How to get the best out of PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link

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AMTC Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

Pilot Way

Ansty Business Park



United Kingdom

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This free-to-attend seminar will address the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention being paid to network design, installation and commissioning through to functional safety & cybersecurity, EMC and Industry 4.0

Agenda - subject to change

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and introduction, Mark Freeman, Siemens

09:15 – 10:30

Keynote address: Latest developments in Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), PROFINET in Process applications, Advanced Physical Layer (APL), OPC-UA and Industry 4.0 - Karsten Schneider, Chairman PROFIBUS & PROFINET International

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee and exhibition

11:00 – 11:40

Design principles for successful PROFINET networks - Pietro Benfatti, Procentec

11:40 – 12:20

PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools - Phil Waterworth, Endress+Hauser

12:20 – 13:00

How PROFIsafe and Cybersecurity enhance your PROFIBUS/PROFINET project - Peter Brown, CSA Group

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Exhibition

14:00 – 14:40

New PI Guidelines for Functional Bonding and Shielding of PROFIBUS and PROFINET - Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

14:40 – 15:20

IO-Link Technology - Adrian Sorsby, Balluff

15:20 - 15:30

Summary, questions & close - Mark Freeman

15:30 - 16:00

Exhibition Time

*** Places are limited so don't delay - book today! ***

Presentations in detail

Design principles for successful PROFINET networks

The presenter will lead the audience through the basics of good network design, introducing some common issues that they will then be encouraged to work together to solve, applying what they have been taught.

  • PROFINET network design basics: -
    • Cabling
    • Connectors
    • Grounding
    • Managed switches and QOS
    • Labelling
    • Training
  • Show problems to the audience: -
    • Audience to identify the problem
    • Audience to solve the problem
    • Show the audience how the problem was solved
  • Steps to prevent downtime during the commissioning and operational phase

The format will be that of an interactive discussion using large screen schematics to help redesign the network until it is made to work properly.

PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools

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.

How PROFIsafe and Cybersecurity enhance your PROFIBUS/PROFINET project

This paper will firstly discuss PROFIsafe, why we have the solution, what should be planned out, elements to be aware of and what PROFIsafe does well. This paper will then spend a little time covering the basics of legislation and responsibilities for safety and functional safety. The paper will then go on to quickly consider basic Cybersecurity aspects for Industrial Automation in the UK market.

New PI Guidelines for Functional Bonding and Shielding of PROFIBUS and PROFINET

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”.

IO-Link Technology

This presentation will be covering what a typical IO-Link solution consists of, how it interfaces to the control system and the benefits that can be derived from this increased level of communication with IO-Link devices. These include easier handling of measurement signals, remote and automatic device parameterisation, smart sensor diagnostic functions, safety over IO-Link whilst also being an enabler for Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 strategies.

Exhibitors include:

Who will benefit from attending?

The seminar 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. Covering key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, the event will be supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in design, configuration, fault finding and maintenance.

More about the technologies

With nearly 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFIBUS, PROFINET 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. They offer unprecedented integration of automation, control, monitoring and safety systems using standardised and widely supported communications and networking solutions.

This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated plant. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

*** Places are limited so don't delay - book today! ***

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