Roland Bent, senior VP of Phoenix Contact (www.phoenixcontact.com)—the company that created Interbus and, for many years, was the fiercest rival of Siemens-backed Profibus—says his company will now "direct its efforts consistently towards Profinet technologies, and work in close cooperation with PNO and its member companies to further develop this technology." Why the drastic change? He says the German automotive industry association VDA has asked control manufacturers to "develop a standard-ized Ethernet-based solution," and by integrating Interbus into Profinet, the two standard fieldbus systems (Interbus and Profibus) will be "consolidated into one Ethernet platform."
The series now can interface with a wider array of EtherNet/IP-compliant hardware across many industrial sectors, including factory automation systems, plastic injection molding apparatus, and materials-handling equipment.
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