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IVG Quick Testeer

VG-Göhringer has released its brand new PQ-T 10 PROFIBUS Quick Tester which, they say, is an easy-to-handle and favorably-priced diagnostic tool that can be plugged in anywhere in a PROFIBUS network. It’s similar in size to a PROFIBUS plug and is non-reactive to network activity. Critical conditions like retries, illegal responses, sync and diagnostic messages are signalled by a LED. The potential-free relay output can be used as a status signal. According to results it is possible to define relevant actions to optimize the PROFIBUS installation. This can obviate the use of additional diagnostic tools, network troubleshooting or permanent monitoring of the network. IVG-Göhringer will provide full support. IVG 

TDr Klaus Topfer delivering the keynote address at the 2011 PI Conferencehe 2011 PI Conference took place in Karlsruhe, Germany, in February. Entitled 'Automation and Energy Efficiency', the keynote address was delivered by Dr. Klaus Töpfer (right), who set the scene with a speech about energy in the modern world. The first afternoon focused on PI's unique PROFIenergy profile which allows automation devices to be managed for optimum energy efficiency over a PROFINET network. Energy efficiency cropped up in many of the presentations, which included three end user experiences based on the automotive (AUDI), process (BASF) and mechanical handling (J A Becker) industries. The conference included two Podium Discussions - one on energy efficiency in automation and the other on Ethernet in process automation - and a series of parallel sessions covering all aspects of PROFINET and PROFIBUS, including wireless and safety. FULL REPORT HERE.

Delta Computer Systems has introduced a PROFINET IO communications option for its RMC150 multi-axis motion controllers. Users who switch from Delta's existing PROFIBUS DP solution (a special module) to PROFINET IO (now embedded with the CPU) can therefore enjoy more value from their purchase. PROFINET IO is used for millisecond level cyclic data exchange between IO-Controllers and IO-Devices, and acyclic data transactions for large blocks of configuration data such as CAM table data. DELTA COMPUTER SYSTEMS

HMS Industrial Networks, a global niche leader in industrial connectivity solutions, announces the certification of its US office as a PI Competence Center.  This is a second PICC for HMS.  HMS

There's still time to take part in our survey about PROFINET. Help us understand what PROFINET means to you and your markets and you could win an iPod Nano, an iPod Shuffle or a free copy of Manfred Popp's excellent book 'Industrial Communication with PROFINET'!

 

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Plug-based PROFINET proxy from HilscherThe dot marking system MARKER3000 made by ADT of Germany has been sold for years to the automotive industry with a PROFIBUS interface. But things are changing and most of the well known car manufacturers in Europe are switching to PROFINET.

This posed some challenges for ADT since MAKER3000 is a sophisticated device sold in small numbers - maybe 20 per year. A new bus interface would take about half a year of development and an investment of perhaps $40,000 including certification. Fortunately, Hilscher provided a handy alternative with its netLINK PROXY module.

netLINK PROXY is a device that turns any PROFIBUS slave into a PROFINET device in minutes. Like an ordinary fieldbus plug it is mounted directly on the slave’s PROFIBUS interface. The output is an RJ45 port for PROFINET.

“We are very happy to have netLINK PROXY as an interim solution," said Johann Krutsch CEO of ADT

. "It tides over the period required for our PROFINET development and, to be honest, with a price of just $150 it was hard to give our own PROFINET development a ‘go’ at all. To PROXY or not to PROXY was really the question”. HILSCHER

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Paula Doyle of PI MIddle EastPaula Doyle writes: "Greetings from the UAE! Interest in the PROFIBUS Association Middle East is growing and we have been getting great feedback from the region. A recent visit to one of the largest global Oil and Gas exhibitions, ADIPEC, showed the importance of PROBUS in this market with many vendors showcasing PROFIBUS products on their stands. Plans are going ahead to formally launch the organization in the near future and there are certified training sessions planned in Dubai for December, March and May. We plan to establish regional Competence Centers that can cover our large geographical area and I'm pleased to announce that we have three strong candidates in the UAE, Saudi Arabia & Lebanon. As always - if you would like further information, or would like to share some wisdom, please get in touch at middle.east(at)profibus(dot)com"

The 2011 PI Conference is to be hosted by PNO on February 15-16 at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Conference will be dedicated to 'Automation and Energy Efficiency' and 

a full program has now been published covering technology sessions, panel discussions and the real world experiences of end users.

Specific topics include PROFINET in factory and process automation, PROFIenergy, drives with PROFIBUS and PROFINET, life cycle management with PROFIBUS PA, functional safety with PROFIsafe, sensor/actuator communication with IO-Link, wireless communications, and device integration and system engineering.

There will be a mini-exhibition running alongside the event and a series of live demos. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former German Federal Minister for the Environment.  All sessions will be in German. For more information, and to download the program, please VISIT THIS PAGE.

TH SCOPE, a unified diagnostics solution for monitoring PROFIBUS, PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet networks, has been voted runner-up in the recent Automation Awards 2010.  TREBING+HIMSTEDT

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SEMICON FAIR IN JAPANThe Japanese PROFIBUS Organization (JPO) attended the SEMICON Japan Fair in December 2010 in Chiba, near Tokyo. SEMICON is the semiconductor industry exhibition and it attracted about 66,000 visitors. JPO has participated for the last 9 years and customers recognize and respect the long lifetime of PROFIBUS and the continuous promotion activities of JPO. With the cooperation of 16 member companies,

JPO presented a demonstration comprising 35 PROFIBUS and PROFINET devices. Experts from these companies also supported the booth to meet visitors and answer questions. WWW.JP.PROFIBUS.COM

Joerg Freitag at a recent Standards meeting in ChinaIn November 2010, the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC) adopted both PROFINET IO and PROFIdrive as Chinese national standards (PROFINET IO: GB/Z 25105.1–.3-2010 and PROFIdrive: GB/Z 25740.1–.2-2010).

The occasion was honored by an official ceremony at the offices of the Minister in Beijing in the presence of more than 50 high-ranking representatives. Experts have already begun preparing PROFINET IO, PROFIsafe and PROFIdrive for full GB/T Standard status. PROFIsafe is already GB/Z.

PROFIBUS achieved GB/T status in 2006 and is currently experiencing unprecedented growth in China. Rapid growth for PROFINET is now expected. Our picture shows PI Chairman Jörg  Freitag speaking at the Standards meeting.

PROFINET for PROCESS

The 'PROFINET for Process Automation' application profile has been published, enabling PROFINET to be targeted at both manufacturing and process environments - just like PROFIBUS.

