We are and will remain the world’s leading organi-zation in the field of digital networking for industrialand process automation, serving our customers,our members and the press with
the best solu-tions, benefits and information.We are committed to setting and protecting thestandards for open communication and control inthe automation and process market.
From the outset, the field of auto-mation has been subject to con-tinuous change. Not so long ago,this change was limited to the pro-duction area of a company. In pro-duction, the implementation of fieldbus technology has meantconsiderable innovation, enablingthe migration from centralized todecentralized automation systems.This has been the PROFIBUS ob-jective for more than 10 years.In those 10 years PROFIBUS hasbecome the world market leader infieldbus technology. In spite of theoutstanding success of recentyears, PROFIBUS developmentcontinues with undiminished en-thusiasm and energy. Initially thefocus was on communication tech-nology. Current activities center around system integration, engi-neering and, in particular, the ap-plication profiles. These profileshave made PROFIBUS the onlyfieldbus that provides comprehen-sive both factory and processautomation.Additionally, Information Technol-ogy (IT) increasingly determinesdevelopment in today´s world of automation. Modern fieldbus sys-tems have adopted IT principlesand are achieving greater consis-tency with the corporate manage-ment level. In this respect, indus-trial automation is following the de-velopment trends of the officeworld, where IT has long since leftits mark, radically transforming in-frastructure, systems and proc-esses. The integration of informa-tion technology in the world of automation opens up many newprospects for global data commu-nication between automation sys-tems. In pursuit of this objective,PROFIBUS is enhanced by theEthernet-based communicationstandard PROFInet.The use of open standards rather than proprietary solutions ensureslong-term compatibility and ex-pandability - in other words - pro-tection of existing investment. Thisis a matter of key importance to thePROFIBUS User Organization. Thecontinuous development of PRO-FIBUS technology providesmembers with a long-term perspec-tive.