PROFINET is an Industrial Ethernet standard developed by the association PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. that is based on an open architecture. This advanced technology is represented worldwide by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI). The chainflex® cable range from igus® offers a variety of PROFINET cables: a total of nine different cable types are available, all specifically developed for permanent movement in the energy chain.
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PROFINET stands for Process Field Network and, like every Industrial Ethernet standard, uses the TCP/IP or IT standards, which enables continuous application in manufacturing and process automation. Generally speaking, Profinet fits into the Industrial Ethernet standard alongside bus systems such as Sercos, EtherCat or CC-Link IE. The advantage of such networks, apart from the possibility of real-time capability, is the modularly structured concept, which allows the user to choose the functionality himself quickly and easily. This makes it possible to design the type of cyclic data exchange across all PROFINET devices, to meet the ever-increasing speed requirements and to establish countless diagnostic options in real time. The seamless integration of the other fieldbus systems through a PROFINET interface should not be underestimated.
A distinction is made between Profinet IO (Input Output), which was created for the connection of decentralised peripherals to a control system (controller), and Profinet CBA (Component Based Automation). The latter view is used for component-based communication via TCP/IP and real-time communication in modular plant engineering. For this reason, PROFINET networks are often referred to as IO controllers or IO devices.
PROFINET IO is primarily used for data exchange in mechanical engineering, drive technology and in the manufacturing industry. In addition, this open Industrial Ethernet standard is also used in infrastructural constructions and the building industry.
Appropriately specified cables are available for a wide range of applications and functions. As with PROFIBUS or EtherCAT, cables in the machines and systems often have fixed laying or installation so that cables with a solid conductor consisting of seven strands can be selected.
For applications in motion, especially in the energy chain, also known as e-chain, it is however necessary to use bus cables with eighteen stranded wires. In addition, a cable structure tailored to the movement in the energy chain is necessary, so that secure data transmission of the various bus modules is guaranteed over the years. This is why chainflex® PROFINET cables have become established especially in equipment and machines such as robots, packaging machines, production machines and machine tools.
At igus® you can choose between nine different cable qualities depending on the requirements and environment. The different bus cable series offer a different structure and different jacket materials in the form of PVC, PUR or TPE, so that the right cable can be selected for each application area to achieve the maximum service life for your automation system. But igus® is not only the right contact for permanent and flexible use; lean and efficient processes are also quickly installed. Trust in our offer with the best price-performance ratio and take advantage of our support with the price check.
All chainflex® PROFINET cables have one thing in common. All chainflex® cables are subject to the same quality standards. It does not matter whether it is a cost-effective cable of the CF888 family, or a cable for highest demands and smallest bend radii, as is the case with the CFBUS.LB. Therefore, igus® GmbH also grants a 36-month functional guarantee on all chainflex® cables with a service life of up to 10 million double strokes for bus cables.
For fully integrated automation and engineering systems, igus® also offers readycable® harnessed cables as a one-stop service. Each PROFINET cable can be supplied with open ends or harnessed. You can choose from a wide range of harnessed industrial plug-in connectors; whether with moulded standard M12 connectors (D-coded) or field-harnessed as RJ45 . This allows your Industry 4.0 solution to be implemented directly, as Profinet can be connected to many control systems - from Siemens, Allen Bradley, Bosch,... as standard.
"At Fujitsu Siemens Computers, for example, we currently achieve a real placement rate of 1.71 seconds per component. Plant availability is a very important issue for us. We are an ISO-certified company, and as such we have to check our suppliers closely for quality and reliability. A complete weekend to dismantle and replace the cable assembly is not acceptable to any customer. At some point we then purchased our cables from igus® - and that solved most of the problems." "
IPTE Germany GmbH, Heroldsberg
"Our special cleaning process with the Robot Sword Brush, which is the heart of our technical centre, is used without interruption by many well-known manufacturers in the automotive industry. Originally, all robot cables had been protected against mechanical damage at the factory. But that didn't work. They were constantly cracked or had worn through, with the result that the entire test system came to a standstill. That's why we were looking for a technical solution that would reliably and permanently protect the various cables".
Martin WeberWandres GmbH micro-cleaning, Buchenbach-Wagensteig
"Our compact cameras are geared to the central customer advantage of easy installation in practice. We pay attention to the highest quality. Starting from a length of 5m, we only specify the industry-compatible bus cables from igus® for perfect data transmission. Conventional cables could not withstand the mechanical and electrical stresses in the long term but then we came across the chainflex® cables."
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH, Obersulm
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