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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:10 PM BST

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Holiday Inn Cambridge 
Bridge Road,
Cambridge CB24 9PH
United Kingdom

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PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Seminar - Cambridge, October 11

Sponsored by a European Interreg Project named "Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering" - aka INCASE, this free-to-attend seminar addresses the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0

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, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link, from system design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Supported by demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/Engineers and C&I Engineers involved in design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

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 and INCASE project partners. 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 our experts whom, we promise, will not force you to buy anything.

“Very well presented and a lot of useful information” “Fantastic as always and very informative”

“Superb day for experience and information” 

If you’d like to learn how to simplify your PROFIBUS, PROFINET or IO-Link application … don’t miss this one-day Seminar! 

Draft Agenda – subject to change

08:30 - 08:55

Registration and refreshments


08:55 – 09:20

Welcome and Keynote address

Derek Lane, WAGO for PI UK and Philippe Saey, KU Leuven  for INCASE

09:20 – 09:30

Introduction to the exhibitors

Derek Lane and Philippe Saey 

09:30 – 09:50

Introduction to PROFIBUS International and the basics of PROFIBUS and PROFINET

Mark Freeman, Siemens

09:50 – 10:10

PROFINET network design

Peter Brown, Siemens

10:10 – 10:40

Coffee and exhibition  


10:40 – 11:10

PROFINET network redundancy with MRP, PRP and HSR: working principles, measurements, application example from industry

Philippe Saey & Frederic Depuydt, KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)


When communication fails, PROFINET IO Devices go to their fail safe state. For more critical networks one could consider creating redundant paths in the industrial network, e.g. when the downtime of the installation is too expensive, or for safety reasons.

The working principle of industrially available redundant Ethernet technologies such as “Media Redundancy Protocol” (MRP), “Parallel Redundancy Protocol” (PRP) and “High-availability Seamless Redundancy” (HSR) is explained, measurements are discussed, and some industrial case studies are given.


11:10 – 11:30

PROFINET network commissioning and testing

Dave Tomlin, Hitex

11:30 – 11:50

PROFIBUS DP/PA network commissioning and testing

Richard Needham, Hi-Port Controls

11:50 – 12:10

PROFINET of Things for IIoT and Industry 4.0

Derek Lane


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 its implemented and why you should consider it. Some of the myths explained.


12:10 – 12:30

PROFIcloud – the Professional Cloud from Phoenix Contact

Tony Deane and Arno Martin Fast, Phoenix Contact

12:30 – 13:20

Lunch and exhibition


13:20 – 13:40

PROFIBUS & PROFINET device configuration tools

Phil Waterworth, Endress+Hauser


A look at the types of tools and their development followed by a live demonstration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration using an open platform and web browser option.


13:40 – 14:00

Safety & Security for Control Networks

Cliff Martin, BAE Systems

14:00 – 14:20

IO-Link technology

Russell Smith - Balluff


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.


14:20 – 14:40

EMC interference in industrial networks – understanding and avoiding the risks.

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists


The recommendation for the grounding of the screens of PROFIBUS and PROFINET cables, in line with similar technologies, can lead to the screens unintentionally becoming part of the equipotential bonding network of the site. This short presentation will discuss the issues and how a new guideline that will shortly be released by PI addresses the problems.


14:40 – 15:10

Coffee and exhibition  


15:10 – 15:30

Troubleshooting EMI in industrial networks: practical cases.

Jos Knockaert, UGent (Ghent University, Belgium)


EMC problems occur in different ways. Sometimes the cause is obvious (90% of the cases), sometimes it is difficult to find the source (the 10% interesting ones). In this presentation an insight is given in troubleshooting: how to act, what measurement methods are valuable and how were some problems solved. The presentation is fully based on real life examples. 


16:00 – 16:10

Summary, questions and close

Derek Lane

 The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to our experts whom, we promise, will not force you to buy anything.


The event will also feature an exhibition of the latest PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link products. 

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