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 and IT standards, allowing end-to-end use in manufacturing and process automation. Generally speaking, Profinet fits into the Industrial Ethernet standard alongside bus systems such as Sercos, EtherCat, and CC-Link IE. The advantage of such networks, apart from potential real-time capability, is the modularly structured concept which allows the user to quickly and easily choose the functionality himself. This makes it possible to design the type of cyclic data exchange across all PROFINET devices to meet the ever-increasing speed requirements and establish countless diagnostic capabilities in real time. The seamless integration of the other field bus systems with a PROFINET interface should not be underestimated.
There is a distinction between Profinet IO (Input Output), which was created to connect decentralised peripherals to a 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. That is why 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 the manufacturing industry. This open Industrial Ethernet standard is also found in infrastructure constructions and the building industry.
Correspondingly specified cables are available for a wide range of application areas and functions. As with PROFIBUS and EtherCAT, cables in machines and plants are often also used for fixed installation or cabling, so that the conductors contain a solid wire or have a seven-wire structure.
However, for applications in motion, especially in the energy chain, also known as e-chain, it is necessary to use bus cables with eighteen stranded wires. In addition, a cable structure tailored to movement in energy chains is required to guarantee data transmission in the various bus modules 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 various bus cable series offer a different structure and various jacket materials in the form of PVC, PUR or TPE, so that the right cable can be selected for every application area to achieve the longest service life in your automation system. However, igus® is not only the right partner for durable and flexible use, it also helps you introduce lean and efficient processes quickly. You can rely on 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 you are looking at a cost-effective cable from the CF888 family or a cable for the 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 service lives of up to 10 million double strokes for bus cables.
For fully integrated automation and engineering systems, igus® also offers readycable® harnessed cables as service from one source. Each PROFINET cable can be supplied with open ends or harnessed. You can choose from a wide range of pre-assembled industrial connectors; whether with injection-moulded standard M12 connectors (D-coded) or field-assembled as RJ45 . This means that your Industry 4.0 solution can be implemented directly, as PROFINET is used by default on many control systems from Siemens, Allen Bradley, Bosch etc.
"The cooperation of the two technologically leading companies, igus & Telegärtner, made it possible to qualify a secure Profinet connection far beyond any standards. With this result, even the most demanding customer enjoys the security of combining the highest quality components, which are clearly above the market standard, in a functionally reliable way."
"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".
Wandres 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