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Digital communication networks that enable major advances in manufacturing were showcased at a free seminar held recently at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, North Wales

With Industry 4.0 set to transform the UK economy over the next few years, Wrexham Glyndwr University was delighted to be able to host a highly-focused PI UK event during the last week of September.

56 delegates from the region’s many manufacturing companies were present to learn how digital communication networks are a key factor when developing Industry 4.0 solutions. Central to the discussion was the use and practical application of PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in industry. These three networks offer a complete solution for industrial automation in process and manufacturing plants.

As well as being introduced to the technologies, managers and engineers attending the event were able to catch a glimpse of Wrexham Glyndwr University’s engineering labs, including an intelligent control panel which controls equipment and instrumentation using PROFIBUS. The presentations were accompanied by an exhibition of new products from PI UK members, and the Siemens PROFINET demonstration truck was also at the event for all to visit.

James Robinson, Industrial Engineering programme leader, said: “We were delighted to welcome PROFIBUS and PROFINET International to North Wales.

“Their technologies are leading the way in industrial communications globally, and asset managers, design engineers and maintenance engineers all benefited from the seminar.

“Wrexham Glyndwr University has worked hard to develop its laboratories so students on our industrial engineering degree programmes have access to industry-standard equipment from Helmholz, Softing Industrial, Siemens, WAGO and Procentec. These were all demonstrated on the day.”

Industry 4.0 is one of the largest drivers which will transform manufacturing globally over the coming years; reliable, high-speed digital communications networks are crucial to its success. The UK government have recently announced an increase in funding for Industry 4.0 of £4.7 billion by 2020-21.

James was joined at the event by fellow Wrexham Glyndwr University lecturer and cybersecurity expert Dr Paul Comerford, who gave a presentation on cybersecurity for Industrial Ethernet.

System design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance with PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in 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 were also addressed.

Further information

For more information about industrial engineering courses at Glyndwr University contact James Robinson on james.robinson@glyndwr.ac.uk

More information about the exhibition …

More information about the seminar programme …

or click here to view and download the presentations.

The IO-Link community has founded a technical working group for specifying the integration of IO-Link into OPC UA based on existing use cases.

io link companion std

A final proposal for the companion specification is to be available before the end of 2018.

The Industry 4.0 platform sees OPC UA (from OPC Foundation) as a suitable architecture model for implementing consistent integration of IT on the field level. This is why a corresponding standard for a data and function model is now being developed within the framework of the IO-Link community so as to accurately represent future IO-Link Devices and IO-Link Masters in OPC UA. This approach follows the general recommendation for developing OPC UA Companion Standards.

Over the past few years, IO-Link as a point-to-point protocol for sensors and actuators has been able to solidly establish itself and increase its presence. It is manufacturer independent (and thus field bus independent), has come to support more than 4,500 devices and enjoys steadily increasing acceptance.

Through the use of corresponding logic, so-called “IO-Link Masters”, IO-Link sensors and actuators can be connected to the various different field bus systems without further adjustment. Such masters can even be economically integrated into simple devices today. IO-Link thus offers the opportunity to access a very broad range of sensors and actuators in a standardized way and fieldbus independent.

As Industrie 4.0 efforts progress, it is also necessary to semantically incorporate IO-Link Devices into systems on a higher level than the field bus in order to evaluate sensor data. This functionality is often designated as a “sensor to the cloud” to express that sensor data is analyzed by IT systems outside the automation process. In this way, sensor data can also be seamlessly linked to MES and ERP systems.

The goal of this new IO-Link/OPC UA working group (C4/PG51), lead by Michael Tiegelkamp (TE Connectivity), is to complete a final proposal for the Companion Specification (draft for voting) before the end of 2018.

More information on PI’s IO-Link technology can be found at http://www.profibus.com/technology/io-link/

 

About IO-Link and PI UK

During 2016 the IO-Link grew to 5.3 million nodes, showing just how much interest there is in the technology, managed through the auspices of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI).

In the UK, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International is represented by PI UK. Funded entirely by member subscriptions, our mission is to support UK industry in taking advantage of the opportunities for increased productivity, lowered costs and global standards afforded by embracing PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link. Membership is open to any person or company with an interest in open standard industrial communications.

More information is available on PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link from http://www.profibus.com, PI’s global website, where technical, marketing and sales information can be found, plus an on-line catalogue of over 2500 products.

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  • 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.

Exhibition

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

Registration

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

Click here to register for Wrexham, September 26

Click here to register for Cambridge, October 11

Digital communication networks which are enabling major advances in manufacturing are to be showcased at a free seminar in Wrexham, North Wales

Glyndwr-logoIndustry 4.0 is set to transform the UK economy over the next few years and will be the focus of the event at Wrexham Glyndwr University on Tuesday 26 September.

The seminar will help delegates understand how digital communication networks are a key factor when developing Industry 4.0 solutions.

Central to the discussion will be the use and practical application of PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in industry. These three networks offer a complete solution for industrial automation in process and manufacturing plants.

