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Dec 13

Summary of News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011

The SPS/IPC/Drives Show is very important for industrial automation professionals.  I’ve been going long enough to see it grow in size and visitors (with many more international visitors lately).  Given that importance, here’s a summary of news from the show from me and many others: My posts: PROFIBUS News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 covers PROFIBUS in…

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Dec 9

Next Year in Nuremberg for SPS/IPC/Drives 2012?

Since next year’s SPS/IPC/Drives Show is the week after Thanksgiving, you should plan to go.  It is THE show for industrial automation. The show runs for three days: November 27 through 29, 2012. Monitor the show website for updates and news: Tickets for the show are not expensive, but you can probably get them…

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Dec 7

Miscellaneous News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011

The worst part of the SPS/IPC/Drives show is getting there.  I was delayed for 4 hours on the way over since we had to land in Halifax, NS, Canada for a medical emergency on board.  On the way back I was happy to be delayed only an hour since I still made my connecting flight…

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Dec 2

PROFIenergy News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011

There were a few more PROFIenergy products on the PROFIenergy wall.  So while other Industrial Ethernets make plans we have members making products.  We used an automotive theme to help demonstrate PROFIenergy at the show. We even have a video of PI Chairman Jörg Freitag explaining the analogy.  I also used a car analogy in…

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Nov 30

PROFINET Chip News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011

You might think this blog post is mostly for device makers… well, actually it is, but for current and prospective users of PROFINET there’s a message, too.  The folks who make the devices you need have a lot of choices in how to implement PROFINET – from software stacks on standard Ethernet Controllers to custom…

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Nov 28

PROFINET News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011

The PROFINET news that jumped out at me included controllers and chips.  The PROFINET wall featured more controllers than ever.  Of course there were controllers from Siemens and Phoenix Contact.  And we’ve seen Omron with PROFINET… and ABB.  But this is the first year I’ve seen controllers from PI North America members Mitsubishi and GE…

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Nov 28

PROFIBUS News from SPS/IPC/Drives 2011

PROFIBUS keeps on keeping on.  We are expecting to exceed 40 million installed nodes through 2011.  This is quite a contrast to the ads hanging on the wall in the office where we brag about exceeding 250,000! PROFIBUS is far and away the most successful fieldbus and still energetic in its maturity.  The PROFIBUS PA…

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