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PROFINET for the process industry

Secure, fast, and consistent throughout the entire plant

Creating a consistent, end-to-end communication structure throughout the plant is becoming increasingly important in the process industry. PROFINET supports secure and fast data exchange on all levels. Click through the videos showing how PROFINET supports your requirements especially in the process industry – how PROFINET can be integrated in SIMATIC PCS7, PROFIBUS PA, and HART – and how simple monitoring is with the Safety Matrix.


PROFINET in use – typical applications

PROFINET plays a valuable role in a wide variety of applications in the process industry.


A few examples:

  • Cement production
  • Burner controls
  • Boiler controls
  • Power generation
  • Fire and gas systems
  • Oil production and refinery
  • Desalination
  • Gas tanks
  • Fertilizer production
  • Mixing and dispensing
  • Breweries
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Solar panel manufacturing
  • Rolling mills

Increase productivity


How can industrial communication help to further boost productivity in the process industry? Especially in the often expansive, complex, and heterogeneous plants, smooth data exchange is a must to be able to optimize processes. As an open standard, PROFINET ensures that everyone can communicate with each other – very easily.

All subprocesses work together optimally

PROFINET supports all subprocesses working perfectly together as the basis for increasing the speed and productivity of the overall process. Thanks to the unified IEC 61158/61784 Industrial Ethernet standards, a consistent, end-to-end flow of communication is also ensured in processing plants that are characterized by a wide variety of devices, manufacturers, and technologies.
This also includes the use of wireless technologies such as WLAN according to IEEE 802.11 as well as mobile communications. Especially in difficult-to-access areas in the often complex plants, wireless communication is a significant factor for smooth operation.