Glyndwr-1As well as being introduced to the technologies, managers and engineers attending the event will be able to catch a glimpse of Wrexham Glyndwr University’s engineering labs, including an intelligent control panel which controls equipment and instrumentation using PROFIBUS. A Siemens PROFINET demonstration truck will also be on show.

James Robinson, Industrial Engineering programme leader, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming PROFIBUS and PROFINET International to North Wales.

“Their technologies are leading the way in industrial communications globally, and asset managers, design engineers and maintenance engineers will all benefit from this seminar.

Glyndwr-2“Wrexham Glyndwr University has worked hard to develop its laboratories so students on our industrial engineering degree programmes have access to industry-standard equipment from Helmholz, Softing Industrial, Siemens, WAGO and Procentec. These will all be demonstrated on the day.

Industry 4.0 is one of the largest drivers which will transform manufacturing globally over the coming years; reliable, high speed digital communications networks are crucial to its success. The UK government have recently announced an increase in funding for Industry 4.0 of £4.7 billion by 2020-21.

James will be joined at the event by fellow Wrexham Glyndwr University lecturer and cyber security expert Dr Paul Comerford, who will be giving a presentation on Cyber security for Industrial Ethernet.

System design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance with PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in key application areas will all be considered.

These include mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing.

The event runs from 8.45am to 4pm at the Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Visitors will get the chance to win a free 20 minute flight in the university’s Merlin flight simulator.

Attendance at the free seminar is by registration in advance online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ycu456cab&oeidk=a07ee3d8b0x9055ee15

For more information contact James Robinson on james.robinson@glyndwr.ac.uk

Plenty for industrial and process network users to see at free Cambridge seminar and exhibition

Sponsored by a European Interreg Project named “Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering” – aka INCASE, this free-to-attend seminar addresses 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

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

… plus a special demonstration of the INCASE Interreg 2 Seas Project provided by project partners UGent, KU Leuven, the Universityof Essex and the University of Kent, showing in a joint experiment how redundant networks “survive” massive EMI disturbance.

More about the Exhibits and Exhibitors

HMS

HMS - Anybus NP40Since 1988 HMS Industrial Networks has helped companies get connected. Three decades later, trends such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 require more industrial machines to become networked and HMS’s products provide a fast and easy way to do so via our product portfolio that includes software stacks, embedded boards, and gateways, through to cloud-based monitoring and control solutions.

Hitex

Hitex will be showing a range of Tools for Connecting and testing, PROFIBUS & PROFINET including the new OPC suite with support for REST and NoSQL databases such as MongoDB which is ideal for IoT and industry4 applications.

Hi-Port Controls

Hi-Port-ProficoreHi-Port will be demonstrating PROFIBUS and PROFINET equipment from Procentec……and our own HP-25 PROFIBUS Cable Testers. On display will be ProfiTrace PROFIBUS Analyser and Trouble-shooting tools, and a wide range of versatile PROFIBUS repeaters and PROFINET switches plus the new Procentec Atlas Industrial Ethernet Diagnostic tool. Hi-Port also offers help with on-site fault-finding, advice on device selection, and training on commissioning and maintenance.

Belcom

Belcom_WWTW_Page_1Belcom Cables are a specialist cable distributor based close to Stansted Airport in Essex. Our stock holding of PROFIBUS and PROFINET cables is probably the most comprehensive in the UK. We stock the cables as either soft skin or dataguard SWA for added protection, solid or stranded conductors are available with PVC or LSZH jackets. Our services allow for cable to be cut to length, printed if required and shipped for next day delivery across the UK.

INCASE Interreg 2 Seas Project

PROFINET networks and diagnosticsThe stand consists of  2 parts: a number of racks show measurement and diagnostic technologies for PROFINET, incorporating redundant network parts using MRP, PRP and HSR. In the 2nd part, EMI is injected in a controlled way on the physical layer of one of the redundant paths; measurements with an Ethernet decoding oscilloscope show signals and characters on different points, and measure the network recovery time and introduced latency. More information …

WAGO

WAGO-PFC200WAGO will be displaying their new PFC200 PROFIBUS master mounted on a demonstration board fitted with 4ch IO-Link master, and interoperating with PROFIBUS and CANopen slaves; graphics display via a free WAGO app on IOS – also available for Android.  They will also be showing a selection of rail mounted terminals, power supplies, Jumpflex, relays and the XTR extreme range of I/O -40°C to +70°C.

Phoenix Contact

Proficloud is a cloud based solution from Phoenix Contact offering professional cloud services for customers using Profinet Controllers from any PLC Vendor. This is by virtue of the fact that the Proficloud Cloud Coupler is a Profinet Device with its own certified GSDML description file. Phoenix Contact will be speaking on and demonstrating this Industrial Internet Of Things concept.

Click here for more information and to register

Plenty for industrial and process network users to see at free Wrexham seminar and exhibition

Sponsored by Glyndwr University and featuring a presentation from cyber security expert Dr Paul Comerford, this free-to-attend event addresses 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

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

Delegates will also get the chance to view Wrexham Glyndwr University’s engineering labs.

