The Smart Way to Industry 4.0 with PROFINET Based Technologies

Advance notice of two new training opportunities …

Organized by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK) and the European Interreg Project INCASE (“Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering”), 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.

Opening with a keynote address given by PI Chairman Karsten Schneider introducing PI’s current and developing technologies for Industry 4.0, the event will cover key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing. ,

Supported by demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, these  events focus very much on the practical aspects of using PROFINET and IO-Link, from system design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance. The events will therefore 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.

Part of the day is with parallel tracks, so that you can either refresh your knowledge as a beginner in PROFINET or as a more experienced user find new ideas for applications. The event is highly recommended for people who have attended our previous events.

Industry 4.0 INCASE logo - smallTopics will include:

  • Overview of PI’s current and developing technologies for Industry 4.0
  • PROFINET basics
  • Ethernet’s copper physical layer finally unveiled
  • IO-Link for the “last metres” communication
  • Process Automation networks with PROFIBUS and PROFINET
  • Network Safety & Security
  • Cybersecurity
  • PROFIBUS DP / PA diagnostics
  • EMC for networks
  • PROFINET diagnostics
  • Redundancy for PROFINET networks
  • Designing & virtual commissioning: co-simulation with Siemens NX
  • PROFINET’s “oversampling” and “I-Device” features: industrial cases for control and signal processing

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The seminars will be ably presented by specialists from PI member companies from the UK and neighbouring countries across the Channel. 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 events will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to discuss technical issues with our experts.


In addition to a highly informative seminar covering the essentials of using PROFINET and IO-Link towards smarter manufacturing, the events will also feature an exhibition of the latest products from PI-UK member companies including:

  • AJM Engineering Management
  • Belcom Cables
  • Control Specialists
  • Endress+Hauser
  • HMS UK
  • Hitex UK
  • Industrial Communication Products
  • Procentec
  • Siemens
  • WAGO

… plus a special demonstration of the INCASE Interreg 2 Seas Project provided by project partners UGent and KU Leuven from Belgium, and the University of Essex and the University of Kent. A joint experiment showing how redundant networks “survive” massive EMI disturbance, demonstration of I-Devices running MATLAB generated code, … all the way up to co-simulation technology using Siemens NX.

Comments about our previous events …

  • Very well presented and a lot of useful information
  • Fantastic as always and very informative
  • Superb day for experience and information

PI Technologies

With over 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.

If you’d like to learn about The Smart Way to Industry 4.0 with PROFINET based technologies … don’t miss one of these one-day Seminars!

*** Places are limited so don’t delay – book today! ***

Click here to register for Coventry, 26 March 2019

Click here to register for The Crystal, 28 March 29

Further Information …

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