Feb 28

Industry Foursight

Industry 4.0 has a lot of requirements and it’s an exciting time to be involved in industrial automation. New solutions are taking shape and stand to make automation networks easier to manage, faster to run, and most importantly, provide value like never before. Concepts like TSN, OPC UA and APL are making headlines and the…

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Feb 15

What about Fiber in Hazardous Environments?

Is fiber ok in hazardous environments*? We got this question in one of our PROFINET one-day training classes while explaining APL (Advanced Physical Layer).  Ethernet is not intrinsically safe. Since IEEE 100BASE-TX Ethernet is the base technology for PROFINET, PROFINET cannot reach hazardous environments. There are options to go around this limitation. Some factories employ containment methods…

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Jan 30

New Class Offerings in North America

2-day PROFINET Fundamentals Class (non-certified) PROFINET and PROFIBUS certified network engineer classes continue to be offered several times every year. Students learn how the underlying technology works from the application to the frame level and pass both a practical and written exam to become certified. A 2-day non-certified PROFINET Fundamentals class is now available to fit in tight…

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Jan 15

Key Decisions for PROFINET Developers

Device manufacturers wanting to equip an automation device with a PROFINET interface have different options for implementation. Before deciding on a specific implementation method, it’s important to first determine which functions will be supported by the PROFINET automation device: Real-Time Requirements IEEE 802.3 ensures problem-free communication between PROFINET automation devices and among PROFINET automation devices…

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Jan 1

PROFINET Development Cycle

The Easy Way to PROFINET brochure is a guide for PROFINET development. The document focuses on the development and implementation of PROFINET products. We have created our own version of the brochure to support local developers in North America. Read this short excerpt of the Product Development Cycle Section and make sure to read the whole guide: Consulting Integration…

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Dec 15

PROFI-Resources: What about documentation?

Are you aware of the many freely downloadable documents on our website? From guidelines, to system descriptions, to marketing brochures, to slide sets, all topics are covered in a range of depths from introductory to advanced. Check out our documentation section at: Brochures Marketing flyers and brochures provide the most introductory level of knowledge…

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Dec 1

PI News from SPS IPC Drives 2018

Technology Providers Implement PROFINET with TSN A live demo with solutions from three different manufacturers was introduced to the public at SPS IPC Drives 2018. The demo shows how easily TSN can be integrated in PROFINET in view of different technologies. In the live demo, prototypical implementations from three different companies – Texas Instruments, Analog Devices,…

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Nov 15

Industrial Wireless Architectures- PROFINET

PROFINET can be connected wirelessly as easily and seamlessly as it can be connected with regular wires (copper, fiber). Wireless is part of PROFINET’s specification for two wireless standards: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. When speaking about wireless PROFINET communications for industrial automation, there are a variety of architectures available depending on the particular application. This post will go…

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Oct 30

APL: Bringing Ethernet to the Field

“The realization of this vision began in 2011, when a group of solution suppliers at the urging of several end user groups began a technical investigation of a protocol-neutral, advanced physical layer (a.k.a., APL) that could solve the longtime problem of a long-reach Ethernet for use in hazardous locations.” APL White Paper Description In order…

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Oct 15

GAM 2018 Report

24 Years for PI North America Last month PI North America hosted their General Assembly Meeting (GAM) from September 11th to 13th in Scottsdale, Arizona. This GAM marked the 24th birthday for PI North America. The meeting updated attendees on the organization’s initiatives, future plans, and technology trends. In the previous GAM, PI North America switched…

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