PROFINET

Jul 31

PROFINET Cabling: Overview and Implementation Considerations

Even though wireless access points are becoming more popular, most of today’s network connections are wired and require cabling. PROFINET cable manufacturers offer a range of cable types and classes for different applications, including those with special properties. These cables come in two flavors: copper and fiber optics. This paper will give an overview of each, use cases, and implementation. Topics include copper cables, fiber cables, special features, and installation considerations.
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Jul 31

PROFIBUS vs PROFINET: Comparison and Migration Strategies

PROFIBUS is a classical serial fieldbus and PROFINET is an industrial Ethernet standard. They share similarities due to their common source, but PROFINET has additional capabilities that allow faster and more flexible communication. This white paper will explore the differences between them and explain migration strategies from PROFIBUS to PROFINET.
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Jan 13

PROFINET – The Solution Platform for Process Automation

Industrial communication is one of the key technologies for modern automation. In Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, and Big Data environments, industrial communication is of central importance. Easy-to-handle solutions with high-performance capability for real-time communications, high availability, flexible topologies, and integration are needed to make use of the many possibilities of the digital world. This white paper reports the functions and capabilities of PROFINET that meet the demands of process automation.
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Dec 22

IT Professional’s Guide to Industrial Ethernet

What are the five critical things an IT professional needs to know about bringing Ethernet to the plant floor? First, it is important that IT professionals and automation engineers work together to create a robust, secure Ethernet infrastructure for the factory. Read this White Paper for insight into issues IT professionals should consider as they connect Industrial Ethernet-like PROFINET to the plant floor.
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Jul 18

Ethernet Switches: Managed vs. Unmanaged for PROFINET

PROFINET offers a variety of possible topologies: tree, line, ring, star, etc. Nearly all PROFINET devices have two ports on them, and behind these two ports, there is an integrated switch which allows the creation of a line topology. Star topologies may be more efficient solutions in some cases and for that, you have dedicated Ethernet switches. Switches come in two broad flavors: managed and unmanaged. Even though you may be able to use both in a PROFINET network, they are very different...
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Apr 25

The 7 Step Industrial Ethernet Checklist

In today’s information-age, it should be easier than ever to make decisions based on the technical merit of an automation backbone, instead of following a particular vendor’s Industrial Ethernet protocol of choice.
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Apr 4

PROFINET for network geeks (and those who want to be)

Have you heard of the seven-layer stack used to define network functionality? It collapses to four layers in the Ethernet world… and PROFINET does not need all four of those. This illustrated white paper provides insight into the layers and how they are used.
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Nov 23

Drives and Motion with PROFINET

PROFINET and PROFIdrive form the basis for high-performance and future-proof drive technologies. Together they offer a comprehensive range of applications, scalable performance with short cycle times, and user-friendly, cost-effective implementation. In combination with PROFIdrive, PROFINET becomes is the ideal solution for all drive tasks.
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Oct 8

MES and PROFINET

MES and PROFINET. The PROFINET and MES Maintenance Operations guideline of PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) defines an open integration path between MES and PROFINET based automation systems.
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Oct 8

PROFINET IO Device Diagnostics – An Overview

PROFINET IO Device Diagnostics – An Overview. Read (or listen to) this overview of PROFINET diagnostics. Download the PDF or choose the audio MP3 version.
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