2017 PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Node Count numbers released

The installed base of devices with interfaces of the communication technologies of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) continues its very strong overall market position. Against the background of Industry 4.0 incorporation into the automation of production systems, this is a clear sign of the acceptance of PI technologies in this innovative domain.

PROFINET

Profinet nodes 2017

Profinet nodes 2017

The development of PROFINET is very encouraging. In 2017, a record 4.5 million PROFINET devices were put on the market. This brought the total number to 20.9 million at the end of 2017, which represents an increase of 27.5% over the previous year.

PROFIBUS

2.3 million PROFIBUS devices were produced in 2017, only slightly fewer than the previous year. However, the total of 58.4 million devices across all years still represents a record.

PROFIsafe

Profisafe nodes 2017

Profisafe nodes 2017

The development of PROFIsafe is still very encouraging: with 1.95 million nodes put on the market, it has been able to achieve above-average growth again of nearly 28% and can now boast 8.9 million installed nodes.

IO-Link

IO-Link nodes 2017

IO-Link nodes 2017

IO-Link, in turn, experienced the largest increase of  52.8 % over the year in 2017. This brings the total number of installed IO-Link devices to more than 8.1 million.

 

More networking, more safety, more freedom – these somewhat contradictory requirements do not end at the most sensitive part of the machine network: functionally safe communication. This is a task that is best handled jointly.

Previously, functionally safe communication via a fieldbus or Industrial Ethernet was limited to purely Master-Slave or Controller-Device architectures. However, there is currently no cross-manufacturer standard for safe transfers between machines and thus between the controllers used in the machines. Therefore, controllers from different manufacturers cannot currently communicate with each other without additional action being taken. 

PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) and the OPC Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start a Joint Working Group to ensure that PROFIsafe will function between controllers from different manufacturers in the future.

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IO-Link is the first technology for communicating with sensors and actuators below the fieldbus level to be adopted as an international standard (IEC 61131-9). This technology has now been expanded to include wireless communication.

The IO-Link community has completed work on the specifications for IO-Link Wireless and will publish an approved version at the 2018 Hanover Trade Show. IO-Link Wireless technology will be presented to the broader public in the form of a demonstration at the joint PI booth in Hanover, Germany (Hall 9, D687) for the first time.

IO-Link Wireless defines wireless communication between sensors/actuators and controllers (PLC) in the industrial automation environment. Performance, functionality and capacity are comparable to cable-bound solutions.

IO-Link Wireless offers real-time latency of 5 ms for communication with up to 40 devices (sensors and actuators). Reliability lies above a packet-error rate (PER) of 10-9, while the rates of other comparable wireless standards, such as WLAN, Bluetooth and Zigbee, are around 10-3. IO-Link Wireless supports roaming functions and the option of using battery-operated or energy-harvesting sensors with minimal energy consumption in a real-time network. A key feature of IO-Link Wireless is its compatibility with industry- and process-automation protocols. Planning, commissioning, operation and maintenance can all be carried out using standard IO-Link tools. This guarantees backward compatibility with cable-bound IO-Link systems.

In parallel with the specification work, the necessary test specifications and test scenarios needed when the first suppliers develop their components for the new system are already being defined in the IO-Link wireless working group. The IO-Link community will also be holding an IO-Link Wireless developer workshop at Helmut-Schmidt-Universität (HSU) in Hamburg, Germany in June of 2018. This workshop will enable interested device manufacturers to develop IO-Link Wireless components in a fast and straightforward way.

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PROFIBUS & PROFINET International – PI UK is pleased to announce its support for Connected Manufacturing, part of Advanced Engineering 2018 which will take place at the NEC on 31 October/1st November.

“Connected Manufacturing 2017 was a great success, providing us with the ideal platform to present PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link. It was indeed a busy time for us, where we were able to meet, educate and inform many key buyers and specifiers from all over the UK during the two-day event”, said Bob Squirrell, Chairman, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK).

“The exhibition and accompanying conference gave us the perfect opportunity to introduce these and show how they are fundamental to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things by providing deterministic control, data access, and uptime in an open platform.

We are looking forward to continuing our support for the Connected Manufacturing exhibition and conference this year, as it the perfect vehicle for our members to show how PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link are the three most important enabling technologies in automation today.”

About Connected Manufacturing

Already expanding as a result of its highly successful 2017 launch, Connected Manufacturing is the UK’s largest trade show and forum bringing together manufacturers and suppliers of all sizes to further automate their planning, design, test, manufacturing and logistics processes – reducing costs and gaining more competitive advantage worldwide.

Members of PI UK are entitled to a 10% discount on stand prices

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Process-seminar-e+h-march2017Free-to-attend PI UK seminar

Hosted by Endress + Hauser, this event addresses the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Covering key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link, from system design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/Engineers and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

With nearly 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link are truly market leaders, providing state of the art digital communications addressing all the needs of manufacturing and process industries, significantly lowering capital expenditure on installation, commissioning and maintenance. They offer unprecedented integration of automation, control, monitoring and safety systems using standardised and widely supported communications and networking solutions.

