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PROFINET and PROFIsafe in automation applications

13 May 2014

The returned figures from an PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) initiated count of devices used in the automation market show that, in 2013, the trend of strong growth for PROFINET and PROFIsafe continued while PROFIBUS maintained a high level.

According to the figures, there were 3.6 million new PROFIBUS nodes in the market in 2013, increasing the number of installed PROFIBUS devices to over 47.4 million.

Of these, 8.2 million are incorporated in process automation plants. With a growth rate of newly added nodes of 20%, the number of PROFINET devices installed now stands at over 7.6 million. PROFIsafe saw a growth rate of 33%, bringing the total number of installed devices to 2.95 million. 

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