Practical Aspects of PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link

Free-to-attend training opportunities – Birmingham, Inchinnan and Belfast

Long before the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and “Smart Manufacturing” a group of leading equipment manufacturers and technical universities came together with the goal of helping German industry automate and standardise as many production processes as possible and link them effectively to IT management systems. This was the beginning of PROFIBUS, closely followed by PROFINET and IO-Link.

Now with nearly 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link are truly market leaders, providing state of the art digital communications addressing all the needs of manufacturing and process industries, significantly lowering capital expenditure on installation, commissioning and maintenance.

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PI UK is organising a number of free-to-attend training opportunities in Birmingham (April 28), Scotland (May 27) and Belfast (June 23). These events are designed to address the opportunities and key practical issues arising from the use of PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, paying particular attention to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, these events will cover key application areas such as control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, packaging and printing, from system design and safety & security considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Who should attend?

The seminar and exhibition will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/Engineers and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

Abstracts from the Seminar Presentations

Introduction to PI Group – including highlights of new supported technologies

An overview of the Group’s structure and global representation, taking a look at the protocol basics and their differences, plus showing the progress of the number of installed devices from the group’s supported technologies and relating these figures to their market share.

Network gateway technology

A vendor-independent overview of how to connect PROFINET networks to existing fieldbuses and expose the data to IoT technologies using OPC-UA. This presentation, including live demonstrations, will take a “how it’s done” approach using products from several well-known manufacturers and will include:

  • Profinet – Profibus DP
  • Profinet – Profibus PA
  • Profinet – CANOpen
  • Profinet – IO-Link
  • Profinet – OPC UA

PROFINET Network Design

It is widely accepted that the most important decisions are made at the design stage of a project. This presentation examines the fundamental principles of good network design for PROFINET systems, although many of the ideas are applicable to PROFIBUS and other networking systems. The presentation will discuss the main factors that must be considered at the design stage of an automation system. Practical examples will show how facilities for health checking, fault-finding and maintenance can have a crucial impact on plant availability. The presentation will also examine how properly thought out network monitoring and redundancy can drastically affect plant up-time and thus profitability.

Industrial network commissioning & testing

Take a walk through the process of certifying a new PROFINET (or any other industrial Ethernet) product against the standards and see how easy it can be, then look at a few gotchas that can easily be avoided by careful planning. Learn how to simplify the process of testing both cabling and networks in Industrial Ethernet networks that utilise the PROFINET protocol, how to prevent network failures and resolve cable and network issues faster.

PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools (Birmingham and Scotland events only)

A look at the available device configuration tools and their development including the move to unify the different types into one format – FDI. This will be followed by a live demonstration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration using an existing open platform and web browser option.

EMC for Networks (Belfast only)

The ever-increasing use of high-frequency switching devices in industrial automation can result in high-frequency currents circulating in an equipotential bonding network that was not designed for this purpose. The absence of a proven low-impedance bonding network can result in these currents taking alternative and often undesirable routes. Occasionally these will be the shields of industrial network cables such as PROFIBUS and PROFINET that in turn can lead to intermittent communications problems. This presentation will discuss the issues in more detail and will explain the relevance of the recently released PI guidelines “Functional Bonding and Shielding for PROFIBUS and PROFINET”.

Industrial networks safety & security

The concept of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing has gained plenty of traction in the marketplace. What does this greater acceptance of Industry 4.0 mean for Functional Safety and Cybersecurity in Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)? In this presentation we will quickly discuss the basics of Functional Safety and Cybersecurity for PROFI based applications and then we will consider the impact on these areas from Industry 4.0 in the short and medium term. What should System Integrators and Product Manufacturers be doing now and what can you expect to be seeing from PI in the not too distant future. We will also consider the impact of open architectures/systems, common technology, international standards and last but not least trust in technology.

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

A short journey to explain IIoT, The Industrial Internet of things, IND4.0 from IND1.0 and Big Data. How PROFINET is placed as the ideal Industrial Fieldbus to fulfil the above, how it is implemented and why you should consider it. Some of the myths explained.

More information and online Registration:

Birmingham, April 28

Glasgow, May 27

Belfast, June 23

Contact PROFIBUS & PROFINET International – PI UK at:

Tel: 02081 449 597

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