More about the Exhibits and Exhibitors

HMS

HMS - Anybus NP40Since 1988 HMS Industrial Networks has helped companies get connected. Three decades later, trends such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 require more industrial machines to become networked and HMS’s products provide a fast and easy way to do so via our product portfolio that includes software stacks, embedded boards, and gateways, through to cloud-based monitoring and control solutions.

Hitex

Hitex will be showing a range of Tools for Connecting and testing, PROFIBUS & PROFINET including the new OPC suite with support for REST and NoSQL databases such as MongoDB which is ideal for IoT and industry4 applications.

Siemens

PROFINET_20Truck_compressedOn tour throughout Europe, The PROFINET Truck will present the central themes associated with using PROFINET for automation and will introduce the associated components and solutions from Siemens. The truck focuses on PROFINET functions and applications. Visitors to the truck will learn more about how to benefit from using PROFINET, how to integrate PROFINET in factory and process automation through the TIA Portal and SIMATIC PCS 7, and what Siemens current products can do for them. More information …

Hi-Port Controls

Hi-Port-ProficoreHi-Port will be demonstrating PROFIBUS and PROFINET equipment from Procentec……and our own HP-25 PROFIBUS Cable Testers. On display will be ProfiTrace PROFIBUS Analyser and Trouble-shooting tools, and a wide range of versatile PROFIBUS repeaters and PROFINET switches plus the new Procentec Atlas Industrial Ethernet Diagnostic tool. Hi-Port also offers help with on-site fault-finding, advice on device selection, and training on commissioning and maintenance.

Belcom

Belcom_WWTW_Page_1Belcom Cables are a specialist cable distributor based close to Stansted Airport in Essex. Our stock holding of PROFIBUS and PROFINET cables is probably the most comprehensive in the UK. We stock the cables as either soft skin or dataguard SWA for added protection, solid or stranded conductors are available with PVC or LSZH jackets. Our services allow for cable to be cut to length, printed if required and shipped for next day delivery across the UK.

Wrexham Glyndwr University

Glyndwr-1Delegates will also get the chance to view Wrexham Glyndwr University’s engineering labs, which includes industry-standard PROFIBUS equipment from Helmholz, Softing Industrial, Siemens, WAGO and Procentec as used on the university’s industrial engineering degree programmes.

WAGO

WAGO-PFC200WAGO will be displaying their new PFC200 PROFIBUS master mounted on a demonstration board fitted with 4ch IO-Link master, and interoperating with PROFIBUS and CANopen slaves; graphics display via a free WAGO app on IOS – also available for Android.  They will also be showing a selection of rail mounted terminals, power supplies, Jumpflex, relays and the XTR extreme range of I/O -40°C to +70°C.

Control Specialists 

Control Specialists Ltd are the UK Approved Solutions Partners of Indu-Sol GmbH for sales and technical support. Their monitoring and diagnostic tools for PROFIBUS, PROFINET and AS-I as well as those associated with EMC measurements for industrial networks will be on display.

iTech

iTech is a system integration company based in Troon. Today on our table top we are showcasing mainly PROFIBUS and PROFINET Technologies in the form of:

  • “Atlas” Procentec’s new industrial Ethernet monitoring tool.
  • PROFIBUS / Analyser i.e. both hand held Profitrace as well as a Combricks fixed device.

Experts are available from both the manufacturer Procentec, and ourselves to answer any questions you have with regards to the technologies.

AJM Engineering Management

AJM Engineering ManagementAJM Engineering Management provides PROFIBUS and PROFINET Design, installation and test expertise and high-quality equipment to the automation world. We distribute products for Helmholz, Insevis, Schildknecht, Atop, Vivace Process Instruments, Metalwork and Pilz, and will be showcasing the diversity of our product inventory at this year’s event at Wrexham University.

Click here for more information and to register

On-line IODD directory lists over 1900 IO-Link Device Descriptions

Just 6 months after its introduction, over 80% of all known IO-Link devices are already included in the IODDfinder, the central database for IO-device descriptions. The service launched by the IO-Link community at the start of this year was received very well by manufacturing companies and users alike and will contribute decisively towards the further spread of IO-Link.

The IODDfinder portal meets the desire of users of IO-Link technology for a central access point for IODDs of all IO-Link devices common in the market. This data pool is available 24/7 allowing interested parties access to the database and facilitating direct connection of engineering and parameterization tools. Relevant software tools are given access via the Internet to this manufacturer-neutral data pool, which guarantees users automatic access to all operationally-important description files of IO-Link devices.

So far, more than 30 manufacturers of IO-Link devices are participating in the data platform and have already stored about 1900 IODDs. With this amount of IODDs, more than 3900 different IO-Link devices can be parameterized. On the consumer side, the platform was able to deal with roughly 2500 call-ups per day in the first half of the year.

These figures demonstrate in an impressive way how valuable the new Internet service is for the IO-Link world. The IODDfinder can be reached either from the IO-Link homepage (http://www.io-link.com) or directly via the following link: https://ioddfinder.io-link.com.

The IO-Link Community is represented in the UK by PROFIBUS and PROFINET International – PI UK.

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