Got a surprise package in the mail a couple of days ago just in time to aid in my injury recovery. Big thanks to Mike Bryant and Carl Henning at PI North America (PTO) for sending a copy of “Milestones: Profibus — 20 years of standards for industrial communication.” It’s written by Klaus Bender, Jorg Fritag and Klaus-Peter Linder and published by PNO. Nice history of fieldbus development and some of the challenges engineers faced, how digital communication would help solve them, and how they developed Profibus to solve the problems.

There are always lessons within the lesson. In this case, read the book about how to go about developing a standard. Good read.

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