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With increasing automation on the factory floor, there is a growing need for data exchange over networks - hence increasing demands on traditional Ethernet cables in sophisticated systems, which must stand up to harsh conditions such as extreme temperatures, humidity, vibrations, and electromagnetic interference, while still supporting high data rates.

As “smart” machines become more prevalent in industrial production, smart factory networks where plants can communicate intelligently with one another to facilitate self-optimisation, are the future of digital transformation. Greater openness, efficiency and performance in industrial communication is required. Is your network infrastructure ready for the next Industrial Revolution?

More than just a data transmission protocol, PROFINET is a standard based on Ethernet technology that establishes high-performance networks and as a result, enables efficient automation in smart factories.

PROFINET or Process Field Network is an advance communication protocol based on Industrial Ethernet, and is widely adopted and used as a benchmark when designing a smart factory.1

Its guidelines specify the structure as well as the mechanical and electrical properties of cables that can be used in PROFINET networks, such as permissible design and colour of cable outer sheaths and cores, defines plug connector faces, and much more.

Generation & Standardisation of PROFINET
The industrial Ethernet system PROFINET was developed by Siemens AG together with the PROFIBUS & PROFINET User Organisation (PNO). This user organisation is now active worldwide and has hundreds of members, and LAPP also plays an active role in the respective working groups.
The PROFINET system is specified internationally in IEC 61918 'Industrial communication networks’ – installation of communication networks in industrial premises' for cabling within and between automation islands and/or production islands. The specific infrastructure for PROFINET cabling and connection solutions is standardised in turn in IEC 61784-5-3.
Nearly 50 million PROFINET nodes or devices have been installed and placed on the market in 2021.2
What benefits does PROFINET offer?

PROFINET is suitable for all automation technology and can be used in any industry. A tried-and-tested system, PROFINET components with certification guarantee a high level of system reliability.
100% Ethernet compatibility
Be equipped for the world of Industry 4.0.
Modular design enables flexible use
From robotics and mechanical engineering to food and beverage, PROFINET can be used almost everywhere, offering flexibility in terms of functionality, due to its modular design according to conformity classes.
Scalable real-time communication
Enables high-performance networks and manufacturer-independent automation solutions factories – at field level and in real time.
Interoperability of PROFINET-compliant components thanks to standardisation
Interoperability of components has been built into PROFINET from the outset to ensure seamless integration.
Tried-and-tested safety and diagnostic concepts
With integrated safety and diagnostic functions, downtime is reduced for greater performance and reliability.
LAPP, Your Ideal Partner for IIoT
Whether you are integrating new communication standards, connecting IT and production networks or taking the next big step with time-sensitive networking (TSN), Industrial Ethernet standard PROFINET is the right choice to help you take things forward.

Learn more about LAPP’s cabling solutions suitable for use in harsh industrial environments:
"Fast Connect" cable with sheath and shielding cut to right length:
Cable for fixed installations between machinery and plants:
Fibre optic cable for PROFINET applications with low space requirement:
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