Realtime Ethernet in Sensor/Actuator Networking

Project Duration: 1.10.2006 to 30.6.2008 (Finished)
Area of Research: Industrial Communications : Industrial Ethernet
Project Manager: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jasperneite


Due to the continuous use of Ethernet in Industrial Automation technology (AT) cost reductions in the planning, commissioning and maintenance of networked automation systems are expected. One of the protagonists motivation for using Ethernet at the plant floor is to participate in the exciting development of Standard Ethernet. To use Ethernet at the field level of plants or machines, extensions of  Standard Ethernet are necessary. Currently there are several real-time Ethernet concepts (RTE) under discussion or in the phase of market deployment. A promising approach is Profinet. One objective of this publicly funded project is to analyse the future potential of today's real-time Ethernet systems regarding perfomance.

We are also looking for new approaches to overcome any deficiencies of the Profinet-Technology in terms of performance and simplicity, especially at the field level of machines or plants.

In a press workshop of the Profibus Nutzerorganisation (PNO) in November 2007 first results of the analysis phase were presented.

At the hanover fair 2008 we presented our new optimization mechanism for increasing the performance of PROFINET at the booth of the PNO organization.

The final Report comes up soon.

Industrial partner:
MAZET, Jena (Germany)
Phoenix Contact GmbH, Blomberg (Germany)
Siemens AG, Erlangen (Germany)

Scientific partner:
TU Berlin  (Chair of Microelectronics) (Germany)

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Imtiaz, Jahanzaib; Jasperneite, Jürgen; Weber, Karl; Lessmann, Gunnar; Goetz, Franz-Josef: A Novel Method for Auto Configuration of Realtime Ethernet Networks. In: 13th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA2008) Hamburg, Germany, Sep 2008 (More)

Schumacher, Markus; Jasperneite, Jürgen; Weber, Karl: A new Approach for Increasing the Performance of the Industrial Ethernet System PROFINET. In: 7th IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS 2008) S.: 159 - 167, Dresden, Germany, May 2008 (More)

Jasperneite, Jürgen; Lessmann, Gunnar; Weber, Karl: Mit Profinet in die Zukunft. In: Profibus & Profinet Journal S.: 8- 9, Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. , Karlsruhe, Deutschland, Apr 2008 (More)

Jasperneite, Jürgen: Echtzeit-Ethernet - hohe Geschwindigkeit mit Profinet. In: ETZ Elektrotechnik + Automation(12) S.: 12-16, Dec 2007 (More)

Jasperneite, Jürgen; Schumacher, Markus; Weber, Karl: Limits of Increasing the Performance of Industrial Ethernet Protocols. In: 12th IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation S.: 17 - 27, Patras, Greece, Sep 2007 (More)

Funded by: BMBFGrant ID: 1742X06
Funding: FH3
Contact Person: Dipl.-Ing. Markus Schumacher
Research Assistant: Dipl.-Ing. Markus Schumacher