The INTERBUS Club Germany and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) Germany have reached a mutual decision to integrate the Interbus technology into PI. The decision was made at the annual general members assembly of the organizations at this year's Hanover Fair.
With end-users a dramatic shift in fieldbus technologies in the Ethernet direction can be observed. For this reason, the INTERBUS Club made an earlier decision to rely on PROFINET for its future Ethernet-based standard and to create an optimal integration concept within the relevant working groups of PI. Since furthermore the INTERBUS technology has been fully developed, the members of the INTERBUS CLUB have decided to transfer the technology to PI and to disband the organization once its mission has been achieved.
Stefan Körte, current first Chairman of the INTERBUS Club emphasized: “The easy and economical integration into PROFINET will ensure that the investments of users in INTERBUS technology are protected.” PI Chairman Joerg Freitag added: “PI has established itself as market leader among Ethernet-based systems in recent years with more than 3 million devices currently installed. The recent migration from INTERBUS to PROFINET makes the integration of the technology into PI a logical move.”
Since its founding more than 20 years ago, the INTERBUS Club has promoted further development of the INTERBUS system and has successfully established this system in the market as a fully developed technology with active participation of its members. INTERBUS is standardized in IEC 61158 and IEC 61784 and is currently in use in numerous applications worldwide.