Venue changed and agenda updated for PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link Scotland seminar

Aerospace Innovation Centre, Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Date: 24th March.

This free-to-attend seminar will now take place at the new Aerospace Innovation Centre in Prestwick, which is located within Spirit Aerospace’s grounds.

The event 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)

Time Item  Presenter
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and introduction to exhibitors Chris McComb, iTech
09:15 – 09:30 Introduction to PI Group – including highlights of new supported technologies Mark Freeman, Siemens
09:30 – 10:00 Introduction to the Aerospace Innovation Centre Dr Janet O’Brien-O’Reilly, Spirit
10:00 – 10:30 PROFINET Network Design Andy Gilbert, Siemens
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and exhibition  
11:00 – 12:00 EMC for Industrial Networks Peter Thomas, Control Specialists
12:00 – 12:30 IO-Link Case Study, benefits and practical application Chris McCartney, iTech
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch and Exhibition  
13:45 – 14:15 Industrial network commissioning and testing (focus on PROFINET) Dave Tomlin, Hitex
14:15 – 14:45 How fast an original homogeneous designed PROFINET machine network becomes heterogeneous Angadh Lambert, Indu Sol
14:45 – 15:15 Ethernet APL – PROFINET PA over Ethernet Phil Waterworth, Endress & Hauser
15:15 – 15:30 Questions & close  
15:30 – 16:30 Optional tour of the AIC  


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:

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

Mark Freeman – Siemens Ltd

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.

PROFINET Network Design

Andy Gilbert, 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.

EMC for Industrial Networks

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

Whilst there is a lot of information on the internet covering EMI (Electromagnetic Interface), this tends to be directed towards those responsible for the development of electronic devices. EMI in the Industrial Automation world can cause plant disturbances, if well-proven techniques are not followed. The prevalence of variable speed drives, without taking such an approach, makes this all the more likely.

This short presentation will introduce you to the often strange world of EMI, starting off with what the 18th edition of the IET Electrical Regulations BS 7671 have to say on the matter but quickly moving on to the techniques that should be used in a modern industrial automation system. The presentation will also include examples that the presenter has come across when supporting PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks.

How fast an original homogeneous designed PROFINET machine network becomes heterogeneous

Angadh Lambert, Indu Sol

This presentation is based on a real case. A machine builder has delivered 4 similar machines for one plant. For the operation, no communication was necessary among the PROFINET networks, therefore these networks where physically separated. In each machine there is a tricky drive solution for which the machine builder needs the support of an third party solution provider on site. Due to pandemic this support was no longer able on site and has to be made remotely. And this was the begin of an very complicated story to transform the four homogeneous PROFINET networks into one heterogeneous with VLAN separation under construction site conditions!!!

Ethernet APL – PROFINET PA over Ethernet

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

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!

In case of difficulty contact:

Chris McComb

07872 376286



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

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

Ventilation, cleanliness and social distancing

We providing hand sanitisers in the reception area, on the exhibition tables and around the room.

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.

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.