Industry 4, PROFINET, PROFIBUS & IO-Link training opportunities

Industry4 and IIoT for ProcessLearn how to get up and running with Industry 4.0 and IIoT

  • Wrexham, North Wales, 26 September
  • Cambridge, 11 October

These free-to-attend seminars will address 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

The Cambridge event is sponsored by a European Interreg Project named “Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering” – aka INCASE, while the Glyndwr event is sponsored by Glyndwr University and will feature a presentation from cyber security expert Dr Paul Comerford.

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

Wrexham Agenda – September 26

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and refreshments
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome and introduction to the exhibitors Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser
10:00 – 10:15 Keynote address Phil Storrow, Glyndwr University
10:15 – 10:45 PROFIBUS International and basics of PROFIBUS and PROFINET Mark Freeman, Siemens
10:45 – 11:05 PROFIBUS DP/PA network design Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser
11:05 – 11:25 PROFINET network design Peter Brown, Siemens
11:25 – 12:00 Coffee and exhibition
12:00 – 12:20 Cyber security for industrial Ethernet Dr Paul Comerford, Glyndwr University
12:20 – 12:40 PROFIBUS DP/PA network commissioning and testing Richard Needham, Hi-Port Controls
12:40 – 13:00 PROFINET network commissioning and testing Peter Thomas, Control Specialists
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch and University tours
14:30 – 15:00 PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools. Phil Waterworth, Endress+Hauser
15:00 – 15:20 IO-Link technology Russell Smith – Balluff
15:20 – 15:50 The effects of EMC on bus networks Peter Thomas, Control Specialists
15:50 – 16:00 Summary, questions, prize draw and close Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser

Cambridge Agenda – October 11

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)
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
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
13:40 – 14:00 Safety & Security for Control Networks Cliff Martin, BAE Systems
14:00 – 14:20 IO-Link technology Russell Smith – Balluff
14:20 – 14:40 EMC interference in industrial networks – understanding and avoiding the risks. Peter Thomas, Control Specialists
14:40 – 15:10 Coffee and exhibition
15:10 – 15:30 Troubleshooting EMI in industrial networks: practical cases. Jos Knockaert, UGent (Ghent University, Belgium)
16:00 – 16:10 Summary, questions and close Derek Lane

Supported by demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, these seminars 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.

Market Leading 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.

These seminars are ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies, Glydwr University 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. These events 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 events will also feature an exhibition of the latest PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link products from PI-UK member companies, Glyndwr departments and INCASE project partners.

More about Wrexham Exhibition … More about Cambridge Exhibition


If you’d like to learn how to simplify your PROFIBUS, PROFINET or IO-Link application …

Click here to register for Wrexham, September 26

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