Agenda updated for PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link Birmingham seminar

17th November at the National Conference Centre.

This highly informative seminar was presented in November 2021 at The National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, England and is now available to view on YouTube using this link:

It addresses the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention being paid to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Covering key application areas such as control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link, from system design and safety & security considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Agenda (subject to change)

09:00 – 09:35 Welcome and introduction to PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) and its technologies – Derek Lane, WAGO & Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

09:35 – 10:20 Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – Derek Lane, WAGO

10:20 – 10:50 Coffee and exhibition

10:50 – 11:35 Network gateway technology – Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

11:35 – 12:20 PROFINET Network Design – Andy Williams, Siemens

12:20 – 13:05 Industrial network commissioning and testing – Dave Tomlin, Hitex

13:05 – 14:00 Lunch and Exhibition

14:00 – 14:30 PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools – Phil Waterworth, Endress + Hauser

14:30 – 15:00 Distance Learning: How to get PROFIBUS or PROFINET Certified remotely – Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

15:00 – 15:30 An Update on ETHERNET – Advanced Physical Layer (APL) – Phil Waterworth, Endress + Hauser

15:30 – 15:35 Questions & Close – Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

15:35 – 15:45 Quick break for refreshments and exhibition


15:45 – 17:00 (approx.) Presentation about the museum followed by tour

Live Demonstrations

Supported by an exhibition with 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 the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

If you would like to reserve a place and be kept updated, please do register now.

Sign up here for more information and to be kept updated:

Birmingham –


Scotland, 24 March 2022 –

Note: all dates are of necessity provisional, but registered delegates will be kept informed of changes and will be assured of a place at the event of their choice. 

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


Introduction to PI Group – including highlights of new supported technologies

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists (Vice Chairman – PI-UK)

An overview of the Group’s structure and global representation, taking a look at the protocol basics and their differences, plus showing the progress of the number of installed devices from the group’s supported technologies and relating these figures to their market share.

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Derek Lane – WAGO Ltd

A short journey to explain IIoT, The Industrial Internet of things, IND4.0 and Big Data. How PROFINET is placed as the ideal Industrial Fieldbus to fulfil the above for Factory and Process Automation, how it is implemented and why you should consider it. Some of the myths explained. 

Network gateway technology

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

A vendor-independent overview of how to connect PROFINET networks to existing fieldbuses and expose the data to IOT technologies using OPC-UA. This presentation, including live demonstration, will take a “how it’s done” approach using products from several well-known manufacturers and will include:

  • Profinet – Profibus DP
  • Profinet – Profibus PA
  • Profinet – CANOpen
  • Profinet – IO-Link
  • Profinet – OPC UA

PROFINET Network Design

Andy Williams, Siemens

It is widely accepted that the most important decisions are made at the design stage of a project. This presentation examines the fundamental principles of good network design for PROFINET systems, although many of the ideas are applicable to PROFIBUS and other networking systems. The presentation will discuss the main factors that must be considered at the design stage of an automation system. Practical examples will show how facilities for health checking, fault-finding and maintenance can have a crucial impact on plant availability. The presentation will also examine how properly thought out network monitoring and redundancy can drastically affect plant up-time and thus profitability.

Industrial network commissioning & testing

Dave Tomlin, Hitex

Take a walk through the process of certifying a new PROFINET (or any other industrial Ethernet) against the standards and see how easy it can be, then look at a few gotchas that can easily be avoided by careful planning. Learn how to simplify the process of testing both cabling and networks in Industrial Ethernet networks that utilise the PROFINET protocol, how to prevent network failures and resolve cable and network issues faster.

PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools.

Phil Waterworth – Project Engineer – Endress+Hauser Ltd

A look at the available device configuration tools and their development including the move to unify the different types into one format – FDI. This will be followed by a live demonstration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration using an existing open platform and web browser option.

An update on Ethernet – Advanced Physical Layer (APL)

Phil Waterworth – Endress+Hauser Ltd

Ethernet APL brings Ethernet technology and ethernet protocols, like Profinet, to the field of process plants, where topics like explosive environments, loop powered devices and longer cable runs all have to be considered, meaning traditional ethernet networks are not always suitable. This section will provide an overview of what APL is, its benefits for process plants and timelines for availability.


PI’s Technologies

With over 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFINET, PROFIBUS 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.

This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated process plant and manufacturing facilities. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

More information and online Registration

Birmingham, 17 November 2021 –

Glasgow, 24 March 2022-

Note: all dates are of necessity provisional, but registered delegates will be kept informed of changes and will be assured of a place at the event of their choice. 

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

In case of difficulty contact Ann on tel: 00 44 207 193 8018 or email


Important Information re: COVID precautions at PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link Seminar

With the recent relaxation of restrictions due to the coronavirus, you may be wondering what’s going to happen at our seminar at The National Conference Centre, Birmingham on November 17th.

In order to minimise risk, we are putting in place the following arrangements:

Ventilation, cleanliness and social distancing

We have changed our seminar room to now take place in the Premier Suite, which is a very spacious room on the ground floor with air conditioning plus windows that could be opened to increase ventilation. The room will be cleaned thoroughly before we take possession. The venue provides hand sanitisers in the reception area and we will provide more on the exhibition tables and around the room.

The room can accommodate 360 people seated banquet style – we’re expecting around 60 so there will be plenty of room for social distancing with adequate space between seats. In addition, we will encourage delegates to consider:

  • Wearing a face covering when moving around
  • Maintaining reasonable social distancing
  • Using the hand sanitisers provided regularly throughout the day.

You can find out more about the venue and the room at:

Food and refreshments

The venue’s catering staff will be wearing masks and gloves when they deliver food and refreshments to the self-serve buffet area. The staff will then only return to the buffet / refreshments for replenishment purposes.

In order to avoid queues, we are planning on calling delegates up to the buffet in limited groups.


The venue management has assured us that they are following Government guidelines closely and will apply any new instructions that may have come into effect by the time of our event.

At the present time, there are no plans to cancel the event, but with the situation changing daily, we may have to postpone it, in which case we will let you know as soon as we know.