PROFIBUS Cracks the 20 Million Barrier
More than 20 million PROFIBUS nodes are now on the market around the world! The doubling of installed nodes from 10 to 20 million as announced by PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) at the beginning of 2004 and predicted to occur by the end of 2007 was already achieved in April 2007, i.e. 8 months earlier than planned. This development impressively confirms the market leadership of PROFIBUS in all branches of industrial automation.
This figure demonstrates the significance of PROFIBUS for all companies that supply products and solutions for industrial automation. This also confirms the benefit of PROFIBUS as an im-portant basis for the economic success of these companies on various markets.
Such a success is the occasion for a forecast of future trends. Edgar Küster, PI Chairman, predicts that PROFIBUS will enjoy uninterrupted growth: ?We are continuing to attend to the constant growth of the world?s most accepted fieldbus system. At the same time, we are also smoothing the path for a simple changeover to PROFINET. With the simultaneous availability of PROFIBUS and PROFINET solutions, the customer can freely decide when the right point for him to change over has come.?
Success is based, on the one hand, on the unique selling proposition that PROFIBUS can be used for all industrial automation applications. The spectrum ranges from factory automation to mo-tion control applications and process automation. On the other hand, with its 25 regional organi-sations (RPA) and 1,400 members, PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) is represented on all global markets. The dense network of PI Competence Centers and PI Training Centers guarantees high quality support when it comes to the propagation and use of PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies.