PI publishes white paper "PROFINET in Context"
PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) is publishing a new white paper demonstrating the versatility of PROFINET in a wide variety of applications. The publication demonstrates the strength of PROFINET as a universal Ethernet-based communication system. It is this attribute that makes PROFINET such a market success story. The number of installed PROFINET nodes published in March of 2009 backs this up. By the end of 2008, a notary-certified 1.6 million nodes were in use. This corresponds to an increase of 40% compared to the end of 2007.
The white paper names a host of applications in which PROFINET has been proven and established. The white paper also describes the factors for success responsible for PROFINET's rapid growth. The most important include scalable real-time capability, standardized integration of fieldbuses, the use of wireless communication and the availability of profiles, especially PROFIsafe and PROFIdrive. These features, combined with the flexibility of the Ethernet and IT standards, are the driving force behind PROFINET's success. PROFINET is being given another boost thanks to current efforts by manufacturing companies to both reduce energy costs and increase competitiveness through more efficient automation solutions. These activities will result in the new energy saving profile "PROFIenergy".
The white paper is available for download free of charge at the PI website