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Dec 14

SPS 2012: Summary

My posts: The Show The PI Booth Member Booths PROFINET Faster PROFINET Chips PROFIdrive PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Process PROFIenergy IO-Link In the news: Automation World Industrial Ethernet Book The Instrumentation Signpost Blog And finally, this video from the PI Support Center: –Carl Henning

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Dec 13

SPS 2012: IO-Link

IO-Link also featured prominently in the PI Booth. Our relationship with IO-Link is a bit peculiar. The consortium responsible for IO-Link relies on the PI infrastructure. If you have not encountered IO-Link before, I call it HART for discrete because it superimposes the digital communications over the three-wire DI/DO cable. IO-link is therefore not a…

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Dec 12

SPS 2012: PROFIenergy

PROFIenergy is a big deal. It’s one of the really big benefits of using PROFINET. Products have been available for some years now and they are starting to appear in very large projects in the automotive industry. At the PI press conference Michael Lebrecht of Daimler presented their ongoing project using PROFIenergy. During the Q&A…

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Dec 11

SPS 2012: PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Process

Did you notice in the post about the PI Booth that there were two process walls in the booth? One was for PROFIBUS and the other for PROFINET! If you look closely you may also notice Foundation Fieldbus, HART, and WirelessHART. All of these can have a potential role in a PROFINET/PROFIBUS architected system. On…

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Dec 10

SPS 2012: PROFIdrive

PROFIdrive is an application profile that sits above the PROFIBUS and PROFINET communications protocols. It arranges the data in a consistent fashion to simplify the interchange of information. Drive vendors can choose not to use PROFIdrive, but then the drive parameters are not so easily exchanged. To make it easier for drive vendors to adopt…

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Dec 6

SPS 2012: PROFINET Chips

I continue to be amazed at the number of chip-based solutions available for PROFINET. I’ve lost count of the actual number. But Innovasic, KW-Software, and Hilscher were in the PI booth with their solutions. Molex was in the booth, too, and they announced a partnership with profichip for a PROFINET solution. I walked over to…

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Dec 5

SPS 2012: PROFINET Faster

PROFINET was, of course, all over the show, including in the booths of companies that own or sponsor competing Industrial Ethernets! PROFINET’s theme in the PI booth was that PROFINET does more. It is faster now with 31.25 microsecond update times, but there’s a lot more to PROFINET. Like the only Industrial Ethernet with released…

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Dec 4

SPS 2012: Member Booths

I was able to visit the booths of many of our members, but also found many of them right in the PI booth: Tomorrow’s post: PROFINET! –Carl Henning

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Dec 3

SPS 2012: The PI booth

As usual the PI booth was well done and well attended.  In addition to the reception stand, the presentation theater, and the lounge, the booth sported functional areas for PROFINET PROFIenergy PROFIdrive PROFIsafe Process including PROFIBUS and PROFINET (and others!) IO-Link I’ll cover each of those in individual, subsequent posts, but here is an overview…

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Nov 30

SPS 2012: The Show

This year I am thankful that I got to spend Thanksgiving in the States and have turkey instead of turkey schnitzel.   Usually for Thanksgiving I’m in Nuremberg, but this year the SPS/IPC/Drives Show was the week after Turkey Day. This is the first in a series of posts on the show.  There is lots of…

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