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COVER STORY INTECH MAY/JUNE 2017 15 laboratory at Industriepark Höchst, a center of the European process industry in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. "Mul- tiple vendors are supporting the effort, including Endress+Hauser, Krohne, Rockwell Automation, and Schneider Electric," said Olivier Wolff, ODVA Pro- cess SIG participant and employee of Endress+Hauser, a principal member of ODVA. The EtherNet/IP system is sched- uled to be commissioned in May 2017. PI announced on 11 October 2016 that at a joint symposium, PI and NAMUR e.V., discussed the use of Eth- ernet in the process industry. The goal of the event was to evaluate, coordinate, and prioritize the requirements placed on an Ethernet communication system for process automation. The results of the discussions by experienced spe- cialists from system and device manu- facturers and expert users in this field were compiled in a position paper of the NAMUR WG 2.6 Fieldbus (convened by Sven Seintsch of Bilfinger). It will be the basis for the development of a next- generation digital communication sys- tem for use at process plants. Michael Pelz (Clariant Plastics & Coatings), head of NAMUR Working Area 2, Automa- tion Systems for Processes and Plants, summarized the benefits of this activity, "Close cooperation between manufac- turer and user organizations beginning at the early phase of a new technology unleashes great synergy potential. This provides the best opportunity for intro- ducing a new technology, both cost ef fec- tively in production by the supplier and efficiently at the plants of the user." Dr. Peter Wenzel, managing director of PI, sees "special challenges for digital and networked communication structures" in the specific characteristics of the pro- cess industry, such as long plant service lives and accordingly long-term use of process control and field device technol- ogy, complex devices, and high require- ments on security and availability. "This is why the successful introduction of an Ethernet-based communication system requires early coordination of require- ments with users. The experts at PI are happy to engage in this task and are look- ing forward to intensive and fruitful co- operation with NAMUR experts." Industry 4.0 for Process is evolving and is consistent with other new initia- tives for improving industrial automa- tion system architectures. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bill Lydon ( is chief editor of InTech. Lydon has been active in manu- facturing automation for more than 25 years. He started his career as a designer of computer-based machine tool controls; in other positions, he applied programmable logic controllers and process control tech- nology. In addition to experience at vari- ous large companies, he cofounded and was president of a venture-capital-funded industrial automation software company. View the online version at © 2017, Festo Group. All rights reserved. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse these products. Flexibility and reliability. They're the building blocks for IASE's modular approach to robotic packaging systems. For Michele and Pasquale, choosing the right components is critical. To them, they're not just building systems; they're building their customers' trust. That's why they rely on the superior automation products and support they receive from Festo. Making customers competitive. That's what moves Michele and Pasquale. What moves you? Michele and Pasquale apply a LEGO ® approach to automation. Festo helps them build customer trust. Michele & Pasquale D'Egidio Owners, Industrial Automation Systems Engineering (IASE) Access Our Latest Best Practices Report. Visit

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