The growth of Profibus and Profinet technologies in process automation

13 August 2015

At the end of 2014, nearly 51 million PROFIBUS devices were installed in industrial plants worldwide, about 3.5 million more than the previous year. At the same time, PROFIBUS in process automation is also recording steady growth.

PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Today, over nine million PROFIBUS devices are installed in the process automation sector, around 800,000 more than the previous year. 
The success of PROFIBUS PA is said to be based on three areas – its ease of installation and operation, the many possibilities resulting from uniform diagnostics according to NAMUR NE 107, and its performance with fast uploading and downloading of parameters. 

The availability of a high-performance solution for hazardous areas also naturally plays a major role in the process industry. "Users also appreciate its reliability, for instance, in that all versions are compatible with one another. It is now important to achieve the same result for PROFINET," explained Karsten Schneider, chairman of PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. and Chairman of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI).   "PROFINET has stood for reliable and sustainable communication technology in production automation for some years now and is already doing so today in process automation." 

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