Industrial Ethernet fieldbus issues of the past are coming to life again in a new form. Large protocol interest groups and manufacturers of industrial equipment have a new platform to compete for revenue and to keep brand loyalty. Ethernet-based protocols are changing with time, many companies have similar protocol implementations as they essentially have been creating the same standard Ethernet connectors. The biggest issue at hand today is that there is no interoperability between software, for instance, Ethercat doesn’t connect with Profinet and Profinet doesn’t connect to Ethernet IP. Time Sensitive Networks (TSN), which is part of the IEEE standards association, is attempting to enhance Ethernet standards by making high accuracy time synchronization and seamless redundancy features of standard Ethernet. As industrial Ethernet continues to develop, the biggest concern is if security standards will be integrated into new protocol.
Grid Connect Inc. is an ISO 9001-certified, world-class quality manufacturer. Our chips, modules and products are used by thousands of companies around the world to provide a network connection to their devices. All of our products are designed, assembled, programmed and tested in Illinois, USA. All final tests, firmware loading and packaging is done at Grid Connect in Naperville, Illinois.
All Grid Connect products can be customized and private-labeled to a specific customer’s requirements. It can be as simple as a software change to increase buffer sizes or as complex as a new hardware and software design. In all cases, Grid Connect will provide your company with a fixed price quotation for the NRE/development work and the production cost for the final product. We are happy to private label your product and ship it to you with the correct labeling and documentation.
Some networking and protocol technologies that Grid Connect specializes in, include:
- Modbus TCP
Grid Connect also specialized in all serial standards, including:
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Above you will find the latest video from PROFIBUS International starring our own Mike Justice.
Grid Connect is committed to PROFINET and we provide an expanding selection of PROFINET products and services. Our engineering staff have deep expertise and knowledge in all things PROFINET and are able to help deliver leading edge solutions.
Have a PROFINET challenge that is not solved by hardware out on the market today? Contact us to discuss custom engineering and other PROFINET solutions.
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Just last week I attended the PROFIBUS Trade Organization’s (PTO) annual meeting. It was two days of great presentations and networking with other members.
The first major announcement was that the PTO is changing its name to PROFIBUS & PROFINET International North America (PI). They also announced a new website for PROFINET information and application examples. You can visit the new site today at allthingsprofinet.com.
As you can see in the pie chart above PROFINET is making some impressive gains in market share amongst the other Industrial Ethernet based protocols.
Another big announcement made at the annual meeting was that GE’s Intelligent Platforms Division and several other semiconductor companies have committed to using PROFINET going forward.
While many companies who are in full production are using PROFIBUS today, those who are working on new designs are looking closely at PROFINET for future Ethernet implementations. PROFINET seems to have addressed the levels of performance needed and the real-time issues found in basic Ethernet, Real-time Ethernet, and Isochronous Real Time Ethernet. The first two types of PROFINET (Basic and Real-Time Ethernet) can be implemented using standard Ethernet controllers. The isochronous version of PROFINET requires special Ethernet MAC controllers that can guarantee packet delivery. We believe that most applications out there can be accomplished using standard Ethernet controllers.
If you are a company who uses PROFIBUS networks in your automation environment, the PROFIBUS Trade Organization (PTO) was set up to help people like you. The PTO can provide you with a wealth of information on planning, setting up and installing your PROFIBUS network.
Now available from the PTO are a full set of Guides for Planning, Installing Cabling and Assembly and Commissioning your PROFIBUS network.
In addition to these great guides, the PTO also puts on one-day training classes throughout the USA and Canada. We at Grid Connect are PTO members and sponsors of these classes. We generally attend most of the classes and talk with customers about our great selection of PROFIBUS and PROFINET products including PROFIBUS Troubleshooting Kits, PROFIBUS Hubs, and More.
Below is the class schedule for the remainder of the year:
August 17, 2010 PROFIBUS One-day Training Class Tulsa, OK
August 26, 2010 PROFINET One-day Training Class Cleveland, OH
September 2, 2010 PROFINET One-day Training Class Denver, CO
September 14, 2010 PROFINET One-day Training Class Toronto, ON Canada
September 16, 2010 PROFINET One-day Training Class Montreal, QC Canada
September 22, 2010 PROFIBUS One-day Training Class Baltimore, MD
October 6, 2010 PROFIBUS One-day Training Class Omaha, NE
October 21, 2010 PROFINET One-day Training Class Dallas, TX
November 9, 2010 PROFINET One-day Training Class Detroit, MI
Via The PROFIblog