Four key aspects of Process Automation are incorporated: the integration of existing fieldbuses; configuration in run; time synchronization and time stamping; scalable redundancy.

With immediate effect manufacturers can implement these functions into PROFINET devices for process automation, smoothing the way for cost-optimized solutions and better investment protection.

The mechanisms underlying the profile have been included in Specification V2.3. This new PROFINET specification also includes functions for high performance applications.

PI members can download the specification HERE.

Non-members contact info(at)profibus(dot)com for a quote.

A new LinkedIn group has been set up to act as a focal point for all kinds of discussions about the topic of PROFINET, how it works and how it can be used. The group is moderated jointly by Dolf van Eendenberg in the Netherlands and Carl Henning in North America so a global outlook is aimed for. Registration is free. Visit the PROFINET Group on LinkedIn.

Visit the All Things PROFINET web site above to find out why PROFINET is the best featured, most powerful Industrial Ethernet available. Now with ADDED 'Product Showcase' for even greater power!

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                                                           Jörg Freitag, PI Chairman

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Brazilian PROFIBUS and PROFINET seminarsDuring September and October 2010, RPA Brazil organized a series of seminars about PROFIBUS

/PROFINET for users, integrators and engineering companies. The goal was to present the fundamentals and principles of PROFIBUS such as interoperability and highlight that PROFINET is a leading protocol for implementing Industrial Ethernet that can help bring IT standards to the plant floor. There were three events - held in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Curitiba - with an average of 70 attendees. One aim was to present technological resources and development tools for PROFINET. The events were conducted by the RPA Directors and an expert in PROFINET from Germany. BRAZIL

In industry a large number of 4-20mA transmitters are compatible with the HART protocol and in some cases these devices are connected to the control system via a PROFIBUS networked remote I/O stations.

A remote I/O can diagnose whether the 4-20mA HART signal is within its limits - i.e. locate a wire break - however it does not in itself allow any real connectivity to the device. In the absence of a HART multiplexer, these devices are only configurable using a handheld communicator or a HART modem. Unlike PROFIBUS PA instruments that can be viewed in multidrop mode, this necessitates connecting to each device separately in order to set the desired parameters. The result is that the user must go into the field to do a job that can otherwise be undertaken from the control room.

The problem can be resolved however if the HART bypass capability of the remote I/O station such as STAHL IS1 is utilized. This is a commonly unused capability of HART devices connected to remote I/O stations. Gateways such as Endress+Hauser's Fieldgate FXA720 in combination with Fieldcare from E+H facilitate such a process and can be connected to the internet allowing communication with the HART devices over PROFIBUS network from any location in the world. For fuller details of this technique please email info(at)profibus(dot)ie

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With PROFIBUS, the use of manufacturer-specific description files means that users have to replace a process field device with an identical one. The recent introduction of PROFIBUS PA Device Profile 3.02 changes all this as a new field device can now automatically assume the device version of an older device without any interruption to the process. The replacement device thus presents itself to the control system as its predecessor, even though it may be 10 years more advanced.

This brings some valuable benefits. During a subsequent planned shutdown, the new functionality can be integrated by updating the description file. The same applies to the integration of an EDD or a DTM during a device replacement. It is also possible with Device Profile 3.02 for a new device to assume the functionality of several predecessor versions.

Device Profile 3.02 has recently undergone tests at BIS Prozesstechnik in Frankfurt, where one of the world's largest multi-vendor fieldbus test installations (see right) is installed. The laboratory is also a test center for EMC and actuator technology (SIL, CE, TA-Luft), a PI Competence Center (PICC) for PROFIBUS, and a Fieldbus Foundation Center of Excellence.

In the Profile 3.02 tests, two scenarios were considered: first, the replacement of an existing device while the process was running and, second, the display of status signals according to NE 107. Two field devices – a Samson actuator and an Endress+Hauser head transmitter – were tested in combination with five different control systems from Siemens, ABB, and Schneider. Three types of segment coupler were also included in the tests.

To start, a PA device assembly was configured and commissioned for each control system. Each was then replaced with a newer version. The cyclic transfer of measured values and the status of the measured value were monitored. The tests also included the mapping of specific diagnostic information onto four standardized categories according to NAMUR Recommendation 107. Different error scenarios were simulated. All tests were successfully passed.

Profile 3.02 can also handle faster uploading of parameters for optimizing transmission times. Different quantities of data must be transferred depending on the phase in the life cycle of a field device. Thus, a portion of the parameters must be adapted during commissioning, another portion during subsequent maintenance activities, and a large portion during device replacement. Depending on the functionality of the device, it is not unusual to deal with 300 parameters. The new PA Profile 3.02 optimizes the transfer by grouping parameters. This allows the transfer times to be reduced many times over (5- to 10-fold, depending on the data quantity). These functions are not yet available in devices so further testing will be carried out later.

Take our survey and tell us what you think about PROFINETPI is undertaking a worldwide survey about PROFINET. We want to know what you think about it. Are you using it yet? How do you rate its efficiency? It will take you no more than 5 minutes to answer a few key questions on-line here, and in that time you could help us improve the relevance of PROFINET to your needs. (link to come here).

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The special capabilities needed by PROFINET to make it fully acceptable to the process industries are being specified now by PI Working Groups and nearing review. They should be released early in 2011. PROFINET supplements PROFIBUS in hazardous environments by providing a high-speed, high-bandwidth backbone for PROFIBUS PA (and other networks) while providing immediate connectivity for drives and discrete IO. The specialist process automation requirements being addressed are: Proxies, 'Configuration in Run' (CiR), Time Sync / Time Stamping and Scalable Redundancy. PI North America member GE is participating in the Working Groups to help develop these capabilities.

Planning GuidelinePI has published a 'PROFIBUS Guideline for Planning'. It's the third of a three volume 'Installation Guide'. The first two volumes - 'Cabling and Assembly Guideline' and 'Commissioning Guideline' - have been available for sometime. The volumes cover PROFIBUS DP and PROFIBUS PA. In addition to providing support for the plant topology definition, the guideline covers the selection of cable types and plug connectors, the planning of copper and optical transmission lines, tips for estimating bus cycle times and information regarding shielding and grounding. There's also a template for planning and documenting plants. A pdf is available here for free download.

A new White Paper from HMS gives a quick overview of PROFINET and points out what needs to be taken into account for a successful migration from PROFIBUS to PROFINET. It shows the main differences between the two and points out their common ground. It also gives a basic overview of the key functions and features of PROFINET without getting lost in bits and bytes. The White Paper is available in English here.