This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated plant. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

Draft Agenda (Registration and Coffee 8.45 am)

Time Item Presenter
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome and introduction to exhibitors Andy Smith, E+H
09:30 – 10:00 PROFIBUS International and basics of PROFIBUS and PROFINET Mark Freeman, Siemens
10:00 – 10:30 PROFIBUS DP/PA network design Chris McComb, iTech
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and exhibition
11:00 – 11:30 PROFINET network design Andy Gilbert, Siemens
11:30 – 12:00 Industrial network commissioning and testing Dave Tomlin, Hitex
12:00 – 12:30 PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools.  Phil Waterworth, Endress + Hauser
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch and Exhibition or Facility tour
13:00 – 14:00 IO-Link technology Russell Smith, Balluff
14:00 – 14:30 Industrial networks safety & security Ben Murphy, Siemens
14:30 – 15:00 Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Derek Lane, Wago
15:00 – 15:15 Summary, questions & close  Andy Smith, E+H

More information and online Registration

In case of difficulty contact Ann on tel: 00 44 207 193 8018 or email admin@profibus.org.uk

 

From Research to the Global Network: The possibilities offered by PROFIBUS and PROFINET in the age of IoT and Industry 4.0

The past three decades have been an exciting time for fieldbus technology. What began as a research project is today the basis for forward-looking Industry 4.0 concepts. And despite the sophisticated technology from PROFIBUS and PROFINET, the future continues to offer a wealth of exciting tasks – such as the integration of TSN.

Today, users can depend on fieldbus devices to reliably communicate with one another, regardless of the manufacturer. This has not always been the case – 30 years ago, the costs of installation, configuration and operationweres enormous. Today’s simplicity for the user is no coincidence. In the first stages of the development of PROFIBUS, two courses were set, which from today’s perspective were almost visionary. The one was the promotion of a development-related standardization process. The other was that the newly-developed fieldbus should be able to be used by all companies. Even with further developments, the user organization – which is now internationally active – has not deviated from these two principles. However, until the point of practical maturity, numerous detail tasks were on the agenda. In addition to the actual technology, a unique quality assurance system – with interface tests, interoperability tests and certification – is also part of the fieldbus world. In order to take into account the application-specific features, the technical committees developed standardized profiles right from the start. This means that the PROFIdrive application profile meets the special requirements of drive technology in combination with the PROFIBUS and PROFINET communication systems. A little later, the PA devices profile for the process industry followed. In 1999, PROFIsafe was presented at the Hannover Messe. The development of PROFIenergy, the vendor-neutral, energy saving profile – which permits the targeted shutdown and restart of components such as lasers, robots or drives during production breaks – also met with great interest a few years ago. In the meantime, the first applications, among others in the automotive industry, are in operation.

Communication of the Future

Very early, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) relied on Ethernet-based communication. As early as 2001, the first pilot application with PROFINET was introduced. Shortly thereafter, a certification system was established, and the first PROFINET Competence Centers and test laboratories began operations. In 2004, PROFINET achieved a large-scale breakthrough in the automotive industry. Since then, PI has continued to further develop the open Industrial Ethernet standard.Through Fast Forwarding, Dynamic Frame Packing and Fragmentation, cycle times of up to 31.25 μs – along with high-precision isochrone mode – is possible. And even before Industry 4.0 was a mainstream topic in the industrial world, the lifecycle management of plants and machines was high on the priority list for the operators. For this reason, PROFINET has integrated appropriate diagnostics mechanisms to support standardized preventive maintenance. PROFINET stands out with its unique range of functions. The device diagnostics PROFIBUS is known for don’t just enable fast troubleshooting – for example, in the event of a short circuit or cable break. The integrated network diagnostics also ensures short downtimes for many other incidents and helps to optimize the performance of the network.

Seamless integration of new technologies

Increasingly, issues from the IoT and Industry 4.0 worlds are being brought to PI, driven not by the automation industry, but by information technology or basic Ethernet technology. PI sees it as its very own task to integrate new functions and features into proven PI technologies so that they work seamlessly with existing and proven systems. A current example is the integration of TSN: In Industry 4.0 applications, converged networks are real added value. They are characterized by the fact that the IT systems can easily be connected to the OT side. Data from production can be used in software applications without difficulty – for example, for process optimization. It’s also easier to integrate cloud platforms – be it on-site or anywhere in the world. The reporting is simplified with regards to plant or machine performance. Of particular interest is that through the continued evolution of the Ethernet in IEEE 802.1, future devices with standard Ethernet controllers will be developed that will meet all the robustness and deterministic requirements of industrial automation. However, an important finding of the work so far is that the simple configuration of the TSN network parameters will be decisive for user acceptance. For this reason, PI is primarily pursuing the decentralized configuration model of the IEEE – currently being tested in the testbed at Labs Network Industrie 4.0 e.V., for instance – which can be used to create flexible and powerful plant networks.

Simultaneous continuity and progress

Tasks and technologies are constantly changing, but the principles of PI – standardization and openness – will remain as constants. PI is committed to identifying the most important communication requirements for Industry 4.0 and standardizing them as PI technologies are further developed. The key is: users can continue to depend on the fact that the technology they’re already using will last and the transition to new technologies will happen easily.

