May 1

Hanover Fair 2012

Hanover Fair concluded last Friday after 190,000 visitors had trouped through the 5,000 exhibits (from 69 countries).  Twenty of the Halls were occupied, but I never made it out of Hall 9 with most of my time spent in the Field Communication Lounge, the stand cosponsored by PI. Five digital communications organizations cooperated to create…

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Sep 8

PROFIBUS in a Chemical Plant

Brad Hart from PI North America member C&E Sales presented a PROFIBUS application story from a chemical plant at the General Assembly Meeting.  It featured some AS-I, some PROFIBUS DP, some PROFIBUS PA, and some plans for PROFINET.  The usual benefits were realized in wiring and related hardware savings plus labor savings.  The real surprise…

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Jun 10

How many devices on a PROFIBUS DP network in Grand Rapids?

There was a good crowd at the Grand Rapids PROFIBUS one-day training class last week.  Manny and Torsten were there while I was in Vancouver with Hunter for a PROFINET one-day training class.  One of the questions that came up in Grand Rapids concerned how many PROFIBUS DP devices are allowed on a network.  We have…

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May 27

Crimping Newark Asset Management

I was in Newark with Manny two weeks ago for the PROFIBUS in the Process Industries one-day training class.  We’ve been doing these classes for over 7 years now and it is amazing that we still get new questions.  In Newark we got a couple misconceptions that need to be addressed.  One attendee could not…

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May 13

Problem Solving in PROFINET Class

I started this on the plane back from Jacksonville and I’m finishing it on the plane to Newark for the Process one-day training class.  (It’s tomorrow, May 14, at the Newark airport.  We have arranged for free parking at the hotel.)  In between I had to put the finishing touches on PROFInews North American Edition…

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Apr 30

Product Updates (Hanover Fair 2009 Report 4)

In addition to the new PROFIsafe products I mentioned several posts ago, there were other new products as well. First up, a Phoenix Contact PROFIBUS Proxy with built-in 4-port switch, highlighted in green here. Shown among many other PROFINET devices from Phoenix Contact. Siemens also introduced its new PLC, the S7-1200.  Karsten Schneider (former manager…

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Apr 28

Technology Updates (Hanover Fair 2009 Report 3)

There was news of progress in a number of technology areas: IO-Link, wireless, PROFIBUS, and PROFINET. IO-Link products are appearing more rapidly.  IO-Link is not a fieldbus, but allows digital communications over the device’s cable.  This led me to characterize it as “HART for discrete.”  Conventional devices can be interchanged with IO-Link devices easing the…

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Apr 20

Over 100 fill the room in Pittsburgh for PROFIBUS training

Manny and Mike were in Pittsburgh for the PROFIBUS one-day training class.  Here’s Manny’s report: Last Wednesday’s PROFIBUS Training Class in Pittsburgh marked our largest PROFIBUS class of 2009.  Over one hundred people packed the room at the Hilton to learn about the latest developments in PROFIBUS technology.  Even though we did not quite have…

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Mar 30

Greenville Process Class

Manny Mandrusiak reports from our Greenville PROFIBUS in the Process Industries one-day training class: I used to enjoy reading magazines where they had issues that were “Assistant Editor’s Months” – issues where the Assistant Editor wrote the column, with a little different perspective.  Well that would make me the “Assistant Blogger” for Carl.  I do…

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Mar 26

ABB Worlds of PROFI

I’m on my flight back home from Orlando and ABB Automation and Power World.  There was lots of news about PROFIBUS and PROFINET there.  The trade press covers the general news, so I’ll fill in the fieldbus and PROFI news.   At last year’s conference, ABB talked about a concept to use Industrial Ethernet across…

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