For the globally acting PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) organization the Asian economic region has become increasingly important in recent years. Above all, the development of the market in China for the PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies has gained in importance. PROFIBUS is more successful in China than ever. Leading market research firms report PROFIBUS as the most widely used fieldbus. To increase acceptance, PI has long pursued a strategy of promoting development of not only international standards but also local, country-specific industry standards. This is especially important in China. In 2006, PROFIBUS was the first well-known fieldbus to achieve the status of a national standard (GB/T), which contributed significantly to its installed market base. Now there are numerous applications in a wide range of production automation and process automation industries. This course was also taken at an early stage with PROFINET, which achieved the status of GB/T in 2014.
The standardization provides stable requirements for manufacturers and users. Local support is another key ingredient for success. This applies to device manufacturers in their implementation of protocols in I/Os, controllers, drives, etc., and to users in their use of devices in their own systems and machines. PI relies on local support here as well. Today, it boasts a generous offer of Chinese Competence Centers. This assures prompt support in the national language with no loss of time due to time zones. Additionally a test lab has been established for PROFIBUS and PROFINET in China, where local certification meeting the same high-quality standards is offered for Chinese products.
But it is worthwhile not only for device manufacturers to invest in PI technology. Machine manufacturers and end users also benefit from this. Through its global network of Regional PI Associations (RPAs) and the corresponding Competency Centers, PI offers machine manufacturers and end users a stable, future-proof platform for offering and operating their machines and systems around the world. They then have the advantage of not having to equip their machines and systems for Asia with different bus technologies. In China, in particular, PI has established a successful market with PROFIBUS und PROFINET.
After meeting its goals for standardization, PI will now concentrate its future efforts on further expanding the installed base of its technology. In doing so, special emphasis will be placed on training Accordingly, the schedule for 2015 again includes Technology Roadshows, where developers, engineers and commissioning engineers will be trained in using PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Activities for establishing an accredited training center are underway, in order to establish local training opportunities for users in their native language on an ongoing basis.