Plant & Works Engineering
igus joins global automation body Profibus & Profinet International (PI)
Published:  29 March, 2021

igus has joined the world’s largest automation membership body to advance the research of Profinet technology in dynamic applications.

The focus for Profibus & Profinet International (PI), which has more than 1700 members worldwide, is the continuous development of Profibus and Profinet technology, the two most important enabling technologies in automation today.

igus, which has its UK headquarters in Northampton, has embraced Profinet technology, with its chainflex cable range offering nine different Profinet cable types, all specifically developed for continuous movement in an energy chain.

John Barker, Chainflex product manager at igus, the global manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings, said: “Profinet is increasingly important in dynamic applications so we are delighted to have joined PI as a global cable manufacturer. We are committed to further advancing the development of this exciting technology, ensuring our customers benefit from cable solutions that always meet existing and new electrical requirements.”

Profinet, the world’s leading Ethernetbased communication solution for industrial automation, offers clear advantages for industry: a large amount of data can be transferred at up to 100 Mbit/second based on the Ethernet protocol.

This technology can prove challenging for standard cables when used in a moving machine, especially where space is restricted. For this reason, igus has been developing cables that are specifically suitable for use in energy chains and on robots for more than 25 years.

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