PI North America

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About PI North America


16101 N 82nd St., Suite 3B
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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PI North America was founded as PROFIBUS Trade Organization in 1994 and was generally known as just PTO.  Although an autonomous non-profit trade organization, PTO renamed itself to PI North America to more closely identify with the international umbrella organization for the Regional PI Associations.

PI North America is dedicated to showing industry the beneficial results of using fieldbuses in general and PROFIBUS and PROFINET in particular while assisting device manufacturers throughout North America in the development and marketing of PROFIBUS and PROFINET products.

Over 1400 companies organized in 25 Regional PROFIBUS Associations develop and supply fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet solutions for cost efficient and highly reliable automation.

PI North America is part of the global PI community that includes 25 Regional PI Associations (RPAs).

Products & Press Releases

Michael Bowne, PI North America

Understanding Network Protocols in an IIoT Context

May 10, 2019
With a better understanding of how protocols function, better decisions can be made about how to handle the data generated in smart factories.
Michael Bowne, executive director of PI North America, presenting at the general assembly meeting

Fieldbus Wins—Not Wars

Sept. 26, 2018
As time-sensitive networking gains traction in industrial networks, the reigning fieldbus factions are positioning themselves for the future.
Michael Bowne, PI North America

Not Your Father’s Fieldbus

Aug. 2, 2018
As big as the move from fieldbuses to Ethernet-based networks was, the move toward Time-Sensitive Networking will be equally significant because it places all protocols on the...
Michael Bowne, PI North America

Network Performance in the Converged Future

May 9, 2018
How industrial Ethernet developments are fostering an expanded relationship between the field level and the MES level.
The rise of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) has played a key role in solidifying Ethernet’s future use in the plant.

Questions About Time Sensitive Networking

Time-Sensitive Networking's star has been on the rise with its promise to bring determinism via standard Ethernet to the plant floor. In contrast to the positive news surrounding...
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Future-Proofing Your Industrial Network

March 5, 2018
Concepts like the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data and IT/OT convergence are making headlines and the race is on for companies to leverage each to gain a sustainable competitive...
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Understanding the IIoT Hype Cycle

Nov. 22, 2017
Focus on actual use cases to avoid all the hype, and implement solutions that solve real-world problems.
Michael Bowne, Executive director, PI North America

Edge Computing: A Competing View

Aug. 22, 2017
There still remains a lot of discussion about what ‘edge computing’ really means. At its core, it’s more about how control technologies are used than what they do.
Michael Bowne, Executive director, PI North America

The Importance of Open Standards

May 10, 2017
As the data from factories scales exponentially, the ability to access that data transparently becomes critical. If we want the Industrial Internet of Things to truly be a game...
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Ethernet and Industrial Communications: What’s Going On?

March 29, 2017
It’s been hard to miss all the activity going on recently around Time-Sensitive Networking and OPC UA. Here’s what it means for the near-term future of industrial networking.

Articles & News


Simplifying Industry’s Adoption of Time-Sensitive Networking

Nov. 1, 2022
Profibus & Profinet International works to make technologies like Time-Sensitive Networking easy for end users, but we also help automation companies build TSN-capable products...
Michael Bowne, Executive Director, PI North America

A Deep Dive into Time-Sensitive Networking

July 3, 2022
Learn how Time-Sensitive Networking brings determinism to Ethernet—from time synchronization and prioritization to preemption and boundary ports.
Michael Bowne, Executive Director, PI North America

A Uniform Interface for Robots

Nov. 5, 2021
Once again, a group of companies has banded together to create a vendor-independent standard and found a home in Profibus International to promote, harmonize, and certify their...

Fieldbus in the Industrial Ethernet Age

With Ethernet having become the preferred industrial network type, do fieldbus networks still play a role? The answer depends on the application, even though Ethernet is clearly...
SPE uses a single twisted pair of wires, as opposed to the two or three used in other forms of industrial ethernet.

Industrial Ethernet Advances Broaden the Network’s Value Across Industries

July 13, 2021
Recent innovations in industrial Ethernet’s physical layer—Single Pair Ethernet and Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer—are being heralded as game-changers for their ability to extend...
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Supplier News

Announcing IO-Link North America

July 8, 2021
PI North America, the non-profit member-supported trade association for promoting industrial networking technologies in North America, has signed a contract with the IO-Link Community...
Michael Bowne, Executive Director, PI North America
Business Intelligence

Information Models: Defining Data and Relations

May 15, 2021
As ever-more amounts of manufacturing data are being used at enterprise IT levels, the challenge of easily accessing, collecting, and processing that data is growing. To tackle...
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Supplier News

PI North America Releases PROFINET Product Testing & Certification Guide

March 9, 2021
PI North America, the non-profit member-supported organization for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, IO-Link, and omlox technologies in North America, is excited to introduce a comprehensive...
Michael Bowne, executive director, PI North America

Find Yourself with a Real-Time Location System

March 4, 2021
Launched in 2020, omlox is the world’s first interoperable standard for location technology in industrial environments.
The core components of IO-Link communication, the implementations of the protocol layer and the functions remain unchanged.

Can IO-Link and SPE Work Together?

Integrating an existing industrial communication standard with an up-and-coming method often creates headaches. But several industry experts see an easy path to integrating IO...

Videos & Resources

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Video: Intro to PROFINET

Sept. 12, 2011
PROFINET supports virtually all automation functions in manufacturing, including discrete control, process control, motion control, peer-to-peer integration, vertical IT integration...

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Michael Bowne, Executive Director, PI North America

Ethernet at the Sensor Level

Aug. 14, 2020
It’s an exciting time for the factory automation sensor and process control instrumentation markets as Ethernet evolves for wider use in manufacturing. With 2-wire industrial ...
Michael Bowne, executive director, PI North America

The Big Picture Network

April 11, 2020
What does digital transformation mean for industrial networks? How can a future-proof networking strategy help companies go digital? What are the trends in automation networks...
Michael Bowne, PI North America

Trends to Watch in 2020 and Beyond

Nov. 1, 2019
Understanding how the ‘black channel principle’ ensures safety-related messages get from their source to their destination and IO-Link’s role in simplifying the sensor-to-cloud...
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Not So Fast: TSN Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

Though standardization efforts for Time-Sensitive Networking continue at pace, it is still years before industry should expect to see a bumper crop of compatible products.
Fumihiko Kimura (left), CLPA Chairman, and Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman.

Interoperability and the Industrial Ethernet Rebound

A variety of reasons have contributed to the slowing of industrial Ethernet’s growth rate over the past several months, but all signs continue to point toward it becoming the ...
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IIoT and the Changes It Demands

Dec. 6, 2016
During a panel discussion at PI North America’s general meeting, industry experts talked about how the Industrial Internet of Things is affecting the needed skillsets, tools and...
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How the Convergence of IT and OT Impacts Engineers

Nov. 23, 2016
From the domain expertise required to filter the required data in the correct way to expanding automation and IT networking knowledge requirements, the Internet of Things is dramaticall...
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Asset Management to the Last Device

Aug. 9, 2016
How the concept of asset management is evolving with the Industrial Internet of Things to address assets ranging from robots to I/O blocks.
Michael Bowne, Director of technology marketing, PI North America

The Millennial Connection

May 13, 2016
To succeed with the Internet of Things, it’s important to think like a Millennial—even if you aren't one.