PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) publishes OPC UA specification for PROFINET

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This specification describes a standardized OPC UA object model for PROFINET devices which enables PROFINET devices from a wide variety of different manufacturers to transfer device data to asset management systems in a standardized way, for example. Standardization makes information collection significantly easier for tool manufacturers, regardless of the manufacturer, but this is just the beginning of PI’s vertical integration strategy.

HMS Networks Report: industrial Ethernet now makes up for 59% of the global market

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As an independent supplier of solutions for industrial communication and the Industrial Internet of Things, HMS has an insight into the industrial network market. Here are some of the trends they see within industrial communication in 2019.

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results

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By Bill Lydon, Automation.com The Ford Livonia plant incorporated an automated transmission production line which illustrated the advantages and results of digitalization based on Ford’s goal of applying solid logic, planning, and execution to “be the number one transmission manufacturer in the world.”

FieldComm Group and The Open Group Process Automation Forum announce liaison agreement

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FieldComm Group and The Open Group Process Automation Forum have completed a liaison agreement to leverage FieldComm Group specifications within the OPAF ‘standard of standards’

FieldComm Group announces OPC Foundation (OPCF) endorsement of process automation device information

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Announced at the 2018 ARC Forum, FieldComm Group and the OPC Foundation presented their joint vision for creating a protocol independent, process automation device information model (PA-DIM) specification to implement the requirements of the NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA).

Open Systems Accelerate Paths to Project Efficiency & Profits

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By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com An open system can impact all phases of a project from inception, through its entire lifecycle including: project design, configuration, operations, and lifecycle maintenance in order to create tremendous savings and value.

Digital Factory Comes into Focus at Hannover Messe 2018

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By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com Resembling more a bustling city than a trade fair, the 71st Hannover Messe was very busy and chock full of energy and innovation this year, with over 200,000 attendees from 75 countries. Focusing on the theme 'Integrated Industry – Connect & Collaborate', the Digital Factory was front and center.

A Guide to Customized PROFINET Validation

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While serial bus systems will continue to play an important role in the future, solutions based on Industrial Ethernet are becoming increasingly common with Industry 4.0 applications. The focus is less on cable measurements, signal levels or signal shapes, but in the case of standards such as PROFINET, utilization and the greatest possible availability of the networks are the focus of interest.

PROCENTEC announces opening of Manchester, UK office

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The office will be PROCENTEC’s fourth office after Wateringen (the Netherlands), Karlsruhe (Germany) and Brescia (Italy). It will focus on sales activities in the first place, but also hopes to become an official Training Center in the UK in the long run.

PROCENTEC announces training cooperation with itsme group

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PROCENTEC will provide training courses for PROFIBUS and PROFINET on various itsme-locations in the Netherlands. The offer includes free product training, Troubleshooting & Maintenance training and PI International Certified Engineer and Installer courses.