Next-Gen Innovations Progress on Industry 4.0

Editor: Ahlam Rais

In an ordinary year, PI (Profibus & Profinet International) would already – and once again – have presented its progress on Industry 4.0 work at the Hanover Fair – but this is no ordinary year. Nevertheless, the working group experts are working tirelessly on implementing concepts like the use of Profinet over TSN, fail-safe machine-to-machine communication and information models for vertical communication – virtually and at a safe distance, of course.

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Lots of new information on Industry 4.0 work can be found on the PI website.
Lots of new information on Industry 4.0 work can be found on the PI website.
(Source: Profibus)

Obviously, this is not an easy time for an organisation which has committed itself to the networking of automation systems, and especially also those of technical experts. The company has been part of the digital transformation from the very beginning, though, which makes it ideally equipped for this situation.

This being the case, it is no wonder that the working groups chose to continue developing their concepts. Online meetings and processes have been part of everyday work at PI for many years, enabling effective and easy cooperation, states the company. To share this progress with Profinet users as well, the firm is now implementing a number of different virtual methods of communication.

The focal point of this communication is the website,, where ‘Industry 4.0’ is being rolled out again in its entirety. The firm is focusing on the highlights of its Industry 4.0 work here, beginning with Profinet over TSN, OPC UA Safety and vertical communication, mentions the company. Additional concepts will be addressed and added successively over time.

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The firm won’t just be providing an overview of the technology and leaving it at that – technical details on solutions and use cases for applications will be added as well. This gives device manufacturers and users solid information for their own implementation of Industry 4.0-compliant integration, adds the firm.

In addition to this digital content, the company also visualised an Industry 4.0 workshop in March that enabled discussion in these trying times – times which everyone at the firm hopes will be over soon. Regardless, the working groups will continue to work hard on implementing Industry 4.0, in keeping with the motto: Go digital. Go Profinet.