market research analysts forecast the global
industrial PROFINET market to grow at a CAGR of more than 17% during
the forecast period, according to their latest report.
The market study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the
PROFINET market for 2017-2021. The report also lists hardware
and software solutions, and service as the two major solutions, of which
the hardware and software solutions segment accounted for more than 76%
of the market share in 2016.
PROFINET is an Ethernet-based protocol that allows easy integration of
the devices and provides open access to all the devices connected to the
system. The devices must follow standard specifications necessary to get
connected to the network. The popularity of PROFINET has emerged due to
its easy installation and cabling. The PROFINET systems also allow easy
upgrades, in keeping with improvements in automation and technology.
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Technavio analysts highlight the following three market drivers that are
contributing to the growth of the global industrial PROFINET market:
- Flexible network topologies
- Secure communication in industrial networks
- Enhances industrial performance
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Flexible network topologies
PROFINET enables flexible network topology to connect the machines in
the field and set up the network communication. The different topologies
that can be built are star, linear, tree, and ring structures. Some
industries may include all the topologies in the field depending on the
order of the connection required. The connection is made through copper
or fiber optic PROFINET cables, which can be assembled by a single
Secure communication in industrial networks
The communication via PROFINET is exposed to the Internet. Thus, there
is a high alert to improve the cyber security to protect the data of an
industry from getting hacked. However, PROFINET allows universal
communication around the world with proper security. Continuous
sequencing with numbers, time monitored functions, password
authenticity, and secure check against cyclic redundancy are the
fundamental measures that enable a secure communication across the world.
“PROFINET takes care of all the safety aspects of the personnel,
machine, and the environment. Using PROFIsafe enables functioning
through a single network and allows all relevant data to be accessed
from remote locations. PROFIsafe counteracts all the possible sources of
errors by using PROFINET real-time communications,” says Bharath
Kanniappan, a lead analyst at Technavio for automation
Enhances industrial performance
Rapid industrialization around the world is making it necessary to
reduce the time and cost of production to prevent losing out on the
returns on investment. The need for better operational performance is
driving organizations to install automation and network communication
systems to establish a streamlined process. Industrial performance is
enhanced by implementing different communication protocols along the
network, among which PROFINET is the major one.
“The flexibility of PROFINET allows connections with industrial
wireless LAN systems safely. The flexible topologies allow connectivity
of all the devices in the field, irrespective of the proximity.
Different topologies, such as ring, line, star, and tree structures,
provide flexibility for the installation of machines, depending on their
size and space available on the factory floor,” says Bharath.
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