Training Day on PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in Industrial Automation is free to attend

PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in Industrial Automation Training Day

To be held in Manchester on March 29th, this highly informative training day addresses the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing applications.

With particular emphasis on Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things, the event will cover the use of PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in key application areas such as utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging, printing, electrical and electronics assembly, robotics, automotive engineering, mechanical handling and logistics, control systems and energy management, from system design and safety considerations through to maintenance and fault-finding.

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.

This seminar is ably presented by network specialists from member companies of PI UK, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to support of advanced manufacturing technologies for the benefit of UK industry. 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 PI UK’s experts.


09.00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Introduction of Exhibitor stands and Profibus & Profinet Update Mark Freeman
09.55 Profibus DP – Commissioning and Maintenance

After a brief introduction to PROFIBUS basics, we outline the essentials needed for successful network commissioning and maintenance.

Dave Tomlin
10.35 Why you should measure shield currents in PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks

A presentation summarising work done in the area of EMC and Equipotential Bonding with respect to PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks and the implications of EN503102016.

Peter Thomas
11.15 Coffee
11.35 Safety for Automation and Control Networks

How we approach a safety related system and why PROFIsafe is a useful tool in modern control systems.

Peter Brown
12.15 PROFINET System Design

What are the basic requirements for achieving a robust, reliable and maintainable PROFINET system.

Andy Verwer
12.55 Lunch
13.35 PROFIBUS system engineering and monitoring

A look at some of the devices and techniques that are available for engineering functions and activities on PROFIBUS systems.

Andy Verwer
14.15 PROFINET for IoT, IIoT and Industry 4.0

A short journey to explain the IIoT , from IND1.0 to IND4.0 and Big Data & where PROFINET fits in.

Derek Lane
14.45 Introduction to IO-Link – Features and Benefits

What does a typical IOLink solution consists of, how it interface to the control system and what are the benefits

Russell Smith
15.25 Summary/Questions
15.30 Close

More information and online registration or in case of difficulty by contacting Ann on tel: 00 44 207 193 8018, or email

And specifically for companies in the Process & Hybrid Industries …

Companies involved in the Process Industries may be interested to attend another of PI UK’s events, to be held in Manchester the following day, March 30th. Entitled Practical Aspects of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Process, the event specifically addresses the key issues involved in the use of advanced network communications in Process and Hybrid Industry applications.

More information can be obtained following this link: or in case of difficulty by contacting Ann on tel: 00 44 207 193 8018, or email