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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.

Connected Manufacturing at the NEC, Birmingham – Nov 1 and 2

We’re delighted to be exhibiting and presenting in the NEW Connected Manufacturing Zone at Advanced Engineering 2017, where our involvement in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 through PROFINET and IO-Link is particularly relevant.

We’ll be joining with other key supporters of UK industry including GAMBICA, EEF (The Manufacturers’ Association), BARA and GTMA. It is the UK’s largest gathering of industry professionals.

“Now more than ever, industrial production is a key driver for innovation, productivity, growth and job creation” said Alison Willis, Advanced Engineering’s Event Director. “As we embark on this new revolution where disruptive technologies connect information technology and operational technology, Connected Manufacturing will catalyse the business and technology opportunities that exist between innovators, customers and suppliers – including those within IIoT, big data, automation and more. With exhibiting companies such as ABB, Staubli, Omron, Rockwell, Autodesk, and many more, Connected Manufacturing will showcase the products, software, systems, networks and enabling technologies that will help UK Industry embrace IIoT and Industry 4.0 and thus reap the rewards of increased productivity, product quality, profitability and employment opportunities.”

“We at PI UK are particularly pleased to have been invited to take such a high profile position at this industry-leading event. We are looking forward to showing why and how our technologies form the backbone of Connected Manufacturing”, commented Bob Squirrell, Chairman of PI UK. “Come and see us on stand CM35 where we’ll be demonstrating PROFINET and IO-Link.”

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NB: Members of PI are entitled to a 10% discount on exhibition stands.

Free Training for Industrial and Process Network Users

Process-seminar-e+h-march2017Sponsored 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

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

Supported by 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 design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

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.

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 plant. The event 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.

“Very well presented and a lot of useful information” “Fantastic as always and very informative”

“Superb day for experience and information” 

If you’d like to learn how to simplify your PROFIBUS, PROFINET or IO-Link application … don’t miss this one-day Seminar!

Draft Agenda – subject to change

  • Welcome & Keynote Presentation
  • Introduction to Exhibits
  • PI Global Overview

Technology basics and design

  • Rules and guidelines
  • Available tools
  • Network components
  • PROFINET
  • PROFIBUS DP/PA

Installing and Commissioning Networks

  • Rules and guidelines
  • Test and verification tools

Device configuration

  • Asset management
  • FDT/EDDL/FDI based tools
  • PROFINET IO slaves
  • PROFIBUS DP/PA slaves

Specialist Subjects

  • Guest presentations
  • IO Link
  • EMC
  • IIoT
  • Industry 4.0
  • Cyber Security
  • Safety for Automation
  • Analytics

Summary & Close 

Click here for more information and to register

Exhibition

The event will also feature an exhibition of the latest PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link products from PI-UK member companies including:

Click here for more information and to register

Free Seminar for Industrial and Process Network Users

yndwr flight simulatorSponsored by Glyndwr University and featuring a presentation from cyber security expert Dr Paul Comerford, 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

There will also be a prize draw for a chance to win a 20 minute flight in Glyndwr’s state of the art Merlin flight simulator.

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

Supported by 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 design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

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.

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 plant. The event 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.

“Very well presented and a lot of useful information” “Fantastic as always and very informative”

“Superb day for experience and information” 

If you’d like to learn how to simplify your PROFIBUS, PROFINET or IO-Link application … don’t miss this one-day Seminar!

Draft Agenda – subject to change

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and refreshments
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome and introduction to the exhibitors
10:00 – 10:15 Key note address
10:15 – 10:45 PROFIBUS International and basics of PROFIBUS and PROFINET
10:45 – 11:05 PROFIBUS DP/PA network design
11:05 – 11:25 PROFINET network design
11:25 – 12:00 Coffee and exhibition
12:00 – 12:20 Cyber security for industrial Ethernet
12:20 – 12:40 PROFIBUS DP/PA network commissioning and testing
12:40 – 13:00 PROFINET network commissioning and testing
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch and University tours
14:30 – 15:00 PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools.
15:00 – 15:20 IO-Link technology
15:20 – 15:50 The effects of EMC on bus networks
15:50 – 16:00 Summary, questions, prize draw and close

Click here for more information and to register

Exhibition

The event will also feature an exhibition of the latest PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link products from PI-UK member companies including:

Click here for more information and to register

Process-seminar-e+h-march2017Advance notice of two new training opportunities …

  • 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 Cunningham.

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.

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. 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.

Draft Agenda – subject to change

Keynote Presentation and Introduction

  • Introduction to Exhibits
  • PI Global Overview

Technology basics and design

  • Rules and guidelines
  • Available tools
  • Network components
  • PROFINET
  • PROFIBUS DP/PA

Installing and Commissioning Networks

  • Rules and guidelines
  • Test and verification tools

Device configuration

  • Asset management
  • FDT/EDDL/FDI based tools
  • PROFINET IO slaves
  • PROFIBUS DP/PA slaves

Specialist Subjects

  • Guest presentations
  • IO Link
  • EMC
  • IIoT
  • Industry 4.0
  • Cyber Security
  • Safety for Automation
  • Analytics

Summary & Close 

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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

Exhibition

The events will also feature an exhibition of the latest PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link products from PI-UK member companies including:

Click here to register for Wrexham, September 26

Click here to register for Cambridge, October 11

Latest PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Node Count 

The installed base of devices with interfaces of the communication technologies of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) continues its very strong overall market position. Against the background of Industry 4.0 incorporation into the automation of production systems, this is a clear sign of the acceptance of PI technologies in this innovative domain.

PROFINET Nodes 2016PROFINET

The development of PROFINET is very encouraging. In 2016, a record 3.6 million PROFINET devices were put on the market. This brought the total number to 16.4 million at the end of 2016, which represents an increase of 28% over the previous year.

