PROFINET Stacks, Tools and Driver

Established in 1989 PROFIBUS is one of the most frequently used bus system for Industrial automation. Caused by the idea of a uniform network from the office down to the sensor and the corresponding introduction of Ethernet to the plant floor some adaptions to this technology were necessary. For this reason the Profibus & Profinet International (PI) has defined the specification of PROFINET. PROFINET is often considered to be the successor of PROFIBUS. PROFINET is Real-Time capable, uses IT-standards like TCP/IP and offers the integration of fieldbus systems. PROFINET is standardized in the IEC specifications IEC 61158 and IEC 61784.