Trade Show and GAM Reports

Dec 1

PI News from SPS IPC Drives 2018

Technology Providers Implement PROFINET with TSN A live demo with solutions from three different manufacturers was introduced to the public at SPS IPC Drives 2018. The demo shows how easily TSN can be integrated in PROFINET in view of different technologies. In the live demo, prototypical implementations from three different companies – Texas Instruments, Analog Devices,…

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Oct 15

GAM 2018 Report

24 Years for PI North America Last month PI North America hosted their General Assembly Meeting (GAM) from September 11th to 13th in Scottsdale, Arizona. This GAM marked the 24th birthday for PI North America. The meeting updated attendees on the organization’s initiatives, future plans, and technology trends. In the previous GAM, PI North America switched…

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Sep 27

2017 New PROFIBUS / PROFINET Products

Since the beginning of 2017 there have been 80+ new products announced with either a PROFIBUS, PROFINET, or IO-Link interface at That’s the result of a quick count I did by counting all of New Product announcements this year: 80+ New Products This Year at PROFINEWS How many others? And that’s just the…

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May 10

Hannover Messe Report: Ease of Use

If there was one big blinking neon light not to be missed from Hannover Messe this year it was: OPC UA. Like Karsten mentioned in PROFINEWS, it was everywhere -that and TSN. But what is the subtext to be gleaned behind these technologies? -EASE OF USE- This is the holy-grail for all manufacturers, and is…

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Dec 2

SPS 2016: Around Town

Off-topic warning. To get discounted air fare I arrived in Germany an extra day before the show. After catching up on my email, I walked around Nuremberg. The Friday after the show marks the beginning of the Christmas markets in cities and towns throughout this part of Germany. The market was being setup, but was…

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Dec 1

SPS 2016: Members’ Booths

I tried, but did not quite succeed, in getting to the booths of all the PI North America members at the show. The Siemens booth engulfed one hall all by themselves. Here’s an overview:   HMS was showing the Anybus Wireless Bolt which uses WiFi and Bluetooth to wirelessly connect devices in cabinets to Wireless…

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Nov 30

SPS 2016: Press Conference

PI also conducted a press conference on Wednesday morning of the show. Look for the details in PROFINEWS. Here are some additional details not covered in PROFINEWS: Process Automation PI has been working closely with NAMUR, the process users’ organization. They are limiting their Ethernet choices to PROFINET and one other. The focus is on…

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Nov 29

SPS 2016: PI Booth

The PI Booth covered 3,500 sq. ft. and was themed “PROFINET – the Backbone for Industrie 4.0.” More details and a photo gallery will be presented in next Tuesday’s PROFINEWS. Last month’s PROFINEWS showed a 3D rendering of the booth that provides an overview. Here are some photos not included in the upcoming PROFINEWS, including…

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Nov 28

SPS 2016: The Show

I’m just back from the SPS/IPC/Drives Show in Nuremberg, Germany. The show attendance and exhibitors were off just a little from last year, but still quite busy. There were 1,601 exhibitors, down from 1,668. Exhibiting companies numbered 523 from 45 countries. The exhibition space totaled 1,315,350 sq. ft. Visitors numbered 63,291. Industrie 4.0 was highlighted…

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Aug 23

PI North America General Assembly Meeting

The 22nd PI North America General Assembly Meeting is coming up at the end of September. I have not been to all of them – I missed one. If you are a PI North America member you should start (or continue) your own attendance streak. When I first attended back in 1994, I wanted more…

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