PROFIBUS International has set up a new working group called ?Integration of INTERBUS? to facilitate the integration of INTERBUS fieldbus technology and PROFINET.
The working group is preparing a specification that will adapt the PROFINET ?proxy? concept to allow the integration of INTERBUS systems into PROFINET architectures. The specification will also include the required engineering. A draft specification is expected to be completed by end of September 2004.
The working group consists of specialists from PROFIBUS International and the INTERBUS Club. The Chairman is Dr. Jürgen Jasperneite of Phoenix Contact.
The proxy solution allows INTERBUS users to easily benefit from the next-generation Ethernet-based automation strategies offered by PROFINET. It provides a secure investment protection path for INTERBUS users. With respectively 10 million and 6.5 million nodes PROFIBUS and INTERBUS have the highest installed basis of all fieldbus solutions. Markets experts are there-fore expecting PROFINET to be the market leader for Ethernet-based automation systems in the future.