Trade Show and GAM Reports

Dec 8

SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 – Impressions

This year’s SPS/IPC/Drives, in my humble opinion, was one of the most exciting ever. With so many important announcements going on, it seemed like a non-stop barrage of news. First was the announcement about cooperation with CC-Link IE. This cooperation is singularly about the end-users, and making their lives easier. By specifying a “coupler” to connect machines,…

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Dec 3

SPS/IPC/Drives 2015: the members

There were quite a few PI North America members that had tables at the booth this year at SPS 2015. Here’s a list that sponsored tables: Molex Advantech Innovasic Phoenix Contact Siemens Belden Harting Procentec Murrelektronik Hilscher Mitsubishi ProSoft Comtrol This is by no means an exhaustive list of those that supported the booth, only…

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Dec 2

SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 – the PI booth

This year’s theme: PROFINET – The Backbone of Industrie 4.0 See below for a collection of photos from the PI booth at SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany. After moving to Hall 2 last year, again the booth was located in Hall 2. The difference was, foot traffic was much greater than in 2014. Maybe people finally…

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Nov 29

PROFINET and OPC UA – Better Together

One of the big announcements at the SPS Fair last week was the increased cooperation between PI and the OPC Foundation.  This is benefitting users moving to Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things.  And the increased cooperation will improve that even more. Remember the FDI Cooperation?  PI, OPC, HART, Fieldbus Foundation, and FDT cooperated…

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Oct 13

GAM2015.4: Security

Security is always a requested topic for the General Assembly Meeting. This year we had two excellent security sessions: Network Security and PROFINET – Marty Jansons, Siemens Marty reminded us that security is not just about the technology used to secure a network; it’s also about people, processes, and procedures.  After a look at defense…

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Oct 8

GAM 2015.3: The PROFINET of Things Continues

On Day 2 of the annual meeting we discussed the PROFINET of Things topic in depth in a panel discussion.  Our diverse panel included: Mike Bastian, Ford Motor Company Karsten Schneider, PI Mark Hoske, Control Engineering Drew Baryenbruch, Real Time Automation They provided different perspectives on the PROFINET of Things (and IIoT and Industrie 4.0),…

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Oct 6

GAM 2015.2: The PROFINET of Things

The PROFINET of Things is a foundation of the Industrial Internet of Things which lies at the overlap of the Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0.  It is foundational in that it provides the data that is needed.  And it does it better than other protocols (see Data Access, Uptime, and Openness). Our theme at…

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Sep 29

GAM 2015.1: The Times They Are A-Changin’

As I have said about past PI North America General Assembly Meetings, this one was simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating.  Not to mention that there was a lot of news to share from the two-day event – news about PROFINET, PROFIBUS, IO-Link, Industrial Internet of Things, and Industrie 4.0.  And even in Arizona the Fall season…

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Apr 29

Hanover 2015: The Lighter Side

I enjoy meeting unexpected people at the fair.  This year that included sitting next to the deputy mayor of Akron, Ohio at breakfast one morning.  (I got my BSEE from the University of Akron.)  Akron has been represented at Hanover Fair for 30 years seeking to attract businesses to locate North American operations in Akron….

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Apr 28

Hanover 2015: IO-Link News

IO-Link had some big news at the fair, but first let’s look at some of the IO-Link products.  First, the IO-Link wall at the PI booth with more products than ever before. One of those products was an AS-interface master for IO-Link.  Ok, there are masters for every other bus you can imagine, but, really,…

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