One of the clever (if esoteric) features of PROFINET is the Tool Calling Interface (TCI). Challenge: you are using PROFINET, but you also have a separate software package to configure your drive functions. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could share data between PROFINET and the drive configuration tool? With TCI you can.
During our PROFINET one-day training classes in 2010 we showed an example of TCI with the IO-Link configuration tool. From within the PROFINET configuration software we demonstrated transparently calling up IO-Link configuration. Configure, close, download, and run. You really can’t tell that we invoked a separate tool.
For more detail on TCI, download our white paper: “The Tool Calling Interface.”