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PROFIBUS International Introduces New On-line PROFInet Public Forum for Dialogue and Answers to Your PROFInet Questions

February 202004
Scottsdale, AZ–February 20, 2004–PROFIBUS International has announced the PROFInet Public Forum. This new on-line community has been implemented on the PROFIBUS International web site to provide answers to specific PROFInet questions and allow for PROFInet discussions. This forum is intended to provide feedback and consultation not only from the PROFInet Technical Team but also from other system operators and manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, and device manufacturers. Current topics range from protocols and software to engineering tools.

The PROFInet forum is moderated by Dr. Peter Wenzel, Technical Director of the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation (PNO). Other notable contributors of the forum include members from the PROFInet Core Team: Manfred Popp, author of "The New Rapid Way to PROFIBUS DP" and Wolfgang Eberhardt, one of the principle architects of the PROFInet Protocol.

The new PROFInet Public Forum is intended to allow all interested parties to get fast answers to technical PROFInet questions while providing an entree to open discussions regarding the implementation of this new technology. The forum is open and available to access now. Interested parties can post their specific questions or respond to other topics by visiting the PROFInet Forum at: www.profibus.com/cgi-bin/board.cgi

The new PROFInet Standard will be the first fieldbus technology to integrate and interconnect all segments within the automation hierarchy, and seamlessly interface to established ERP/MES, IT and corporate management technologies.

Currently, the PROFInet stack has been ported to three different operating systems: Windows 32, VxWorks and Linux. Any company that is a member of a Regional PROFIBUS Association can download the PROFInet specification, porting examples and "C" source code for the PROFInet Runtime Software from www.profibus.com. Also available for download is a PROFInet Component Editor, a 32-bit MS Windows application that provides an easy-to-use interface for creating PROFInet Components. It is based on the PROFInet - Architecture Description and Specification V1.2. A

PROFInet Test Tool, providing an easy-to-use interface for testing PROFInet devices during development, can also be found on the web site. These tools are provided free of charge to PROFIBUS Trade Organization members.

PROFInet is a modern standard for distributed automation standards and is based on Ethernet. It integrates existing fieldbus systems, specifically PROFIBUS, simply and without change. The use of established Ethernet-based IT technologies allows the connection of the automation/plant level with the corporate management level, including the direct exchangeability of order and production data. Internet connectivity can make it possible to initiate orders and carry out remote servicing and maintenance measures.

All interested parties can also download an all-new PROFInet Technology and Application Guide immediately at www.us.profibus.com/guide.

The PROFIBUS Trade Organization (PTO) is a non-profit corporation working to enhance the PROFIBUS and PROFInet standards while educating and assisting device manufacturers throughout North and South America on the latest extensions and conformance tests associated with PROFIBUS and PROFInet. For additional information contact the PTO at 16101 North 82nd Street, Suite. 3B, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Phone 480-483-2456; FAX 480-483-7202. Internet: www.us.profibus.com
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