As the fourth biggest passenger-car seller in China, Chery Automobile China, is enjoying great success. It is upgrading its transfer press line and increasing throughput by adopting state-of-the-art safety systems. PROFINET with integrated PROFIsafe is being used for automating the feeders between the individual press stages, based on Siemens SIMATIC safety products. PROFINET IRT is employed to enable virtual real-time communication within the system and to synchronize the feeders within one millisecond. CBE 20 communication processors with integrated ERTEC chips ensure that the SINAMICS converters respond equally quickly. PROFIsafe meets the strict European safety requirements of SIL 3 (Safety Integrity Level 3). The PROFINET bus architecture is open and can be enhanced at any time. No separate bus structures or cable systems are required for the safety-specific functions or for the drive synchronization. Thanks to the uniform bus structure of the system controller, drives and peripheral systems, Chery is able to reap considerable savings. The whole system runs on a single platform, resulting in significant cost reductions for engineering, commissioning, maintenance and ongoing production. It has helped Chery increase throughput by 15% compared with manual systems. SIEMENS

White Paper story here. HMS 

The Genoa Fieldbus Competence Centre (GFCC) is a new PI Competence Centre

(PICC) in Italy. GFCC is based in Genoa and is a spin-off from Genoa University. It has been founded by

Alberto Sibono

. In charge are Prof. Paolo Pinceti and Dr.Ing. Micaela Caserza Magro of Genoa University.

GFCC operates in the fieldbus and industrial automation sector, providing high added-value services ranging from audit and certified training to the on-site diagnosis of industrial networks. Some of its activities are oriented towards research, as its academic origins suggest.

GFCC is a PI Competence Centre for PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS PA and PROFINET and is staffed by three Certified PROFINET Engineers, three Certified PROFIBUS Engineers and one Certified PROFIBUS PA Engineer having more than 20 years of experience in fieldbus communications. GFCC can operate in Italian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese languages.

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The Swedish PROFIBUS/PROFINET Group is now preparing for the Scanautomatic Fair in Gothenburg 26-28 October. With help from PI Chairman Joerg Freitag the aim is to show Scandinavian industry how PROFIenergy can save money and the environment! With seminars and a product display in a large booth the Group expects visitors to attend from Norway and Denmark too, thanks to the short distance between Gothenburg, Oslo and Copenhagen. SWEDEN

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France event held at GDF SUEZ60 people attended PROFIBUS and PROFINET workshops in Paris and Lyon recently. Members of the French Association presented the latest innovations offered by PROFIBUS & PROFINET in terms of interchangeability of instruments, the PROFIBUS PA 3.02 profile, energy savings with PROFIenergy, isochronism using PROFINET IRT and safety with PROFIsafe. Q&A sessions allowed participants to leave with a good understanding of these topics. Participants in Paris also visited a PROFIBUS installation at GDF SUEZ (where the event took place). PowerPoint presentations are available at FRANCE. If you want to be informed of future exhibitions and workshops please email: france(at)profibus(dot)com

An Executive Board meeting was held in January and in February 

the Association held training sessions at the plant of a major and user

covering the configuration and installation of PROFIBUS. The Association also attended the Feicana 2011 Fair, which is targeted at the sugar and alcohol market. Presentations about PROFIBUS technology were given. In February, another edition of the Brazilian PROFINEWS is being published. WWW.BR.PROFIBUS.COM

Belden PROFIBUS DP connectorsThese new PROFIBUS DP connectors have a D-Sub and M12 interface with 35°, 90° or 180° cable outlets. All versions support data rates of up to 12 Mbit/s and feature compact die-cast zinc housings with test socket and active terminating resistor. They also boast quick-connection technology that needs no tools.  The 9-pole D-Sub interfaces of the male and female connectors can connect high-level control systems, decentralized I/O stations, programming units or diagnostic devices. The B-coded M12 interfaces serve as a PROFIBUS input or output and signals can be daisy-chained via the output. BELDEN

Balluff RFID systems based on IO-LinkBalluff BIS M series RFID systems now feature an IO-Link interface. Up to four read/write heads can be integrated into the control level "plug and play" using an IO-Link Master, with no additional managing unit. With a large variety of rugged data carrier types and read/write heads systems operate without contact and are wear-free. They are ideal wherever low data amounts are needed for traceability. Specially designed for harsh environments, the systems provide virtually unlimited read/write cycles for flexible, fast communication even over long distances. BALLUFF

Softing Evaluation Kit for PROFINETSofting has a new evaluation kit for integrating PROFINET into devices. The hardware consists of a base board and an Altera Cyclone III FPGA module which provides huge flexibility. Various peripheral interfaces are available to test different integration possibilities. Today, the product supports PROFINET IO Device Conformance Class A and B. Support of Conformance Class C will be available next year. A PLC program for communicating with the Evaluation Kit, example programs and documentation are included. The protocol software is portable and can be used in other environments. SOFTING

E+H UV SensorEndress+Hauser has a new UV sensor and Memograph transmitter with built-in PROFIBUS connectivity for the in-line measurement of UV absorption. A built-in reference channel and an optimized measuring filter permit extremely precise, linear and reproducible measurement. The Easycal sensor system and the precision optical path length adjustment tool allow liquid-free in-line calibration. Available are FM and ATEX approved lamp housings for hazardous area applications. ENDRESS + HAUSER.

tREBING + hIMSTEDT Diagnosis for PROFINET and PROFINETThis software package enables PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks to be monitored with one solution. The concept is comprised of a web-based software tool and a network access point which is available for fixed installation or for mobile use.  Intuitive handling, protocol-independent diagnosis functionalities and uniform views make using the package really simple. An automatic alert allows short reaction times in case of failures. Diagnosis information is available directly or can be integrated into higher-level applications via OPC. The package will be presented at SPS/IPC/DRIVES in November. TREBING + HIMSTEDT

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Mesco TesterThis hand-held IO-Link EMC Tester tests IO-Link Master and Devices. It counts erroneous and missing telegrams. Different IO-Link output stages may be plugged in dependent on whether a Device or a Master is being tested. Operating state, error counters and baud rates are displayed via LED and LCD displays. Battery operation is possible, or an external 24V source can be used. MESCO

LEUZE BAR CODE READERLeuze’s newest barcode reader in the BCL500 family includes a PROFINET port. Claimed as a a 'world first' it's fully configurable over the network to give faster setup and the ability to hot-swap a damaged reader. A choice of protocols provides quick and easy implementation and an integrated web-server is also provided. All BCL500 types include barcode reconstruction technology which can rebuild a barcode from partial codes from multiple scans, making it able to read damaged codes. LEUZE