What you should know about TSN: Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman, gives you the answers!

What can TSN do better than previous Ethernet solutions? 

Karsten Schneider: Ethernet TSN essentially extends the existing mechanisms of Ethernet to include “Quality of Service“ (e.g., bandwidth reservation), synchronization, as well as low latency and even bumpless redundancy. In practice, it looks like this: The applications report their communication needs to the network and get the respective requested QoS guaranteed by the network. The respective connections then run in so-called streams, which then enjoy bandwidth protection via resource allocation in the memory of the switches. In principle, each of these streams can be given a real-time capability. Due to the encapsulated streams, it is also possible with TSN that several real-time capable protocols can be operated in parallel in a single network. This is also known as network convergence.

Is TSN sufficient to transition systems into the age of Industry 4.0?

Karsten Schneider: TSN is just one building block on the way to Industry 4.0-capable systems. PI is currently working on using TSN for PROFINET, but TSN has only layer 2 mechanisms – that is, pure data transport. While this helps break down barriers to communication, IT systems do not understand the meaning of individual data from the machine. So, something must be said about the content. With a suitable semantic description, such as that already stored in the PROFINET application profiles, a quality management system without additional configuration knows that the value received is the torque from a screwdriver control unit. Only then can pure data be used profitably. Apart from that, other topics – such as security, safety or OPC UA – have to be considered for Industry 4.0.

What will happen to the previous PROFINET profiles when using TSN? 

Karsten Schneider: For years, PI has been working on corresponding profile definitions in which information from devices is described and standardized across manufacturers. With TSN, these profiles can continue to be used, along with the complete PROFINET know-how. The vision for PROFINET applications does not change due to TSN. In addition, PI is now incorporating these profiles into the joint working group with the OPC Foundation to create open information models. These can easily be made available to IT systems via OPC UA. Companion specifications for OPC UA arise here with the usage of PI know-how. This will make it even easier to implement Industry 4.0 applications in the future.

Are there already chips for TSN? 

Karsten Schneider: TSN requires a“TSN-capable“ chip. The chips used today cannot usually be upgraded through software on TSN. However, it is foreseeable that, in the future, the standard Ethernet chip will be a TSN-capable chip. Well-known chip manufacturers have already started, or at least announced, the development of chips with TSN mechanisms. Likewise, well-known PROFINET chip manufacturers will develop modules with RT/IRT and TSN, so that the hardware does not have to be changed during the transition to TSN.

What is the timeframe for the developments? 

Karsten Schneider: You should expect it to take up to ten years until a new technology is really assimilated into practice.This is at least the experience we had with the introduction of PROFIBUS and PROFINET. There may be industries where implementation is faster. But one should not forget that it is not only about the creation of the specification – which should be completed in 2019 – but also about topics such as certification, documentation, training and seminars.

These things also require time!

Advanced Forming Research Centre - Strathclyde University

Advanced Forming Research Centre

AFRC, Catapult Centre, Inchinnan, April 17th, 2018

Places are filling up fast at our free-to-attend seminar, so don’t delay in reserving yours!

We’ve updated the agenda to now include a presentation covering Industrial networks safety & security, and have brought forward the seminar start time by 15 minutes to accommodate the change.

The keynote address entitled “OEM Lifecycle – The Past, Present and Future” will set the scene for this highly topical seminar addressing the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Covering key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link, from system design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Revised agenda (as of 14th March)

Time Item Presenter
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome and introduction to exhibitors Chris McComb, iTech
09:30 – 10:00 Keynote address: OEM Lifecycle – The Past, Present and Future Chris McComb, iTech
10:00 – 10:30 PROFIBUS International and basics of PROFIBUS and PROFINET Mark Freeman, Siemens
10:30 – 11:00 PROFIBUS DP/PA network design Chris McComb, iTech
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee and exhibition
11:30 – 12:00 PROFINET network design Andy Gilbert, Siemens
12:00 – 12:30 The effects of EMC on bus networks Peter Thomas, Control Specialists
12:30 – 13:00 Industrial network commissioning and testing Dave Tomlin, Hitex
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Exhibition or Facility tour
14:00 – 14:30 PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools. Phil Waterworth, Endress + Hauser
14:30 – 15:00 IO-Link technology Russell Smith, Balluff
15:00 – 15:30 Industrial networks safety & security Tom Hammond, Siemens
15:30 – 16:00 Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Derek Lane, Wago
16:00 Close

Exhibition too …

Supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/Engineers, and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant. Current exhibitors include:

With nearly 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link are truly market leaders, providing state of the art digital communications addressing all the needs of manufacturing and process industries, significantly lowering capital expenditure on installation, commissioning and maintenance. They offer unprecedented integration of automation, control, monitoring and safety systems using standardised and widely supported communications and networking solutions.

This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated plant. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

Previous comments/feedback include:

“Very well presented and a lot of useful information” “Fantastic as always and very informative”

“Superb day for experience and information”

If you’d like to learn how to simplify your PROFIBUS, PROFINET or IO-Link application … don’t miss this one-day Seminar!

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