PROFIBUS

2.4 million PROFIBUS devices were produced in 2016, rather fewer than the previous year. However, the total of 56 million devices across all years still represents a record. 10.6 million of these were incorporated into process automation systems. However, if the annual values of the two technologies are compared, PROFINET is significantly ahead of PROFIBUS for the first time. In 2016, 50% more PROFINET devices were produced than PROFIBUS devices.

PROFIsafe Nodes 2016PROFIsafe

The development of PROFIsafe is still very encouraging: with 1.55 million nodes put on the market, it has been able to achieve above-average growth again of nearly 30% and can now boast 7 million installed nodes.

IO-Link Nodes 2016IO-Link

IO-Link in turn experienced the largest increase of 47% over the year in 2016. This brings the total number of installed IO-Link devices to more than 5.3 million.

Industry 4.0 Trends

Karsten Schneider, Chairman of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), views the figures from the most recent assessment as clear confirmation of users’ great trust in PI technologies: “Especially against the background of the trends that have become visible through Industry 4.0, the figures demonstrate impressively that the PI technologies have developed in the right direction. This is motivation for us to continue the work with the same intensity and advance it even further to meet the requirements from the Industry 4.0 domain. The I40@PI working group founded a year and a half ago has picked up speed. The fundamental requirements stand, and the solutions are taking form in coordination with end users.”

Full agenda for PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Process Training Day

Organised by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International UK (PI UK), this free-to-attend training event in Manchester covered many of the key issues involved in the use of advanced network communications in Process and Hybrid Industry applications.

Covering the use of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in key application areas such as Pulp & Paper, Chemical, Utilities, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas today, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFIBUS and PROFINET in process industry applications from system design and hazardous area considerations through to maintenance and fault-finding.

Agenda

09:15 Registration and refreshments
09:45 Welcome and introduction to the table top exhibitions Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser
10:00 Profibus International and the basics of PROFIBUS and PROFINET Mark Freeman, Siemens
10:20 PROFINET in Process

The number of installed PROFINET nodes is growing and growing. In this presentation we will discuss the use of PROFINET in process industry applications and compare its use to PROFIBUS which is a strong performer in the process industry.

Peter Brown, Siemens
11:00 PROFIBUS & PROFINET system design for the Process Industry

This presentation examines the fundamental principles of good network design for process automation systems. The presentation will discuss the main factors that should be considered at the design stage of a project and how these can impact on the reliability and availability of the plant. Practical examples will show how facilities for health checking, fault-finding and maintenance can have a crucial impact. The presentation will also examine how properly thought out network monitoring and engineering access facilities can drastically affect plant up-time and thus profitability.

Andy Verwer, Verwer Training and Consultancy
11.30 Coffee and exhibition
12:00 PROFIBUS commissioning and maintenance

Although PROFIBUS can provide robust, long lasting network reliability and resilience, special tools are recommended to check on the quality of each new installation and to help with the long term maintenance of the originally achieved levels of performance. In this talk we outline what can be expected of such tools, how and when they should be used and the important network performance indicators that can be checked. These tools are recommended for use during commissioning of new systems, before new system acceptance and on a regular basis thereafter in order to help ongoing reliability and successful operation. Collection and logging of comprehensive network performance reports from the test tool, at or soon after first system acceptance, can then provide an extremely valuable benchmark against which to compare all future measurements in the years ahead.

Richard Needham, Hi-Port Controls
12:30 The effects of EMC on bus networks

Recently, a new phenomenon has appeared during the search for the causes of network failures. It has been noted data communication issues are becoming more frequent in situations where conventional network analysers do not reveal any weak points.

It was the investigation of shield currents on industrial data communication lines that prompted the usual diagnostic approach to take a completely new turn. It soon became clear that the bus itself was in perfect condition, but was being affected by external influences that are generally referred to as “EMC interference“. Further extensive measurements, both in the bonding system and in the shielding connections of bus lines, revealed an association between high leakage currents (mostly of higher frequency) and bus failures.

This presentation will explain the theory behind the measurements, the tools used to perform them and will provide limits against which all industrial networks should be checked against.

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists
13:00 Lunch and exhibition
14.00 Device configuration and asset management tools Phil Waterworth, Endress+Hauser
14:40 IIoT, Security & Ethernet Design

The modern world means that controls systems are being integrated together within the plant with the aim of integrating everything into the management systems and IT system. This step change is due to IIoT and Industry4.0 but does bring other considerations to the table. What should we think about in relation to network design and security?

Peter Brown, Siemens
15:20 Summary and Questions Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser
15:30 Close

Click here to view or download the presentations

The seminar is ably presented by process industry communications specialists from PI UK member organisations. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain process plant.  The event 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.

With 50% of the seminar time dedicated to live demonstrations and most of the remainder taken up with practical advice based on actual experience, the programme will be of great value to Instrument Technicians/Engineers, C&I Engineers and System Engineers involved in design, operation and maintenance of modern process plant.

Table Top Exhibition

Exhibitors

  • AJM Engineering Management
  • Belcom Cables
  • Control Specialists
  • Hitex UK
  • Hi-Port Controls
  • HMS UK
  • Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact will be profiling their HART to PROFINET multiplexer (pictured) which allows existing HART enabled devices to be connected to a PROFINET network, with little or no disruption to established plant architecture.  Additionally we will be previewing our innovative, EX rated device servers and protocol converters.

Back to the Seminar …

Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain process plant. The event 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.

If you’d like to learn how to simplify your PROFIBUS or PROFINET process application … don’t miss this one-day Practical Aspects of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in Process Seminar. Places are limited so don’t delay – book today!

Click here to view or download the presentations

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