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Mar 30

PROFINET Media Redundancy

Ring topologies establish media redundancy. If a wire breaks in one section of the ring, there is a secondary connection to the network. The image below shows an example of a ring topology within a network with multiple topologies. Generally, Ethernet should not be connected in a ring without performing some sort of management. Without…

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Mar 15

PROFINET iPar Server – Overview and Description

Aside from the mandatory characteristics in each PROFINET device, PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) defines a list of optional features. These features are not required in all PROFINET devices; nonetheless, they can provide tremendous added value. This post describes one of those PROFINET optional features: the iPar Server. Since this feature is optional, users must…

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Feb 29

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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Feb 12

PROFINET Conformance Classes

All PROFINET products are developed according to international standards and certified by PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI). Every PROFINET device has a defined set of features that are mandatory based on its conformance class. There are three PROFINET conformance classes: A, B, and C. Conformance Class A (CC-A) is the most basic, while C (CC-C)…

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Jan 30

PROFINET Optional Features – Q&A Block

Did you miss the PROFINET Optional Features webinar? We got you covered. You can watch the whole webinar recording and go over the slide set here. This webinar explains several PROFINET optional features, such as Device Redundancy, Shared Device, Dynamic Reconfiguration, Fast Startup, iPar Server, and Time Stamping. During the live session, we got several…

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Jan 16

Dynamic Reconfiguration

The process industries have many challenging production requirements. For example, in some applications, systems must run continuously without interruptions; not even emergency stops are possible. For those scenarios, PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) specified a PROFINET feature to ensure continuous processes. Such feature is Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR). DR allows users to reconfigure, insert, remove, or…

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Jan 1

PROFIsafe over Wireless

Nowadays, functional safety can be implemented over the bus shifting from safety in hard-wired relays to safety performed in logic. PROFIsafe is an additional software layer that provides functional safety over the bus in PROFINET networks. PROFIsafe ensures the integrity of failsafe signals transmitted between safety devices and a safety controller meeting the relevant safety…

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Dec 19

PROFINET I-Device

I-Device is an optional PROFINET feature, which operates on the controller level. This feature allows a controller to be both a device and controller simultaneously, allowing for controller to controller (some might say peer to peer) communications with PROFINET.  I-Device functionality brings many benefits. For example, it enables the setup of communications between IO controllers…

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Dec 1

PI Technologies Everywhere

2019 Application Stories This year, PROFINEWS featured several application stories that highlighted the role of PROFINET, PROFIBUS, or IO-Link in a current automation project. The list below includes all of those application stories. Click on any title below to read the full article. Also, don’t forget, PI North America is always looking for exciting new…

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Nov 16

PROFIsafe Key Frequently Asked Questions

Safety systems protect equipment, people, and the environment. Traditionally, safety systems rely on separately wired circuits that are expensive to build, commission, and maintain. Nowadays, functional safety can be done over the bus shifting from safety in hard relays to safety in logic. With over 11 million installed nodes worldwide, PROFIsafe is the industry-leading solution…

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