On 12. March 2010 the first ever PROFIBUS Product Developer Workshop took place in Shenzen, in the south of China. The event was organized by profichip China one day after the SPS Industrial Automation Fair in Guangzhou. In the one day sessions over 30 engineers were trained how to start developing a PROFIBUS product. Main topics were: the software and hardware structure of an integrated PROFIBUS interface, the differences between DP-V0, DP-V1 and DP-V2 protocols, PROFIBUS ASIC's from profichip GmbH, the RS485 physical interface design, and PROFIBUS tools. PROFICHIP

profichip GmbH from Germany has received an award for its proficonn chip – the smallest PROFIBUS DP Interface module worldwide. The award was the Innovation Prize 2010 in the hardware category of the prestigious ‘Initiative Mittelstand’ awards presented at the recent CEBIT fair.

proficonn interface modules enable easy and immediate hardware integration of a PROFIBUS DP slave interface. The module contains the PROFIBUS protocol and the complete RS485 interface including DC/DC transducer, dc decoupling and RS485 driver. 

PROFICHIP

 

The online Product Guide of PROFIBUS and PROFINET products has been revised to improve usability. By reducing the selection criteria, products can be found much more easily. For vendors product data can also be entered faster. In addition the presentation of certified products has been improved, to facilitate identification. The Product Guide is a free and well-proven benefit for members and users. The Guide is kept fully up to date by vendor members themselves.

PRODUCT GUIDE

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A completely new marketing brochure for PROFIenergy has been published, along with four other updated brochures covering PROFINET, PROFIBUS PA, PROFIdrive and PROFIsafe. All comply with the latest corporate design of PI and are available for download in pdf format

FROM HERE

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Attempts to establish Regional PI Association (RPA) in the key Middle East area have not so far proved fruitful ... but that’s all about to change! Paula Doyle from Ireland has recently taken up a new job in Dubai with Siemens and part of her mission is to set up an official RPA (Regional PI Association) as soon as possible. Paula is from Limerick in Ireland, where she gained her PhD. For the past four years she’s been in Scandinavia developing new control products for ABB. Her position with Siemens in Dubai is firmly centred on PROFIBUS and will allow her to focus her marketing skills on helping PI expand in the Middle East, a key area that deserves more support from the PI community. Her presence at the 23rd PI Meeting in Rome (see full report left) gave her the chance to meet current RPA Chairmen and to find out 'how they did it'. We’ll keep you informed of Paula’s progress.

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Among the many presentations given on the PI booth was one about FDI technology. PI is actively working as part of the FDI Cooperation to help develop FDI, which will lead to a big reduction in the costs of maintaining plant assets. It enables both FDT- and EDDL-based host systems to manage field devices using a single engineering package, so it will make different engineering solutions for different devices obsolete

. It also provides a scalable alternative in applications ranging from simple configuration to the complex management of sophisticated field devices.

 

 

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PROFINEWS is published by PI, a global community supporting technological excellence in industrial automation. It represents PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link and actively collaborates with other leading automation groups such as ECT, HART, FDI, FF, OPC and WCT.

www.profibus.com or www.profinet.com


IO-Link Technology Days are being organized by MSC Gleichmann Schweiz, HMT microelectronic and MESCO Engineering in September and December. An overview of the IO-Link Consortium will be presented along with hardware and software elements of IO-Link and the testing requirements for conformity.  Component manufacturers will present products for developing IO-Link devices.

Eighteen free training classes have been scheduled for 2011, based on PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies. Monitor this page for dates and venues. 

Certified Network Training Classes have also been scheduled: monitor this page.  Recent major additions to the All Things PROFINET web site include a Product Showcase featuring the PROFINET products and services now available from North American suppliers. Further site enhancements are expected shortly. PI North America is looking for someone to work from its Scottsdale, AZ office as part of the Technical Marketing team. Contact michael.bryant@profibus.com.

Following seven successful years of annual conferences, PROFIBUS UK is delighted to announce a new event format starting in 2011. The new Free Seminar series will include aspects of the Conference that everyone appreciated most - the practical demonstrations, professional "how to" presentations and real-world case studies. Seven events are planned for 2011, spread around England and Scotland. The first takes place in Manchester on May 12th and addresses the key issues of safety and security The PROFIBUS Group is also supporting the Automation and Control for Energy conference in Manchester in May. MORE HERE.

Indian PROFIBUS, PROFINET AssociationUL Group, which hosts the Indian PI Competence Center (PICC) and is a lead member of the Indian PROFIBUS, PROFINET Association (IPA) held a series of technology seminars and training sessions over the past three months in Pune. Courses covered ‘PROFIBUS Basics’ and ‘PROFIBUS Maintenance & Troubleshooting’. The plan is to extend these throughout the country. The sourses are devised and conducted by the PICC team and attended by end-users, OEM’s , System Integrators, designers and maintenance personnel. Courses start with a pre-evaluation of the participants - to better understand their level of knowledge - and concludes with a post-evaluation which indicates the enhancement of their knowledge. According to feedback, by attending the course participants have become confident PROFIBUS engineers. profibus(at)ulepl(dot)com

PROFIdrive was approved as a Chinese National Standardization Guiding Technical Documents GB/Z 25740.1~.2-2010 by the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) at the end of last year. Thus, during a period of just 10 years, five PROFIBUS and PROFINET technical specifications have been transformed into Chinese Voluntary National Standards (GB/T) or Chinese National Standardization Guiding Technical Documents (GB/Z). These are PROFIBUS as GB/T 20540.1~.6-2006, PROFINET (CBA) as GB/Z 20541.1~.2-2006, PROFIsafe as GB/Z 20830-2007, PROFINET IO as GB/Z 25105.1~.3-2010, and now this latest PROFIdrive standard. These specifications deliver a complete solution in the field of automation and provide integrated solutions for both factory and process automation applications. Standardization activities in China play an increasingly important role in helping promote PROFIBUS & PROFINET technologies. WWW.CN.PROFIBUS.COM

To support the rapid worldwide dissemination of its unique point-to-point connection solution for smart actuators and sensors, the IO-Link consortium has created a new infrastructure. Accordingly, IO-Link is now part of Technical Committee (TC6) within PI and is also represented on the Advisory Board.

 

Working Groups (WGs) in the areas of technology, marketing, network integration, and profiles make up the infrastructure for further technical development and efficient dissemination of IO-Link technology. A new Steering Committee (SC) has been formed, to include representatives of all IO-Link interest groups (master manufacturers, device manufacturers, system providers, service providers, and chip manufacturers).

