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Profibus and Profinet International (PI) has introduced Profienergy: a Profinet-based solution for the energy management of production equipment.

In order to achieve a standardised procedure for energy management, representatives of the Automation Initiative of German Automobile Manufacturers (Aida) asked PI about a year ago to develop a solution.

As part of this solution, equipment is to be switched off during idle times, such as weekends and holidays.

It must also be possible to switch off individual equipment components or entire systems during brief as well as unscheduled pauses.

Profienergy, the vendor-neutral energy-savings profile now available, allows operators to achieve effective energy management.

The profile can be integrated into individual components (such as robots, lasers, controllers or drives) by means of a firmware update.

PI is meeting the demand for a standardised operator input for parameterisation, runtime and diagnostics.

The working group, which includes device manufacturers and various institutes and users, emphasised the suitability of the profile for real-world application from the outset.

This is an important requirement for the rapid implementation of Profienergy in products and solutions, which is expected in 2010.

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