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Interbus announces its integration into Profibus

12 April, 2011

The Interbus Club Germany and PI (Profibus and Profinet International) have reached a mutual decision to integrate the Interbus fieldbus system and organisation into PI. The decision was made at the organisations’ annual assemblies at the recent Hannover Fair.

The agreement to merge reflects the dramatic shift in industrial communications technologies towards Ethernet-based systems. Interbus supporters had earlier decided to rely on Profinet as their future Ethernet-based standard and to set up integration activities within the relevant PI working groups.

The Interbus Club members regard their technology as being “fully developed”, and have now decided to transfer the technology to PI and to disband their organisation once this had been achieved.

Interbus Club chairman Stefan Körte emphasizes that “the easy and economical integration into Profinet will ensure that the investments of users in Interbus technology are protected”.

PI chairman Joerg Freitag describes the integration of Interbus technology into PI as “a logical move” following the migration from Interbus to Profinet.

Interbus was one of the first industrial communications networks. It was developed originally by Phoenix Contact and has been available since 1987. Since the Interbus Club was founded more than 20 years ago, it has promoted further development of the Interbus system, which was standardised in IEC 61158 and IEC 61784 and is used in numerous applications worldwide. In its heyday, more than 600 manufacturers supported the Interbus technology.

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