Clear added value throughout a plant’s entire lifecycle

Each phase of plant engineering depends on a sustainable overall concept which ensures the efficient networking of all technical components. PROFINET fully meets these requirements – and thus contributes to particularly high performance and speed in production applications.


Concept and engineering




Operation and maintenance

PROFINET reduces the complexity in plant engineering and facilitates central engineering for the entire process.

• Enormously accelerated integration

• Easy, highly flexible plant assembly and conversion

• Reuse of individual plant parts

PROFINET supports considerable time savings, thereby creating the prerequisites for meeting the tight time frames between project start to realization.

• Independent testing, commissioning and validation of individual plant parts

• Rapid, flexible commissioning with reduced costs

• Easy wiring

PROFINET ensures high performance, availability and safety – while also significantly increasing energy efficiency.

• Network integration of devices with higher transfer rates

• Secure access to machines and plants – e.g. for remote maintenance purposes

• Systematic disconnection of devices during break periods



Typical applications at a glance

  • Car body manufacturing

  • Paint shops

  • Wind power plants

  • Newspaper printing line

  • Glass production

  • Solar panel production

  • Rolling plants

Concept and engineering

PROFINET reduces the complexity in plant engineering and facilitates central engineering for the entire process. This results in enormously accelerated integration. Moreover, maximum flexibility ensures the overall plant’s easy assembly and conversion: Depending on the process step, components can be added, replaced or complete plant assemblies can be multiplied. Also the reuse of individual plant parts is supported. All this decisively contributes to increased efficiency in terms of conceptual design and engineering.

Your advantages of PROFINET for plant engineering at a glance

  • Open standard
    Smooth communication between products by various manufacturers through PROFINET standard (IEC 61158/61784); clear definition and conclusive roles, e.g. with fast start-up, PROFIenergy (energy efficiency), parameterization and diagnostics

  • Expandability
    Effortless integration of additional network components; also older plant parts based on PROFIBUS can be integrated

  • Version management
    Expansion of stations in PROFINET networks; expansions or modifications within the stations with option handling without impact on the network performance

  • Flexible topologies
    Transfer of PROFINET in various topologies; in addition to line, star and tree structures, also redundant rings as well as wireless technology are supported; connections made of copper, glass optical fiber or plastic optical fiber; Industrial Wireless LAN for wireless connection