LONDON PROFIBUS International (PI) is on course to reach its target of doubling the number of installed units from 10 to 20 million within four years ” from 2004 until the end of 2007.
The manufacturers of PROFIBUS devices achieved a turnover growth of 30% in comparison with the previous year, with 2.6 million being installed in 2004 and further growth is expected in 2005.
Approximately 2.1 million PROFIBUS devices were in use in process engineering by the end of 2004. About 400,000 units with the PROFIBUS profile PA device were in use in process engineering plants and systems by the end of 2004, this representing an overall doubling of installed PA devices in the last 2 years.
Edgar Kuster, chairman of the PROFIBUS International, said “Utilisation of a fieldbus solution can reduce the total cost of ownership of a system dramatically. The more universal the solution and the greater the spectrum of applications, the higher the potential savings.”
“The current broad acceptance in the chemical industry and process engineering, with the high safety standards demanded of these sectors, is also an indication of the excellent quality and certification processes that distinguish PROFIBUS,” added Kuster. “PROFIBUS certification test-ing by independent accredited test laboratories ensures that the devices tested conform to communication specifications. This is a decisive factor both for users and manufacturers when it comes to investments.”