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Jul 29

PROFIBUS PA – Simple and Safe in Hazardous Zones

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. The high-power trunk with FISCO spurs is a de-facto standard for PROFIBUS in explosion hazardous areas. Based on this concept, PROFIBUS PA can be installed without difficulty or the need for major cost analyses in…

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Jul 22

PROFIBUS PA – Certification Ensures Compatability

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Billions of people use their cellphones without ever thinking about the underlying communications technology. The phones are made by different manufacturers, operate on different networks and have different user interfaces, but people can communicate no…

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Jul 15

PROFIBUS PA – for Stable Process Control

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Infrastructure which delivers overall stability is indispensable in the process industry, and PROFIBUS offers this level of stability for data communications in the field and at the control station. The performance features of PROFIBUS PA,…

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Jul 8

PROFIBUS PA – Device Management Made Easy

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Having more information about system assets is generally an advantage assuming that the information is accurate and consistent. To provide access to more information, a few things have to be put in place at the…

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Jul 1

PROFIBUS PA – Diagnostics Made Easy

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Fieldbus communication has brought about a paradigm shift in automation technology. Communication used to be one-way and each line carried only a single analog signal. Fieldbus communication uses digital technology and it is bi-directional. As…

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Jun 24

PROFIBUS PA – a Proven Technology

What follows is an excerpt from the recently released White Paper entitled 6 Reasons to Give PROFIBUS PA Another Look. Fieldbus systems have a proven track record that goes back to the early 1990’s, and PROFIBUS has been at the forefront. These systems are deployed throughout the industrial automation landscape in the automotive, machinery manufacturing,…

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Aug 13

Profibus PA – The times, they are a-changin’

[A guest post from James Powell, author of Catching the Process Fieldbus, reviewed here.] “The times, they are a-changin’”.  Bob Dylan wrote these words decades ago (and about a very different topic!), but when I look at the Profibus PA market today, this song immediately pops into my head. Last year at this time, there…

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Feb 4

Are FOUNDATION fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA the same thing?

Are FOUNDATION fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA the same thing? is the title of an excellent blog post on the Pepperl+Fuchs USA Blog.  In fact, I liked the title so well I “borrowed” it to title this post. The short answer to the question is “no.”  But there are some nuances. PROFIBUS PA and Foundation Fieldbus…

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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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Jul 30

Why Aren’t More People Getting on the Fieldbus Bus?

Indeed: “Why Aren’t More People Getting on the Fieldbus Bus?” as Bruce Brandt asks at Control Engineering.  I would answer that with one word: “inertia.”  That’s short hand for those still stuck in the hard wiring mode saying “We’ve always done it this way.”  Of course, what they’re missing is improved uptime – uptime achievable…

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