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Nuremberg – November 29, 2017: In addition to dedicated work on the integration of new standards such as TSN, the PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) community also drives further development of today’s basic technologies forward. That also makes sense, since a broad base due to a large diversity of manufacturers and very varied high-quality devices establishes a firm foundation for the steady continuation of the innovative PROFINET standard.

Thus, Siemens also offers a new development kit for integration of a PROFINET IRT Controller into any desired target systems. Its core is the ASIC SOC1 proven in many of their products and the associated firmware stack. A configuration library derived from already proven engineering tools is available for easy network parameterization in the particular engineering environment of the target system. The required software components are supplied in source code so possible adaptations or portings necessary for integration into the particular target systems can be carried out. A fast, easy start is possible with the CP 1625 evaluation board as the development platform. The interface to the application for the long-established PROFINET RT Controller, which is used in various customer products, was enhanced with functions for IRT and clock synchronization.

There is also good news on the subject of drive technology. Application examples for drive classes AC1 (standard drive) and AC4 (servo drive) are available for easy implementation of the PROFIdrive drive profile in the devices on both the controller and device side.

Hilscher, the independent communications specialist, has rounded off the spectrum of real-time Ethernet protocols for netX with the PROFINET IRT Controller technology. The PROFINET IRT Controller is now a standard part of the established CIFX PC cards or net Jack and COMX embedded modules.

Alternatively, the PROFINET IRT Controller can be used with the Hilscher netX multi-protocol master chips for integration in designs. Design of the IRT network is carried out exclusively with the proven Hilscher configuration tool.

Both the PROFINET IRT Controller and the PROFINET IRT Device can be operated together with the PROFIdrive reference implementations. The appropriate interface adaptations are available from Hilscher or through the PROFIdrive community. This also simplifies access to the drive solutions with PROFINET IRT.

The increased number of newly certified PROFINET Devices also shows that growth in device diversity is uninterrupted. Trouble-free interaction of different devices in the machines and systems is only assured by practice-oriented certification tests. That’s why PI invests heavily in the development of test tools and the qualification of testing laboratories.

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diagnostics roadshow button 700x400 small file sizeOne-day Industrial Networks Diagnostics Workshop – 19th May 2016

Hitex are delighted to be hosting a free 1-day workshop covering both PROFINET and PROFIBUS diagnostics at our training facility in Coventry. The day will be hosted jointly by Frank Zucknik who is a Softing Diagnostics Expert based in Germany and Dave Tomlin, the Hitex Automation Specialist.

The agenda will have 2 main focuses: the morning will look at PROFIBUS: the basics, tools and techniques for diagnostics and the afternoon will cover the same topics but for PROFINET. Throughout the day both Softing and Hitex experts will be on hand to talk about any issues you may have and how to keep your network in top condition. As anyone involved with keeping an industrial network up and running knows, this is a never-ending task – a little like painting the Forth Road Bridge!

While we will be looking at products for permanent monitoring, diagnostics and installation (including TH Link for both PROFIBUS and PROFINET and the PROFIBUS Tester 5), we will also be covering general best practice advice so you gain maximum benefit from attending.

Additionally, the agenda will be brought to a close with a dedicated Q&A session to ensure you have the chance to start to resolve any specific issues and get the most from your time with us.

Find out more

Full details of the day can be found on our website HERE. You can also register for your free place HERE.

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Digital I/O modules with M12 connections

Siemens has announced that the distributed I/O system ET 200AL has been extended with digital I/O modules with M12 connections.

The product portfolio of the digital I/O modules has been extended with I/O modules with M12 connections. For example, a high-channel digital input module and a digital output module with a max. switching current of 2A are available. The following I/O modules have been released for delivery:



The housing of the I/O module with 4xM12 connection has a width of 30 mm, the housing of module with 8xM12 connection has width of 45 mm.

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