PROFINET Application Profiles: PROFIsafe, PROFIenergy, PROFIdrive

Application Profiles

PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) has specified over a dozen PROFINET Application Profiles. Application Profiles are an additional layer above the PROFINET protocol. A PROFINET product that supports one or multiple Application Profiles offers further functionality besides the standard PROFINET capabilities.

Application Profiles are developed in PI working groups to ensure the openness, interoperability, and interchangeability of devices. PROFINET Application Profiles are vendor-independent specifications. They are implemented into PROFINET devices to enable the uniform behavior of devices from different manufacturers. These Application Profiles relate to device families or unique industry sector solutions

This White Paper gives a general overview of Application Profiles. Then, it explains the details and mechanisms for the most commonly implemented Application Profiles: PROFIsafe for functional safety, PROFIenergy for energy management, and PROFIdrive for interoperable drive devices.

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PROFIBUS PROFINET Application Profiles

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Application Profiles
  • PROFIsafe
    • Functional Safety Standards
    • Network Components and Implementation
    • Mechanisms
    • Certification
  • PROFIenergy
    • Network Components and Implementation
    • Mechanisms
  • PROFIdrive
    • Application Classes
  • Summary
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