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May 16

Teach Me PROFIBUS

Are you new to PROFIBUS? Ready to start a new PROFIBUS project? Are you required to troubleshoot and maintain a PROFIBUS network? Here are some suggestions to learn about PROFIBUS: Read about PROFIBUS. The best place to start is the 36-page System Description: PROFIBUS Technology and Application. It’s contents: Chapter 1 contains an introduction to…
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May 12

Also Catching the Process Fieldbus

I have often recommended James Powell’s Catching the Process Fieldbus: An Introduction to Profibus for Process Automation.  It’s a great start to understanding PROFIBUS.  I’ve even previously blogged about it as “Catching the Process Fieldbus.” It’s been available at Amazon as a hardcover. And we’ve given some away as raffle prizes at one-day training classes. …
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Dec 16

Will PROFIBUS Ever Die? Expanded Post.

Perhaps some explanation of the “no” answer is in order: PROFIBUS can’t be killed no matter what. The installed base is too big (the biggest of any serial fieldbus) and it continues to grow every year. We continue to see manufacturers add PROFIBUS to their automation products. Companies with PROFIBUS installed continue to add more…
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Dec 16

Will PROFIBUS Ever Die?

No. –Carl Henning
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Oct 28

PROFIBUS PA Redundancy

Redundancy is not covered by the PROFIBUS PA specification, but vendors have jumped in with their own solutions. There are several choices including these two from PI North America members: 1. MooreHawk provided a nice video showing how their solution works for both Foundation Fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA. 2. Siemens has a solution as well,…
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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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