Industry 4.0 to feature prominently at joint PI booth

A new demo machine at the joint PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) booth (Hall 2, Stand 220/221) will be exhibiting Industry 4.0 use cases at the SPS PIC Drives trade show in Nuremberg, Germany from November 22 – 24, 2016. A CNC-controlled cutter for manufacturing individualized desk-top stand-up displays will be vividly demonstrating the interaction of IT and OT using web/OPC UA technologies. PROFINET will be handling machine communication in its time-tested way.

Another highlight at the joint PI stand will be a new PROFIsafe model, which will show how machines can work either self-sufficiently or together. The live demo will illustrate how three machines with different fail-safe controllers can work together in a single system. The device demo includes optical and electromagnetic sensors, drives, controllers, gateways and F-IO modules.

The IO-Link Community can look forward to record participation, as it will be presenting more devices than ever before at the joint PI booth. With 220 devices from 48 manufacturers, the IO-Link Community will be exhibiting a variety of new innovations and offering users even more advantages and an ever-increasing spectrum of products.

Users will find the new centralized, cross-manufacturer database for device descriptions of IO-Link devices (IODD) of particular interest. The new IODDfinder contains the IODDs of the various manufacturers and enables users and IO-Link configuration tools to have centralized access to IODDs. A prototypical implementation will illustrate the capabilities of IODDfinder using various different IO-Link devices.

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By: Weber