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Industrie 4.0
PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) is purposefully driving the subject of Industrie 4.0 and is laying out the steps for future-proof further development of today's proven solutions.

The objective is to identify requirements for communication that are important in the Industrie 4.0 environment and to standardize them as further development of PI technologies. It is already clear today that PROFINET, with its openness for TCP/IP and its standard Ethernet based technology, has a future-proof architecture that forms a basic prerequisite for Industrie 4.0.

Main work is done in the teams of the PI working group „I4.0@PI“ set up for individual topics. The requirements are closely harmonized with the users and the senior experts in the various companies. The combination of requirements and technical possibilities has resulted in the main areas of focus of TSN, IPv6, Semantics, Security and OPC UA.

TSN - time-sensitive networking

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is a promising technology drawing a lot of attention at the moment. TSN offers great potential for PROFINET.

It aims to combine the wide range of IT networks with the robustness and determinism of automation networks. In short: hard real-time via standard IT networks. But this doesn’t signal a revolution for PROFINET. Rather, it represents a visionary architecture upon which PROFINET is building.

TSN offers PROFINET a new layer 2 in the ISO/OSI model. Nothing more, nothing less. It thus corresponds to today’s RT and IRT technologies. And this makes it clear that TSN will not simply replace RT or IRT in the coming years. It’s an additional option with a number of benefits. Today’s manufacturers that are providing solutions with RT and IRT will be able to continue providing them in the future. Users employing RT or IRT in operating their systems can be sure that they are using a sustainable technology.
TSN now offers the possibility to also achieve this with standard IT components. Everything else at PROFINET remains unchanged – especially such services as diagnosis, configuration, alarms, etc. This will make it easy for users and device manufacturers alike to use TSN in the future. They can build on existing knowledge and continue using the applications they have developed. 

PROFINET based on TSN

Our video shows you what requirements Industrie 4.0 has and how real-time communication with PROFINET based on TSN fullfill it.


Our well-known PI technologies

PROFIBUS is a standardized, open, digital communications system for all areas of application in manufacturing and process automation.
PROFINET is the innovative open standard for Industrial Ethernet. It satisfies all requirements of automation technology.
IO-LINK is an independent sensor / actuator interface solution for use with with all automation technologies.