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FieldComm Group and The Open Group Process Automation Forum announce liaison agreement
March 05, 2019

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

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 model specification (PA-DIM)
February 06, 2019

FieldComm Group announces OPC Foundation (OPCF) endorsement of process automation device information model specification (PA-DIM)

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).

PROCENTEC announces opening of Manchester, UK office
January 18, 2018

PROCENTEC announces opening of Manchester, UK office

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.

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PROCENTEC announces training cooperation with itsme group
November 02, 2017

PROCENTEC announces training cooperation with itsme group

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.

Hilscher plans introduction of 'coupler' between CC-Link IE and PROFINET
August 23, 2017

Hilscher plans introduction of 'coupler' between CC-Link IE and PROFINET

With the new coupler, users can effectively achieve communication between differing parts of a line on separate networks, increasing transparency and integration.

Alicat announces Modbus TCP/IP compatibility to its line of flow, pressure & liquid instrumentation
August 09, 2017

Alicat announces Modbus TCP/IP compatibility to its line of flow, pressure & liquid instrumentation

The option allows PLCs running the Modbus industrial automation protocol to connect to Alicat instruments over Ethernet cable.

Comtrol announces OPC-UA support for IO-Link Master family of products
May 24, 2017

Comtrol announces OPC-UA support for IO-Link Master family of products

Comtrol’s IO-Link Masters are available in three industrial Ethernet protocols: EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and PROFINET IO, which are all capable of running OPC UA with MultiLink.

Hilscher announces participation in IIC Time Sensitive Networking testbed
May 03, 2017

Hilscher announces participation in IIC Time Sensitive Networking testbed

The target is to offer TSN as firmware upgrade to the users of netX technologies. Hilscher developed a firmware upgrade for TSN which can turn a standard real-time ethernet device into a TSN enabled device.

PI North America adds Softing's Jeff Besola to Board of Directors
February 23, 2017

PI North America adds Softing's Jeff Besola to Board of Directors

Besola is the Senior VP of Global Sales for Softing. The Board voted unanimously to approve Mr. Besola’s nomination, and he will attend his first board meeting next month.

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CC-Link Partner Association and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International announce interoperability specification
December 07, 2016

CC-Link Partner Association and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International announce interoperability specification

The new specification builds on an initial announcement at the 2015 SPS/IPC/Drives fair, where both network organizations promised to maximize the transparency between the two protocols.

PI North America announces GE's Rich Carpenter as newest board member
November 16, 2016

PI North America announces GE's Rich Carpenter as newest board member

Carpenter is responsible for leading GE's automation controls strategy. Prior to this position, Carpenter was Chief of Product Strategy for GE Intelligent Platforms’ Software and Services business.

PI North America concludes first PROFINET Plugfest
August 10, 2016

PI North America concludes first PROFINET Plugfest

Thirty-five engineers from thirteen companies brought six controllers and thirty I/O devices to the plugfest. Participating companies included Balluff, Cisco, Hilscher, Innovasic, Molex, Mynah, Phoenix Contact, ProSoft, Siemens, Teledyne DALSA, TR Electronic, Turck, Yaskawa, and Lapp USA.

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FieldComm Group announces agreements in support of Field Device Integration technology
June 22, 2016

FieldComm Group announces agreements in support of Field Device Integration technology

These activities align with FieldComm Group’s mission to drive adoption of FDI technology to become the global standard for field device integration, independent of underlying device protocols.

Siemens upgrades Ruggedcom Elan software suite
June 08, 2016

Siemens upgrades Ruggedcom Elan software suite

Elan enables protocol conversion and data concentration within SCADA networks. The latest version 8.5 offers enhanced usability and even greater stability.

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Industrial Automation BEIJING 2016: Solid growth for Chinese smart manufacturing
May 26, 2016

Industrial Automation BEIJING 2016: Solid growth for Chinese smart manufacturing

The International Intelligent Manufacturing Conference, on Wednesday, May 11, compared China’s “Made in China 2025”, Germany’s “Industry 4.0” and the United States’ “Industrial Internet” initiatives.

EtherNet/IP leads Industrial network market shares
February 10, 2016

EtherNet/IP leads Industrial network market shares

HMS says Industrial Ethernet is growing faster than before and now accounts for 38% of the market. EtherNet/IP is in first place within industrial Ethernet globally.

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CLPA and PI to cooperate on IIoT
December 07, 2015

CLPA and PI to cooperate on IIoT

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) will collaborate with the objective of promoting and disseminating the use of open industrial networks.

November 24, 2015

Endress+Hauser starts Open Integration partner program

The program includes AUMA, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt, Honeywell Process Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, R. STAHL and Schneider Electric.

PI North America adds Barry Lynch to board of directors
October 13, 2015

PI North America adds Barry Lynch to board of directors

Lynch is Global Marketing Director at GE’s Intelligent Platforms business.

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August 31, 2015

Harting adds Profinet to all products

All existing and new products for Ethernet applications from Harting conform with the requirements for the use of PROFINET.

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PROCENTEC opens office in Brescia, Italy
July 20, 2015

PROCENTEC opens office in Brescia, Italy

The office in Brescia, northern Italy, will serve the Italian PROFIBUS and PROFINET market.