 

Perhaps the biggest change is the elimination of the membership entrance fee of EUR 10,000. Membership in a Regional PI Association and acknowledgement of the IO-Link System of Rules now provides access to the specifications, participation in WGs, and use of the "IO-Link" logo.

IO-Link enables quick and easy expansion or simplification of PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks. An IO-Link expansion module attaches directly to the network as a node, allowing up to four intelligent sensors to be connected. This cuts costs by up to 40% claims Balluff because one expander and 4 discrete sensor hubs can replace 5 discrete PROFIBUS modules. Further, up to 76 sensors per node are possible.
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India ran a series of workshops in December for engineers from the cement and electronics industries. About 55 people attended. The event was a great success says Dileep from UL.

PI has abolished the certification fees for PROFINET products for PI member companies, now that the certification process has been fully developed. Certification nows covers the entire functionality of PROFINET, extending from IO devices with RT functionality and IRT functionality to IO controllers.

 

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Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden has the biggest amusement park in the Nordic Countries. One attraction is the Lisebergstower, which is 116 meters tall. This has a glass-sided elevator cabin in which up to 80 persons can travel to near the top where it rotates about its own axis so that they can see Gothenberg below. An old relay-based control system needed to be replaced and for safe and effective control a major challenge was to organize communications with the elevator cabin. The solution was to use wireless PROFINET. One wireless access point (WAP) is placed in the elevator cage, around which a 'leaking antenna' cable is located. Another 'leaking antenna' is placed vertically on the outside of the tower so there is always a data connection with the elevator cabin. The antenna cables each have one client connected - one 90 meters up in the machine-room, the other in the cabin. From the top client a fiberoptic cable runs down to the control system located underneath the tower. From there it goes to the main Liseberg network. LISEBERG TOWER USES PROFINET TO CONTROL ELEVATORMost of the drives are connected via PROFIBUS and PROFINET in nine cabinet locations. Failsafe signals are transferred via PROFINET too. Since all drives and HMI devices are integrated in the same system all nodes in the system can be accessed from any location. The control system knows the exact target position of the elevator and also the velocities to run. The PLC calculates the deceleration ramps while fixed sensors check the elevator’s position. The monitor system is double redundant: one system control the positions and one system watches the position monitoring system. Faster operating speeds and softer decelerations are now possible. Using wireless PROFINET solves all problems at once, say staff at Liseberg. Further, the level of safety they now have with PROFIBUS and PROFINET is far superior to that of previous systems.

Certification

PI has decided to abolish certification fees for PROFINET devices developed by member companies.

 

Another Story

This is another news brief telling you what happens in PI

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Comtrol has added TCP/IP to PROFINET IO connectivity to the Devicemaster UP line of Industrial Ethernet gateways. The device provides connectivity to both serial and Ethernet TCP/IP raw/ASCII devices and provides detailed diagnostics. It configures in minutes. Supported PLCS include ET-400, S7-400 and S7-300, the Omron CJ Series, and Bosch Rexroth IndraControl types. COMTROL

The latest Subcon-Plus-Profibus/90° family of connectors offers the option of insulation displacement technology, allowing PROFIBUS cables to be used with solid or flexible copper conductors and reducing assembly times significantly. The high-grade shielded connector housing permits excellent interference immunity even at maximum transmission rates.
PHOENIX CONTACT

The AnyBus X-gateway is a configurable stand-alone module that allows plant-floor PROFIBUS devices to communicate with a Modbus-TCP network and vice versa. Typical applications are installations with mixed usage of Siemens and Schneider Electric, ABB or GE PLCs. The X-gateway is DIN rail mounted and functions as a server (slave) on the Modbus-TCP network and as a master on the PROFIBUS side. HMS INDUSTRIAL NETWORKS

The latest version of the PROFItrace troubleshooting & maintenance tool contains an OPC server, offering a standardized way to get data into other applications. Procentec says "the opportunities are vast!" For example, ProfiTrace tags can be displayed in a SCADA/HMI package, or linked to an SMS/email client; reports can be generated in Word/Excel.
PROCENTEC

A new set of free Windows7 drivers is available for Softing PROFIBUS PC interface boards, including PCI Express, PCI, PC/104plus and USB types. These drivers support 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows7, Vista and XP. This allows 32 bit applications to run on 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems and native 64 bit programs to be built.
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Version 3.1 of ProfinetCommander, the PROFINET development and test tool that makes it easy to build a PROFINET network without PLC programming skills, now includes the option to display I/O data in hex, binary, or decimal, GSDML file parsing support for UNIX or Windows and added decoding of PROFINET port data change notification alarms. PIC

A new ERTEC200-based PNIO Starter Kit is available, offering an easy way to add PROFINET to automation devices. It includes all the hardware, software and debugging tools needed to setup a PROFINET IO device prototype, including an Evaluation Board, ERTEC200 samples, the PNIO Stack and real time examples in source code. SIEMENS

murrelektronik cube 67Cube67+ modules are now available with PROFINET connectivity. Up to two x 32 modules can be connected to just one bus node. Installations can cover long distances since cable lengths of up to two x 30 meters can be implemented. Cube67 modules can be installed at any position along the cable and the energy supply can be daisy-chained at the bus node. Integrated electronics check the outgoing system for short-circuits and overloads. If an M12 connector is under excessive load an early warning is given; if a limit is exceeded the line is switched off. Diagnostic messages are then sent to the control device. MURRELEKTRONIC

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in devices such as compact IOs.“

 

PROFIenergy takes off: Phoenix Contact has also become one of the first companies to introduce PROFIenergy devices (see product story right). The goal, said Bibelhausen, is to make the company's entire PROFINET portfolio available in PROFIenergy-compliant versions.

 

Siemens has also introduced a PROFIenergy-enabled ET200S (right). Ruttkamp said: "For I/O, there will be downloadable PROFIenergy modules, as with our PC-based solutions. PROFIenergy technology is an important part of our “green” portfolio which underlines our contribution to sustainable environmental protection and energy savings.”

As the Chinese "Year of the Tiger" was being celebrated in February, Phoenix Contact formally announced its new PROFINET chip - the TPS-1. Known as 'TIGER' it is a highly integrated single-chip ASIC for easy implementation in low end compact devices and drives. The chip supports existing PROFINET RT and IRT specifications.

 

Volker Bibelhausen, Director of the Automation Business Unit of Phoenix Contact Electronics said: "With the TIGER chip, even small and simple field devices can be connected to PROFINET cost-effectively."

