You missed the PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Process Training Day, March 30

Full agenda for PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Process Training Day

Organised by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International UK (PI UK), this free-to-attend training event in Manchester covered many of the key issues involved in the use of advanced network communications in Process and Hybrid Industry applications.

Covering the use of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in key application areas such as Pulp & Paper, Chemical, Utilities, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas today, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFIBUS and PROFINET in process industry applications from system design and hazardous area considerations through to maintenance and fault-finding.


09:15 Registration and refreshments
09:45 Welcome and introduction to the table top exhibitions Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser
10:00 Profibus International and the basics of PROFIBUS and PROFINET Mark Freeman, Siemens
10:20 PROFINET in Process

The number of installed PROFINET nodes is growing and growing. In this presentation we will discuss the use of PROFINET in process industry applications and compare its use to PROFIBUS which is a strong performer in the process industry.

Peter Brown, Siemens
11:00 PROFIBUS & PROFINET system design for the Process Industry

This presentation examines the fundamental principles of good network design for process automation systems. The presentation will discuss the main factors that should be considered at the design stage of a project and how these can impact on the reliability and availability of the plant. Practical examples will show how facilities for health checking, fault-finding and maintenance can have a crucial impact. The presentation will also examine how properly thought out network monitoring and engineering access facilities can drastically affect plant up-time and thus profitability.

Andy Verwer, Verwer Training and Consultancy
11.30 Coffee and exhibition
12:00 PROFIBUS commissioning and maintenance

Although PROFIBUS can provide robust, long lasting network reliability and resilience, special tools are recommended to check on the quality of each new installation and to help with the long term maintenance of the originally achieved levels of performance. In this talk we outline what can be expected of such tools, how and when they should be used and the important network performance indicators that can be checked. These tools are recommended for use during commissioning of new systems, before new system acceptance and on a regular basis thereafter in order to help ongoing reliability and successful operation. Collection and logging of comprehensive network performance reports from the test tool, at or soon after first system acceptance, can then provide an extremely valuable benchmark against which to compare all future measurements in the years ahead.

Richard Needham, Hi-Port Controls
12:30 The effects of EMC on bus networks

Recently, a new phenomenon has appeared during the search for the causes of network failures. It has been noted data communication issues are becoming more frequent in situations where conventional network analysers do not reveal any weak points.

It was the investigation of shield currents on industrial data communication lines that prompted the usual diagnostic approach to take a completely new turn. It soon became clear that the bus itself was in perfect condition, but was being affected by external influences that are generally referred to as “EMC interference“. Further extensive measurements, both in the bonding system and in the shielding connections of bus lines, revealed an association between high leakage currents (mostly of higher frequency) and bus failures.

This presentation will explain the theory behind the measurements, the tools used to perform them and will provide limits against which all industrial networks should be checked against.

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists
13:00 Lunch and exhibition
14.00 Device configuration and asset management tools Phil Waterworth, Endress+Hauser
14:40 IIoT, Security & Ethernet Design

The modern world means that controls systems are being integrated together within the plant with the aim of integrating everything into the management systems and IT system. This step change is due to IIoT and Industry4.0 but does bring other considerations to the table. What should we think about in relation to network design and security?

Peter Brown, Siemens
15:20 Summary and Questions Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser
15:30 Close

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The seminar is ably presented by process industry communications specialists from PI UK member organisations. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain process 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.

With 50% of the seminar time dedicated to live demonstrations and most of the remainder taken up with practical advice based on actual experience, the programme will be of great value to Instrument Technicians/Engineers, C&I Engineers and System Engineers involved in design, operation and maintenance of modern process plant.

Table Top Exhibition


  • AJM Engineering Management
  • Belcom Cables
  • Control Specialists
  • Hitex UK
  • Hi-Port Controls
  • HMS UK
  • Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact will be profiling their HART to PROFINET multiplexer (pictured) which allows existing HART enabled devices to be connected to a PROFINET network, with little or no disruption to established plant architecture.  Additionally we will be previewing our innovative, EX rated device servers and protocol converters.

Back to the Seminar …

Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain process 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.

If you’d like to learn how to simplify your PROFIBUS or PROFINET process application … don’t miss this one-day Practical Aspects of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Process Seminar. Places are limited so don’t delay – book today!

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