PROFIdrive is the leading, vendor-neutral Motion Control technology, developed and continuously supported by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International. PROFIdrive interfaces different drives from different vendors to the plants or machines communication system.



PROFIdrive technology is available in different application classes to allow best performance in applications with various requirements:

Pumps are used in many industrial sectors, from chemicals and pharmaceticals to oil & gas, food, mining and water and wastewater. In all applications, reliable, efficient operation is critical for continuous and variable-speed pumps in any case.

are used in many applications, in building systems as well as in areas such as water and wastewater, paper, mining, chemicals etc. Energy efficency and low-noise operation are important criteria.

have many applications such as air conditioning and refrigeration systems, chemicals, oil & gas, water and wastewater etc. They convey and compress gases of any pressure; besides requirements for efficiency, the availability of a high energy density play a decisive role.

In all industries, applications for variable-speed drives exist: conveying, sorting, warehousing, and picking. For conveying, integrated productivity is a key success factor for cost-effective material flow control or highly accurate positioning etc.
Positioning applications are required in the packaging industry, for logistics, or in laboratory and medical engineering. These applications require variable-speed drives to handle all positioning functions as well as control of both synchronous servo motors and asynchronous motors
Multi-axis motion control is one of the fastest growing aspects of automation and includes processes such as printing machines, CNC machines, lathes and textile manufacturing.

Basics, standardization and communication

PROFIdrive technology uses its own functionalities and those of its sister technologies PROFIBUS, PROFINET, PROFIsafe and PROFIenergy to provide optimal solutions to all of the different application areas (see below).
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PROFIdrive is standardized in IEC 61800-7 and recommended by enduser organisations such as OMAC and VIK/NAMUR. It also complies with the integrated safety functions according to
IEC 61800-5-2 (see below)

PROFIdrive can be used with either the fieldbus-based PROFIBUS or the industrial ethernet-based PROFINET communication technology without any change of its functional content, just be adapting the mapping. Thus, when drives are used with PROFIBUS or PROFINET, it is possible to expand equipment and machines at any time. Because devices of different manufactureres on the same bus are fully compatible, these technologies ensure flexible and future-proof solutions.

Integrated safety by adding PROFIsafe

The market shows a clear trend towards drives that offer integrated safety. This offers an advantage in that there is no longer any need for external monitoring devices reducing wiring and saving space. From this point of view, PROFIdrive and PROFIsafe are the perfect complements to each other. Together, the two profiles create a unified whole that can be used for controlling safety functions and standard drive functions via the same bus through the black channel concept. Drive technology fits in seamlessly here with the integrated safety functions according to IEC 61800-5-2.

Wireless applications

As with other PROFIBUS and PROFINET products, drives can also be used with-out difficulty in wireless applications by integrating them via Industrial WLAN gateways.