 

Siemens collaborated with Phoenix Contact in the development of TIGER and Uwe Ruttkamp, Director Product and System Management SIMATIC, confirmed that: "We plan to use TPS-1

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TDr Klaus Topfer delivering the keynote address at the 2011 PI Conferencehe 2011 PI Conference took place in Karlsruhe, Germany, in February. Entitled 'Automation and Energy Efficiency' it attracted over 250 participants from vendor and end user communities.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Klaus Töpfer (right), who set the scene with a speech about energy in the modern world. Dr. Töpfer

is a former Federal Environment Minister and a founding director of the Institute of climate change, earth system and sustainability (IASS) in Potsdam. He explained how fair distribution of energy will be crucial in a world facing the prospect of 9 billion inhabitants. He pointed out the responsibilities faced by all in ensuring a peaceful future, and particularly for making sure energy is used efficiently. Appropriately, the first afternoon of the Conference focused on the PROFIenergy profile which allows automation devices to be managed for optimum energy efficiency over a PROFINET network.

ENERGY AUDIT RESULTS BY AITDuring this first session a report by Markus Mueller (right) of AIT (Institut für Automation & Industrial IT) of FH Cologne presented the first results of an energy audit undertaken at different automotive manufacturing sites. The audit, which comprised long term monitoring of real energy consumption in automation lines, showed that surprisingly high amounts of energy are used during a variety of non-planned production pauses, often as short as a few seconds. AIT showed how potential energy savings of 30% are available using technologies such as PROFIenergy, with corresponding cost and CO2 savings. However, it said, best results can come only with careful planning of the energy management procedures, preferably early in the design phases of a plant, and that a full understanding is required by system designers and vendors of how PROFIenergy can be utilized. 

This theme was reflected during the first Podium Discussion when Thomas Schott of Siemens pointed out that PROFIenergy was really an 'enabler' and that by itself "it cannot save a single kilowatt!" It is as much the responsibility of OEMs and vendors as it is end users to ensure that PROFIenergy is used effectively, he said. Representatives of the automotive manufacturers spoke warmly of PROFIenergy. "It is the right way forward and now we need devices where PROFIenergy is implemented," said Jürgen Kübler of Daimler AG. It was clear from this and other discussions that first applications with PROFIenergy are already in the testing phase in many automotive plants, and that 'energy efficiency for competitive advantage' is a primary motivator. Other participants in this Podium Discussion were Volker Bibelhausen of Phoenix Contact, Wilhelm Otten of Evonik and Klaus Grimmer of BMW.

XAVER SCHMIDT REPORTING ON PROFINET AT THE 2011 PI CONFERENCE

Day 2 broadened the scope of the presentations to cover general PROFINET technology and its application. A crisp presentation from Xaver Schmidt (right), PI PROFINET Marketing Group leader, described the 'functional completeness' of PROFINET now that the 2.3 specification has been published. Schmidt's assertions were underlined by other presentations, notably one by Bernd Wansner of ABB who explained how the special requirements of process automation - for example redundancy, time stamping, configuration in run and fieldbus integration - are now fully supported by PROFINET 2.3.

VW presentation at the 2011 PI ConferenceDay 2 also included an overview of the VW plant at Puebla in Mexico, where PROFINET is being extensively used. A joint presentation by Frithjof Klasen of AIT and Jü

rgen Jaskalla of VW (left) explained that the plant, which lies in the shadow of the famous Popocatapetl volcano, employs approximately 14,000 employees and produces over 500,000 vehicles/year, 80% of which go for export. About 150 PROFINET stations have been installed, incorporating 2,500 PROFINET devices with up to 180 participants in each PROFINET segment. PROFIsafe and wireless are also incorporated, together with PROFINET to PROFINET network transitions and PROFINET to fieldbus integration. One conclusion of the project is that PROFINET engineering and design must start in the planning phases to ensure the best deployment. "PROFINET is not simply a 'USB Stick' that can be inserted to fix a production challenge" is how the presenters put it. Commissioning in the future must also involve the equipment supplier.

PODIUM DISCUSSION AT PI CONFERENCE 2011The 'Ethernet in process automation' theme was covered extensively during the second day's Podium Discussion, when a panel comprising Raimund Sommer of Endress + Hauser, Hans-Georg Kumpfmü

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ler of Siemens, Michael Pelz of NAMUR and Auchim Laubenstein of ABB was moderated by Dr. Reinhard Hüppe of ZVEI. This panel agreed that Ethernet will only be used by the process industries if tangible benefits can be realized, but that without the possibility of hazardous area operations, Ethernet is unlikely to be widely used in the field in near future except as a backbone network. Nevertheless, some users are already demanding it for their plants and products are being supplied for non-hazardous area use indicating that the rise of Ethernet in process automation is underway.

NEIDEMAYER OF BASF AT THE PI CONFERENCEThe process theme cropped up again during one of the three Plenum sessions devoted to end users experiences, this time with the focus on PROFIBUS PA. Gerd Niedermayer of BASF spoke of his company's experiences in using fieldbus and of the benefits they had seen - in particular the 'marked shortening of loop check times'. This, he said, had cut loop testing by an average of 60%, reducing commissioning by three months in one case.

PI CONFERENCE IN FEB 2011Separate to the main conference were parallel sessions throughout the event, covering topics such as device integration, diagnostics, wireless and PROFIsafe. During these sessions it was often 'standing room only', underlining how these less dramatic but essential elements of automation have become ust as important as the headline-making technologies. An interesting application for 802.11n on wind generators was described during the wireless session.

Christian Hoppe of J A Becker at the PI Conference 2011The third Plenum presentation was by Christian Hoppe of J A Becker, a German company specializing in lifting systems. A recently-won contract for the Wiener Linien (Vienna Tram) depot in Simmering, in Austria

 uses PROFINET and PROFIsafe to control 16 lift systems for the maintenance of trains comprising up to 7 carriages at a time. A lift system elevates the carriages to a suitable working height where they are held in place by a second set of side lifts allowing the bogies to be lowered for individual work or replacement. Wiener Linien 

expects to save 10,000 m² of workshop space with the new system, which is undergoing construction now. PROFIBUS is used for local lift control, with PROFINET linking the 16 units. A central PC allows remote diagnostics over the internet.

In closing the Conference, PI Chairman Jörg Freitag thanked everyone for their participation and said he was delighted with the success of the event. "We in PI have learned a lot about the value to users of both PROFINET and PROFIBUS from this conference and we look forward to welcoming you to our next conference in 2013."

