PROFINET Workshop will result in new products from UK manufacturers


UK interest in PROFINET continues to grow as clearly evidenced by the attendance of 23 delegates at the 2nd July PROFINET Developers’ Workshop, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University in its role of the UK’s PI Competence Centre.

Entitled The Easy Way to PROFINET,  the workshop was presented by  world expert Joerg Bullerschen, System Architect and Senior Key Expert for software development at ComDec in Germany. Over the course of the day, Joerg explained how to develop products and systems for the rapidly growing PROFINET market, covering in detail the development kit, the software user interface and configuration of field devices.

The audience were highly appreciative of the event, which is expected to lead to the appearance on the market of a number of new PROFINET products from UK manufacturers.

“Thank you very much to the PROFIBUS UK Group for organising this workshop, I found it a very interesting and worthwhile day”, said Andy Bridge of SPA, clearly impressed. “I found it a very useful and informative day”, commented Mark Norman of Fairford Electronics.

The PROFIBUS Group presented the Workshop at MMU in association with PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO). It was intended for developers of field devices with a PROFINET interface and covered the PROFINET basics (neighborhood detection, fast start up, redundancy…), unsynchronized and synchronized communication as well as performance upgrade.

Jörg Bullerschen presents PROFINET workshop in UK
Jörg Bullerschen

“I particularly enjoyed the discussions and questions. Joerg’s knowledge as a developer for PROFINET is perfectly prepared him to answer a wide range of questions in depth” said Dr Xiu Ji, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering at MMU. “From talking to some of the audience, I understand that they all have some development task at hand. They want to implement PROFINET into their product, which is very encouraging. ”

The Workshop covered the following topics in detail:

09:00 PROFINET Basics

  • Device model and Addressing, MAC-Addresses
  • From engineering to start up
  • Fast Start up
Joerg Bullerschen
10:15 Coffee break  
10:35 PROFINET unsynchronized communication

  • PROFINET and the RT-classes, UDP/IP-communication
  • Data exchange, Diagnosis/alarms and usage of alarms
Joerg Bullerschen
11:55   PROFINET: synchronized communication

  • Isochronous Real Time
  • Performance Optimization
Joerg Bullerschen
1:15 Lunch and microfair
2:00 pm Generic Device description (GSD-file) Joerg Bullerschen
2:20 Development kit  ERTEC 200P 

  • Overview Siemens PN Development Kits & ERTEC 200P
  • How to use PROFINET IO Features & services with the development kit
Joerg Bullerschen
3:30 Coffee break and microfair
3:50 Development kit  ERTEC 200P 

  • Practical aspects
4:40 PROFINET Certifications Joerg Bullerschen
5:00 end Joerg Bullerschen

About the presenter

Mr. Bullerschen is the System Architect and Senior Key Expert for software development at ComDec. He has been developing embedded software for more than 25 years.  He has been working on PROFINET and the SIEMENS PROFINET development kits since 2003. Beside software development he is responsible for customer support and training for the development kits.

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