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Aug 15

Where’s My GSD File?

GSD files have been needed for a long time, first for PROFIBUS, and now for PROFINET. Our usual comparison is to printer drivers. A GSD file tells the software system what features, I/O, alarms, and diagnostic capabilities a device has. It resides in the engineering tool, not in the device itself. A printer driver is…
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Aug 8

Secure Your Network!

Your network is not secure! Whether you have all the security in place that’s possible or have not even thought about security – your network is not secure! Sadly, no network can be 100% secure. The best that you can hope for is to make it very difficult to hack. Let’s start at one of…
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Jul 18

Motor Diagnostics

We often brag about PROFINET’s diagnostic capabilities and we brag about PROFINET’s role in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. PROFINET excels at device to controller communications. But not all communications needs to go to the controller – there is some data it just doesn’t need. There are many articles in the…
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Jul 4

PROFINET Independence Day

It’s Independence Day in the USA, the Fourth of July. PROFINET connection coming up, but first… “Independence Day” always reminds me of the movie (the original one, where a virus created on a Mac laptop can infect an alien operating system) and the old joke “Daddy, does Canada have a fourth of July? Yes, son,…
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Jun 27

We’re Number One

PI does not get to say that PROFINET is the best Industrial Ethernet; the market gets to say that. Which is why I was amused to see a technology that’s in fifth place in the market tout why they’re better than all the other Industrial Ethernets. The market has assigned them their place and it’s…
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Jun 13

Roll PROFINET Tape

OK, no one rolls tape anymore; everything is digital. But video is still highly valued. Are you someone who prefers watching to reading? Then this post is for you. Here are some short videos to watch about PROFINET and PROFIBUS: Let’s start with the shortest video; it clarifies the relationship among PROFINET, Industrial Internet of…
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Jun 6

Keeping Up with the News

How do you get your news? Newspaper? Magazine? TV? Or are you a “new media” person? Getting your news from blogs? YouTube subscription? Facebook? LinkedIn? Twitter? Electronic newsletter? I’m a “new media” person. Newspaper? Cancelled long ago. Magazine? Electronic version only, please. TV? That’s for sports and science fiction shows. I use all the new…
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May 30

IO-Link to the Rescue

Take my old prox switch… please. And give me a new one with IO-Link. The old one just closes contacts. IO-Link, however, uses the same wires for the contacts but superimposes a digital signal over those wires. The old prox switch could be trained with a button to set the operating distance. IO-Link lets me…
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May 23

PROFINET in Food and Bev

When you think of PROFINET do you think of automotive? You should because all auto makers use PROFINET somewhere. But there are many other vertical markets where PROFINET excels. PI Middle East featured an event last year focused on food and beverage. A reminder that PROFINET (and PROFIBUS) is used there. You probably were unable…
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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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