A comprehensive offer of products and services is now available from a wide range of providers to aid with the design and development of PROFINET devices. As well as sophisticated SDKs, firmware based on Standard Ethernet interface, PROFINET ASICs, and ready-to-install modules can now be easily purchased to support fast and effective deployment of PROFINET devices. A brochure entitled “The Easy Way to PROFINET Technology" has been published and is now available for download HERE. This includes a full overview of all providers. With the release of the new TPS1 (TIGER ASIC) by Phoenix Contact, yet another PROFINET chip is now available to assist device implementers. TIGER has been designed especially for compact devices (e.g. compact IO modules or drives). 

EtherCAT and Powerlink, which focus mainly on drive technology, were estimated to have market shares of 4% and 11% respectively (see graphic).

IMS Research forecasts PROFINET to grow the most between 2008 and 2013, with +8.7% (CAGR). It predicts EtherNet/IP will grow more slowly (by +7.1%) and Modbus TCP/IP will decline (by about -0.4%). IMS RESEARCH

In a new market study called “The World Market for Industrial Ethernet – 2009 Edition”, IMS Research in UK estimates that with a market share of 28% PROFINET is amongst the top most-used Industrial Ethernets worldwide. The study particularly notes that PROFINET offers an Industrial Ethernet solution for a comprehensive range of applications, including high-speed motion control. PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP/IP fill the top slots, accounting for 80% of the total market.http://www.imsresearch.com/index.php

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Welcome to PROFINEWS! We have just held another highly successful PI Conference here in Germany and I am delighted to report that over 250 people attended, an indication of the increasing importance attached to our twin technologies PROFIBUS and PROFINET! The Conference was entitled 'Automation and Energy Efficiency' and I was particularly pleased to see that our new PROFIenergy profile is now being piloted in real applications. We also heard from one of our Institutes here in Germany (AIT from FH Cologne) about an energy audit of some real plants. Their results show that substantial energy savings are indeed realizable and I am now convinced that PROFIenergy will become an important enabling technology for energy management in the very near future. It was also a pleasure to see end user presentations that confirm the growing market success of PROFINET, also to see that PROFIBUS continues its apparently unstoppable progress. There's more about all these topics below, with much more besides. Enjoy!

Jörg Freitag, PI Chairman

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Harting Fast Track switches favor PROFINET IO datagrams to enhance determinism. Now, thanks to Ha-VIS pre-Link, an innovative connection technology, today’s 4-pole M 12 d-coded connectors can easily and quickly be exchanged for 8-pole x-coded connectors, without requiring new data cable connections. “With Fast Track Switching and Ha-VIS preLink as PROFINET solutions we have advanced our vision of an Ethernet communication platform for all applications," says the Company. HARTING

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The new

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Gigabit Modular Switch from Phoenix Contact allows 12 Gigabit ports to be installed on a mounting rail. It is therefore especially suitable for use in a powerful automation backbone and for connecting to the higher-level IT network. It supports all commonly used Gigabit and Fast Ethernet data transfer standards, standard IT protocols as well as PROFINET.

 

The modular concept allows expansion to 28 ports. Twisted pair and fiber options are available.

The switch includes diagnostic and configuration functions Important parameters can be read and set at the device using an operator console. S

upport for the energy management of automation systems via the PROFIenergy profile is incorporated

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The new

GHS 12G/8

Gigabit Modular Switch from Phoenix Contact allows 12 Gigabit ports to be installed on a mounting rail. It is therefore especially suitable for use in a powerful automation backbone and for connecting to the higher-level IT network. It supports all commonly used Gigabit and Fast Ethernet data transfer standards, standard IT protocols as well as PROFINET.

 

The modular concept allows expansion to 28 ports. Twisted pair and fiber options are available.

The switch includes diagnostic and configuration functions Important parameters can be read and set at the device using an operator console. S

upport for the energy management of automation systems via the PROFIenergy profile is incorporated

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Of those 31.4 million PROFIBUS devices, 5.4 million are now used in process automation so it's clear that PROFIBUS has assumed the dominant fieldbus role. The latest PA Profile V3.02 is expected to accelerate this since it contains a set of important asset management features specifically requested by end users.

 

In the Functional Safety market, PROFIsafe continues to lead as well. The 220,000 purchased PROFIsafe devices in 2009 equals the number purchased the previous year. The installed base of PROFIsafe now exceeds 850,000 devices.

 

NB: PROFINET market statistics are collected by an independent and fully neutral third party. Only end devices are included in the count; infrastructure devices are excluded.

 

Paula to set up Dubai office

Attempts to establish Regional PI Association (RPA) in the key Middle East area have not so far proved fruitful but that’s all about to change. Paula Doyle has recently joined Siemens in Dubai and is planning to set up a formal RPA there shortly. Paula is from Limerick in Ireland, where she gained a PhD. For the past four years she’s been in Scandinavia developing new control products for ABB. Her move to Dubai means she can now focus her marketing skills on helping PI expand in the Middle East. She told PROFINEWS that legal requirements in Dubai mean that some kind of PI Competence Centre (PICC) will have to be established first. Her attendance at the 23rd PI Meeting gave her the chance to meet many of the other RPA Chairmen and to see how they did it. We’ll keep you informed of Paula’s progress.

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PI and its members were strongly represented at the recent Hannover Fair in April, with a new booth design reflecting the latest corporate design standards. Multi-vendor demonstrations, a host of new products and many educational seminars gave visitors a full insight into PI activities. Major topics included PROFINET, PROFIsafe, PROFIdrive, and of course the new PROFIenergy profile which promises to cut energy consumption dramatically.

 

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Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

PROFIenergy can operate either alongside existing automation processes on a single controller platform, or a separate, dedicated, energy management controller can be used. PROFIenergy is applicable to single devices such as actuators and remote IO, as well as sub-systems such as robot cells and paint lines.

PROFIenergy is thus an ‘enabling technology’ that allows intelligent energy management strategies to be deployed over existing PROFINET networks. Vendors support PROFIenergy by implementing the required functions in their devices or sub-systems, thereby making PROFIenergy available ‘on tap’. Actual energy savings depend on how end users choose to adapt PROFIenergy to their automation networks.

Early estimates by one automotive manufacturer suggest that savings of up to €60,000 per annum could be achieved for a robot cell through the use of PROFIenergy.

PROFIenergy can operate either alongside existing automation processes on a single controller platform, or a separate, dedicated, energy management controller can be used. PROFIenergy is applicable to single devices such as actuators and remote IO, as well as sub-systems such as robot cells and paint lines.

PROFIenergy is thus an ‘enabling technology’ that allows intelligent energy management strategies to be deployed over existing PROFINET networks. Vendors support PROFIenergy by implementing the required functions in their devices or sub-systems, thereby making PROFIenergy available ‘on tap’. Actual energy savings depend on how end users choose to adapt PROFIenergy to their automation networks.

