ABB joins North American PTO

Dec. 6, 2007

Wickliffe, Ohio, December 6, -- ABB Inc. announced today that it has joined PTO North America. The PTO is one of 25 regional associations that develop and promote the use of Profibus fieldbus and Profinet Industrial Ethernet standards for automation. ABB has been actively working with the PNO (Profibus and Profinet Nutzerorganisation) in Germany since its inception in 1989, and is a member of the PNO Advisory Board.
The PTO is dedicated to supporting the discrete and process industries in achieving beneficial results using fieldbuses, specifically Profibus and Profinet. The PTO also assists device manufacturers in the development and marketing of Profibus and Profinet products.

“We are pleased to welcome ABB as a new member of the PTO,” said Michael Bryant, executive director of PTO North America. “ABB has strongly demonstrated its commitment to helping its customers take advantage of the benefits offered by intelligent devices and integrated networks in its global activities; we are looking forward to working with them here in North America.”

ABB supports Profibus and other fieldbus protocols in its numerous product and technology offerings for the industry and utility customers all over the world. ABB’s vast portfolio of products and solutions for process and manufacturing automation includes control systems, instrumentation, analytics, robotics, drives,  motors, motor control centers, positioners, actuators, low voltage controls, switchgear, interface products and numerous other intelligent devices.

The PTO ( is the non-profit, member-supported automation organization for communication solutions. Covering North America, PTO is one of 25 regional associations that make up PI (Profibus and Profinet International). Members of the PTO include vendors of hardware, software and systems as well as end users and operators, scientific institutes, universities, distributors and system integrators.