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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.

 

Latest PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Node Count 

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 Nodes 2016PROFINET

The development of PROFINET is very encouraging. In 2016, a record 3.6 million PROFINET devices were put on the market. This brought the total number to 16.4 million at the end of 2016, which represents an increase of 28% over the previous year.

PROFIBUS

2.4 million PROFIBUS devices were produced in 2016, rather fewer than the previous year. However, the total of 56 million devices across all years still represents a record. 10.6 million of these were incorporated into process automation systems. However, if the annual values of the two technologies are compared, PROFINET is significantly ahead of PROFIBUS for the first time. In 2016, 50% more PROFINET devices were produced than PROFIBUS devices.

PROFIsafe Nodes 2016PROFIsafe

The development of PROFIsafe is still very encouraging: with 1.55 million nodes put on the market, it has been able to achieve above-average growth again of nearly 30% and can now boast 7 million installed nodes.

IO-Link Nodes 2016IO-Link

IO-Link in turn experienced the largest increase of 47% over the year in 2016. This brings the total number of installed IO-Link devices to more than 5.3 million.

Industry 4.0 Trends

Karsten Schneider, Chairman of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), views the figures from the most recent assessment as clear confirmation of users’ great trust in PI technologies: “Especially against the background of the trends that have become visible through Industry 4.0, the figures demonstrate impressively that the PI technologies have developed in the right direction. This is motivation for us to continue the work with the same intensity and advance it even further to meet the requirements from the Industry 4.0 domain. The I40@PI working group founded a year and a half ago has picked up speed. The fundamental requirements stand, and the solutions are taking form in coordination with end users.”

PROFINET is widely accepted and well proven in plant engineering.

Xaver Schmidt reveals all about PROFINETThis is because a lot of PROFINET functions were defined in close collaboration with customers and are used now in many applications. But also in the mechanical engineering the modular and adaptable architecture of PROFINET together with its comprehensive function set allows innovative and cost-saving machine automation.

The advantages of PROFINET pay off in all phases of a machine’s cycle – from the planning of initial start-up and operation up through to service and maintenance. PROFINET offers automatic adaptable address assignment on account of the topology for standard machines, rapid initial start-up with easy tools and defined interfaces for addressing, interoperability of devices thanks to certification, excellent diagnosis of the devices and the network as well as high performance and precision.

PROFINET offers built-in TCP/IP communication, which is independent from special HW- or SW- modules in the devices or controllers. So communication between the overlaid production line control and the devices is easily possible; or an adaptation of the machine by a new parameterization or controlling by vision systems.

The proven PROFIsafe profile is another brick in the modular PROFINET setup which allows the machine builder & OEMs innovative solutions to raise flexibility and reduce Time-to-Market.

About the presenter:

Xaver is the leader of the Factory Automation Marketing Working Group of PI. He is now responsible for the market launch of PROFINET, after PROFIBUS integration.

This includes the collection of the requirements, coordination with the technical Working Groups and the market launch of the system functions of PROFINET and the manufacturer-enclosed marketing activities in PI.

Click here to watch Xaver talk about PROFINET and a paper plane machine on YouTube 

Find out more about PROFINET at the UK’s June conference. Click here to register.

PROFINEWS now available on mobile devices

PROFINEWS AppPROFINEWS, the international newsletter of PI, has been available for years in HTML version. Now it is also be available as an app. The PROFINEWS app can be downloaded free of charge for Apple and Android devices from the App Store and Google Play Store. Users can use the PROFINEWS app on smart phones or tablets.

With the new PROFINEWS app, users will receive up-to-date information about PI and its technologies directly on their devices anytime anywhere in the world. Thanks to intuitive navigation and fast download times, readers can always catch up on the latest news quickly regardless of their location. A push notification service informs users automatically about important topics. Articles of interest can be shared directly with colleagues. In Tech Tips, readers will receive practical advice on the use of PI technologies from selected PI experts.

The PROFINEWS app will become an indispensable information medium for the PI community as a PI Automation Guide. Members worldwide can publish product and company news in the PROFINEWS app quickly and easily reach a global audience with a single mouse click.  

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