Early estimates by one automotive manufacturer suggest that savings of up to €60,000 per annum could be achieved for a robot cell through the use of PROFIenergy.

Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

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Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

PROFIenergy

Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

PROFIenergy takes off

Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

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Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

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FDI workshop

At the Hannover Fair on April 20, 2010, experts discussed the latest development of FDI technology. The primary benefit of FDI is that end users with either an FDT- or an EDDL-based host will have a single source solution for managing field devices. Users will no longer need to manage disparate device descriptions, which will reduce the costs associated with maintaining assets in the field.

The FDI project will also provide a very scalable solution that users can deploy in applications ranging from simple configuration to complex management of the most sophisticated field device. This makes different solutions for different devices obsolete. An example of this is that FDI device packages for applications such as valve diagnostics will provide the same functionality regardless of the host system.

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Thomas Tauchnitz, Sanofi Aventis. Participants were Kimikazu Takahashi (Yokogawa), Hartmut Wallraff (Invensys), Daniel Huber (ABB), Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller (Siemens) and Dr. Raimund Sommer (Endress+Hauser).

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PROFIenergy can operate either alongside existing automation processes on a single controller platform, or a separate, dedicated, energy management controller can be used. PROFIenergy is applicable to single devices such as actuators and remote IO, as well as sub-systems such as robot cells and paint lines.

PROFIenergy is thus an ‘enabling technology’ that allows intelligent energy management strategies to be deployed over existing PROFINET networks. Vendors support PROFIenergy by implementing the required functions in their devices or sub-systems, thereby making PROFIenergy available ‘on tap’. Actual energy savings depend on how end users choose to adapt PROFIenergy to their automation networks.

Early estimates by one automotive manufacturer suggest that savings of up to €60,000 per annum could be achieved for a robot cell through the use of PROFIenergy.

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PROFIenergy takes off

Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

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PROFIenergy can operate either alongside existing automation processes on a single controller platform, or a separate, dedicated, energy management controller can be used. PROFIenergy is applicable to single devices such as actuators and remote IO, as well as sub-systems such as robot cells and paint lines.

PROFIenergy is thus an ‘enabling technology’ that allows intelligent energy management strategies to be deployed over existing PROFINET networks. Vendors support PROFIenergy by implementing the required functions in their devices or sub-systems, thereby making PROFIenergy available ‘on tap’. Actual energy savings depend on how end users choose to adapt PROFIenergy to their automation networks.

Early estimates by one automotive manufacturer suggest that savings of up to €60,000 per annum could be achieved for a robot cell through the use of PROFIenergy.

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PROFIenergy can operate either alongside existing automation processes on a single controller platform, or a separate, dedicated, energy management controller can be used. PROFIenergy is applicable to single devices such as actuators and remote IO, as well as sub-systems such as robot cells and paint lines.

PROFIenergy is thus an ‘enabling technology’ that allows intelligent energy management strategies to be deployed over existing PROFINET networks. Vendors support PROFIenergy by implementing the required functions in their devices or sub-systems, thereby making PROFIenergy available ‘on tap’. Actual energy savings depend on how end users choose to adapt PROFIenergy to their automation networks.

Early estimates by one automotive manufacturer suggest that savings of up to €60,000 per annum could be achieved for a robot cell through the use of PROFIenergy.

PROFIenergy starts to climb

Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

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Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

PROFIenergy can operate either alongside existing automation processes on a single controller platform, or a separate, dedicated, energy management controller can be used. PROFIenergy is applicable to single devices such as actuators and remote IO, as well as sub-systems such as robot cells and paint lines.

PROFIenergy is thus an ‘enabling technology’ that allows intelligent energy management strategies to be deployed over existing PROFINET networks. Vendors support PROFIenergy by implementing the required functions in their devices or sub-systems, thereby making PROFIenergy available ‘on tap’. Actual energy savings depend on how end users choose to adapt PROFIenergy to their automation networks.

Early estimates by one automotive manufacturer suggest that savings of up to €60,000 per annum could be achieved for a robot cell through the use of PROFIenergy.

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Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

PROFIenergy can operate either alongside existing automation processes on a single controller platform, or a separate, dedicated, energy management controller can be used. PROFIenergy is applicable to single devices such as actuators and remote IO, as well as sub-systems such as robot cells and paint lines.

PROFIenergy is thus an ‘enabling technology’ that allows intelligent energy management strategies to be deployed over existing PROFINET networks. Vendors support PROFIenergy by implementing the required functions in their devices or sub-systems, thereby making PROFIenergy available ‘on tap’. Actual energy savings depend on how end users choose to adapt PROFIenergy to their automation networks.

Early estimates by one automotive manufacturer suggest that savings of up to €60,000 per annum could be achieved for a robot cell through the use of PROFIenergy.

Automation users try when they can to minimize energy consumption, responding to pressures to cut costs and comply with increasingly stringent ‘green’ obligations.

Methods range from switching off equipment manually to installing semi-automated shut-down systems. Both are usually crude, expensive and hard to manage. To maximize energy savings a single, standardized, approach supported by vendors and users industry-wide is required – hence the PROFIenergy Profile.

The idea for PROFIenergy came from AIDA, the Association of German Automotive Manufacturers, who asked PI to develop a way of intelligently managing the energy consumed by power-hungry equipment such as robot cells. If these Energy Consuming Units (ECUs) could be switched on and off in an open, consistent and managed way, they argued, substantial cost savings could be achieved.

The PROFIenergy Profile enables control devices (e.g. PLCs) to send signals such as Begin Pause and End Pause over PROFINET to each ECU, in accordance with production circumstances such as lunch breaks, holidays, random line stoppages and even maximum load conditions. On receipt of the PROFIenergy commands, software ‘agents’ in the ECU firmware initiate ‘sleep’ modes that are pre-defined by the equipment vendor.

PROFIenergy can operate either alongside existing automation processes on a single controller platform, or a separate, dedicated, energy management controller can be used. PROFIenergy is applicable to single devices such as actuators and remote IO, as well as sub-systems such as robot cells and paint lines.

PROFIenergy is thus an ‘enabling technology’ that allows intelligent energy management strategies to be deployed over existing PROFINET networks. Vendors support PROFIenergy by implementing the required functions in their devices or sub-systems, thereby making PROFIenergy available ‘on tap’. Actual energy savings depend on how end users choose to adapt PROFIenergy to their automation networks.

Early estimates by one automotive manufacturer suggest that savings of up to €60,000 per annum could be achieved for a robot cell through the use of PROFIenergy.

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