network technology there are two migration approaches: Greenfield and Brownfield installation Greenfield Installation: Nonexistent network in the first… Read more »

PROFINET Cables: Fiber Optics

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Fiber optic cables offer specific benefits over copper. They are usually implemented in areas with electromagnetic interference or significant ground potential differences. Fiber optic connections can completely remove problems caused by electromagnetic interference and ground equalization currents flowing in copper… Read more »

PROFINET Cables: Copper

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A PROFINET network is built on standard IEEE 802.3 Ethernet. Due to challenging environments on the factory floor, most users opt for rugged industrial Ethernet cables when building an industrial network. Even though wireless access points are becoming more popular, most… Read more »

2017 New PROFIBUS / PROFINET Products

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Since the beginning of 2017 there have been 80+ new products announced with either a PROFIBUS, PROFINET, or IO-Link interface at That’s the result of a quick count I did by counting all of New Product announcements this year:… Read more »

The Next Chapter

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It’s time for Carl to retire; he hit 70 a couple months ago and as much fun as PI North America has been, it’s time to reluctantly move on. It’s been fun. So, it’s time for Carl to focus on… Read more »

PROFI Mnemonics

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I’m a big fan of mnemonics. A mnemonic, /nɛˈmɑːnɪk/ (the first “m” is silent) device, or memory device, is any learning technique that aids information retention in the human memory per Wikipedia. In school, you may have learned a mnemonic… Read more »

Where’s My GSD File?

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GSD files have been needed for a long time, first for PROFIBUS, and now for PROFINET. Our usual comparison is to printer drivers. A GSD file tells the software system what features, I/O, alarms, and diagnostic capabilities a device has…. Read more »

Secure Your Network!

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Your network is not secure! Whether you have all the security in place that’s possible or have not even thought about security – your network is not secure! Sadly, no network can be 100% secure. The best that you can… Read more »

Show Me the Money

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Show Me the Money, or justifying an Industrial Internet of Things project with PROFINET because we like the technology. Dilbert has been known to say, “We’re technology driven.”  But that does not resonate with the owners and their managers –… Read more »

Motor Diagnostics

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We often brag about PROFINET’s diagnostic capabilities and we brag about PROFINET’s role in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. PROFINET excels at device to controller communications. But not all communications needs to go to the controller… Read more »