Trade Show and GAM Reports

Aug 9

PROFINET Plugfest Report

Ok, I’ll admit it: I was a skeptic about the North American plugfest. Could we get enough devices and controllers? Could we pull together a plugfest having never done one in North America? I now know that the answers to both questions is “Yes!” There were 6 controllers and 30 devices. Enough to keep us…

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Jul 6


Plugfests are also called InterOps (for InterOperate). They allow devices from many vendors to be attached to networks of various controllers. We have an upcoming PROFINET Plugfest. But, wait, why is that necessary? All PROFINET products must be certified in a PI-accredited test lab and be granted a certificate from PI. Those test are extensive…

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May 10

Hannover 2016: News Summary

Here is a summary of Hannover Fair news: PROFIblog. The past six posts present my first-person view of the fair. PROFINEWS. You will find a more formal PROFI-centric report in the May PROFINEWS, the second through fourth articles. Phoenix Contact. For daily videos from Phoenix Contact visit here. Both the Tuesday and Thursday videos at…

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May 9

Hannover 2016: Member News

Visiting PI North America members uncovered some unique products. Here they are in the order I stumbled upon them: HMS. In the OPC Foundation booth, our old friend Michael Volz showed me an HMS module that moves PROFINET data to OPC UA. Both protocols run on the same wire – a benefit made possible because…

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May 6

Hannover 2016: The Forum, Part 2

The second session I attended in the Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet forum was by Armin Pühringer of Hilscher. I was attracted by the title, “From Sensor to Cloud – Device Integration and IT Infrastructure.” Knowing that Hilscher has introduced products for moving PROFINET data to the cloud and given PI’s cooperation with OPC…

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May 5

Hannover 2016: The Forum

The forum, Industrie 4.0 meets the Industrial Internet, ran frequent sessions throughout the week. I attended a couple of them: the opening panel and “From sensor to cloud – device integration and IT infrastructure.” The opening forum featured an introduction by an official from the German government, Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Education and…

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May 4

Hannover 2016: The PI Booth

The PI booth was once again the hub of PROFINET and PROFIBUS activity under the banner of “Backbone of Industrie 4.0.” Featured walls included PROFINET, process, PROFIsafe, IO-Link, and vision. The PI Lounge provided a venue for networking and refreshment. Many meetings – planned and ad hoc – took place. Some quick facts about the…

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May 3

Hannover 2016: The Show

Events surrounding the show were tough this year between track maintenance on the main line, a transit strike in Hannover, and the security surrounding President Obama’s visit. Despite all that, the show itself was a success. By the numbers: 190,000 visitors, 5,000 from the USA 5,200 exhibitors, 58% from outside Germany, 525 from the US…

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May 2

Hannover 2016: PROFI Growth

I’m just back from Hannover Fair, reflecting on the news therefrom.  In passing (literally), it was President Obama’s walk-by.  For us automation types though it was the continuing growth of all things PROFI. The independent auditor’s count of nodes installed during 2015 provides new totals.  While I and my PI colleagues get enamored of the…

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Apr 19

Hanover Fair Preview

Remember when there were big independent shows in the US?  Shows like ISA and National Manufacturing Week? Hanover Fair (April 25-29) in Germany makes them look tiny.  Hanover Fair is big, although not as big as in years gone by.  You’re probably not going to Hanover Fair, but you can visit vicariously through live Tweets…

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