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DRIVES: THE ENGINE OF INNOVATION

Drive technology in the automation industry is undergoing a remarkable wave of innovation, writes Peter Wenzel (left), Managing Director of PNO in Germany. The market is demanding intelligent drives that contribute to solving many challenges. Drive technology is a basic requirement for every modern production plant. But something deeper is happening too, as safety and energy management become important. Functions such as Safe Limited Speed, Safe Torque Off, and switch-off during operation pauses to lower energy use are now involved. PI has a solution for these functions in its PROFIsafe and PROFIenergy profiles. By combining these with PROFIdrive, the drive becomes a platform for advanced functionality and the once-simple fieldbus interface becomes a multi-functional communication node. Many PI member companies offer support for developing PROFIdrive products. There’s also an Open Source option. It’s maintained by the Industrial NetWorx Community (see also story below).

Extracted from : an article titled “Drives: The Engine for Innovation in Process and Factory Automation,” published in full in the PROFINEWS app.  Get the app here

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