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."
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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