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PROFINET is an industry technical standard for data communication over Industrial Ethernet. It was designed to exchange data between controllers and devices, with a particular strength in delivering data under tight time constraints.

Controllers can be PLCs, DCSs, or PACs. Devices can be I/O blocks, vision systems, RFID readers, drives, process instruments, proxies, or even other controllers. 

The Connectware implementation of PROFINET acts as a sniffer and allows to read cyclic data from PROFINET devices. PROFINET connections can be deployed with GSD files. Using GSD files which are associated with each physical Profinet IO-Device, it is possible to decode the data produced by this device and obtain meta information.

This protocol is optional and subject to license.

Application examples

  • Gathering data from distributed PLC systems
  • Field Process Monitoring
  • Data Historian
  • Process Analytics

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About Cybus Connectware

Cybus Connectware is the IIoT Edge Application platform made in Germany.

Cybus Connectware provides smart factories with universal connectivity to edge devices, sensors and machines, with on-premises pre-processing and effective data governance.

IT departments use Cybus Connectware as a layer of security and orchestration to selectively provide IIoT services and applications, local or cloud, with just the data that is required. Under the hood, Connectware serves the OT as unified on-premises hub to connect any type of machine, device or sensor. It buffers, converts and pre-processes data locally. A transparent expert system that offers industry best practices and DevOps for quality assurance, workflows and automation, are easy to adopt and limitless to extend.

With Cybus Connectware, the data producer stays in control and can securely leverage IIoT use cases of any scope and size, single or many in parallel. It means agility and versatility to win the IIoT era.