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Industrial networking trends point to global expansion
April 23, 2015

Industrial networking trends point to global expansion

Industrial Ethernet Book
According to HMS, PROFIBUS remains the most widely used industrial network globally but several networks are closing up. PROFINET and EtherNet/IP compete for first place within industrial Ethernet and no network consolidation is in sight—and there’s no mention of Foundation Fieldbus…at all.

Deutschmann promotes Dominik Litzinger to Head of Software Development
March 24, 2015

Deutschmann promotes Dominik Litzinger to Head of Software Development

The computer science master and system electronics engineer has been working as a developer for the automation manufacturer since 2009.

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Profinet claims 10 million devices installed
March 23, 2015

Profinet claims 10 million devices installed

4 million PROFIsafe nodes and 50 million PROFIBUS devices have been installed

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A stepped approach to securing automation systems
March 21, 2015

A stepped approach to securing automation systems

Control Engineering Europe
By Frithjof Klasen, PROFIBUS
PI has been dealing with the issue of security for some time. PI developed the ‘Security Guideline for PROFINET,’ which specifies ideas and concepts on how security solutions can be implemented and which security solutions should be implemented.

HMS Anybus CompactCom certified for PROFINET 2.31
March 14, 2015

HMS Anybus CompactCom certified for PROFINET 2.31

Anybus CompactCom 40-series passed certification for PROFINET Version 2.31, certified for use with the highest conformance class (C) as well as the highest netload class (III).

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Deutschmann UNIGATE gateways certified for Profinet
March 03, 2015

Deutschmann UNIGATE gateways certified for Profinet

The entire Deutschmann Automation UNIGATE series for Profinet is now certified according to Profinet specifications.

HMS ranks Industrial networks
January 22, 2015

HMS ranks Industrial networks

PROFIBUS is number one but PROFINET and EtherNet/IP are catching up.

FieldComm and PI find a home for FDI technology
November 07, 2014

FieldComm and PI find a home for FDI technology

FDI Cooperation, FieldComm Group and Profibus & Profinet International gave FDI to the FieldComm Group.

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Innovasic certifies RapID Ethernet Solution for PROFINET v2.31
October 13, 2014

Innovasic certifies RapID Ethernet Solution for PROFINET v2.31

The RapID Platform with the fido5000 REM Switch chip has been certified to PROFINET v2.31 for Class B and Class C devices.

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UL Certifies Moxa EDR-810 Router for Hazardous Locations
July 28, 2014

UL Certifies Moxa EDR-810 Router for Hazardous Locations

Moxa received Class 1, Div. 2 certification from UL for its EDR-810 industrial multiport router, qualifying it for safe use in oil and gas refineries, offshore platforms, fueling stations, and other areas containing volatile liquids, gases or vapors.

Profichip celebrates its 15th anniversary
July 21, 2014

Profichip celebrates its 15th anniversary

In 1999, Wolfgang Seel founded the company and initially developed microchips for the PROFIBUS system – one of the most important bus systems in the automation industry.

Most used Ethernet protocols
July 18, 2014

Most used Ethernet protocols

Control Engineering
According to a Control Engineering Study of 16 Ethernet protocols, the leading responses were EtherNet/IP at 72%, TCP/IP and UDP at 67%, followed by Modbus TCP, Profinet and EtherCAT.

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May 14, 2014

Sigthsys signs Port as distributor in Germany

Sightsys provides stacks, libraries, tools and services for CANopen, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT and POWERLINK.

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April 30, 2014

Trebing + Himstedt sells Industrial Communication portfolio to Softing

The product portfolio that Softing Industrial Automation acquired includes solutions for monitoring industrial networks, incljuding PROFIBUS, PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet.

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PI North America appoints Ken Hoover to its board
April 07, 2014

PI North America appoints Ken Hoover to its board

Ken Hoover is President of Softing North America.

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Deutschmann gateways certified for PROFINET version 2.25
March 18, 2014

Deutschmann gateways certified for PROFINET version 2.25

Deutschmann attained certification to the current PROFINET 2.2 and GSDML 2.25 specifications for the UNIGATE IC and UNIGATE CL series.

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Softing achieves PROFINET Net Load Class III rating
January 30, 2014

Softing achieves PROFINET Net Load Class III rating

Softing's PROFINET device implementation has passed the Class III category of the "Net Load Test" performed by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI).

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More industrial Ethernet spending, more productivity
December 17, 2013

More industrial Ethernet spending, more productivity

Control Engineering
By Mark Hoske
Control Engineering research on industrial Ethernet shows that half of respondents expect to spend more in the next 12 months. Most used Ethernet protocols among respondents were EtherNet/IP, TCP/IP and UDP, Modbus TCP, Profinet, and EtherCAT.

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HMS introduces IXXAT Safe IEC 61508-based communications solutions
October 29, 2013

HMS introduces IXXAT Safe IEC 61508-based communications solutions

With IXXAT Safe, HMS offers a product family under the IXXAT brand for fast, cost-effective implementation of safe communications solutions for Profinet and Ethernet/IP.

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