05. Mai 2021, 16:19 Uhr | Andreas Knoll
Profinet also achieved high growth in the Corona year 2020. The installed base stood at 39.7 million at the end of the year.
The total number of Profibus and Profinet products installed in plants has passed the 100 million mark: 104 million in total at the end of 2020, with Profinet reaching its highest number ever of 7.3 million products launched on the market over the year.
Despite the pandemic-related challenges, products with technologies from Profibus & Profinet International (PI) 2020 recorded brisk demand. The total number of Profinet devices installed grew by more than 22 percent year-on-year, reaching 39.7 million. A total of 1.7 million Profibus devices were launched in 2020, of which 0.8 million went into process industry applications. Over the last few years, the proportion of Profibus products installed in process automation equipment has steadily increased, and PI expects the majority of Profibus products to be supplied to process automation equipment in the following year. In manufacturing technology, there are now about four times more devices equipped with Profinet interfaces than with Profibus interfaces.
IO-Link continued its growth trajectory in 2020, reaching 5 million new IO-Link devices, the highest annual figure to date.
With 5 million IO-Link devices installed in 2020, the highest annual figure to date was reached. IO-Link thus achieved a growth rate of 31 percent - evidence that the technology is firmly anchored in applications, according to PI. The total number of installed IO-Link devices is now about 21 million.
With 2.6 million Profisafe nodes installed in 2020, the previous year's figure was just exceeded. The total number of installed Profisafe nodes is thus more than 16 million.