The PROFIBUS Group’s 20th Anniversary Conference programme

Audience engaged at PROFIBUS Conferenceopened with a State of The (Industrial) Nation address from Brian Holliday, one of the fathers of The UK’s PROFIBUS Group, addressing factors such as government, manufacturing, industrial infra-structure and skills, and why investment and standards such as PROFIBUS  & PROFINET remain key to growth and prosperity.

Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman then presented the keynote speech, bringing important news of updates on the technology including PROFINET for PA, Performance achievements and the latest development on such key areas as PROFIenergy.

Case Studies

James Powell, author of “Catching the Process Fieldbus” and a regular presenter at previous conferences presented a case study of a customer who had switched from Ex HART to IS PROFIBUS PA utilizing a multi-vendor solution, showing that PROFIBUS PA is not just for large sites and revealing the economics of using PA and IS instead of Ex construction.

Other practical presentations and case studies were delivered by David Bray of United Utilities on the subject of lightning protection while Mark O’Halloran from BAE Systems submarine division addressed key issues of safety and security in systems design and implementation.

Master Classes and Workshops

Hands-on workshops at the PROFIBUS Conference

Hands-on Workshops

There were a number of Master Classes and Workshops, covering matters such as PROFINET system design, intrinsically safe systems, the use of profiles and the new Certified PROFIBUS System Designer course.

The Workshops followed a new format of multi-vendor collaboration led by a number of experts. A variety of products were connected and configured into demonstration PROFIBUS and PROFINET systems in front of the audience, much like the “plugfest” concept seen in Germany. These live, hands-on workshops covered tools and techniques for  health checking and trouble shooting, PROFIBUS device configuration and device commissioning using FDT/DTM and EDDL based tools and how to migrate from legacy systems.

Conference Programme

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Time Stream 1  Main Conference Stream 2  Workshops
Chairman Bob Squirrell
09:00-09:10 Welcome to our 20th Anniversary Conference – Bob Squirrell; Chairman, The PROFIBUS User Group, UK
09:10-09:55 State of the Nation keynote address by Brian Holliday – PROFIBUS & PROFINET in the context of Government, manufacturing, industrial infra-structure and skills, why investment and standardisation remain key. (PB, PN, B)
09:55-10.30 Updates on the technology – Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman (PB,   PN, B)

Refreshment &   Exhibition break

Chairman Mark Freeman Andy Verwer
11:30-12:15 C1 PROFINET Design, Pete Brown, Siemens (PN, A) W1 PROFIBUS configuration, Andy Verwer, VTC (PB, B)
12:15-13:00 C2 Profibus in a Marine Application – Mark O’Halloran, BAE Systems (PB, A) W2 PROFIBUS Health Monitoring – Dennis van Booma, Procentec and W2 – Profibus Health Monitoring – Dale Fittes, Hitex (PB, A)

Lunch & Exhibition   break

Chairman Mark Cargill Mark Freeman
14:00-14:45 C3 PROFIBUS Profiles, Steffen Ochsenreither, E+H (PB, A) W3 Hands-on demonstration of PROFINET Configuration – Dave Walker & Andy Williams,  Siemens (PN, B)
14:45-15:30 C4 Small Scale PA application, James Powell, Siemens Process, Canada (PB, B) W4 PROFINET Frame Analysis, Peter Thomas, Control Specialists W4 PROFINET Frame Analysis handout, Peter Thomas  (PN, A)

Refreshment &   Exhibition break

Chairman Derek Lane Andy Smith
16:00-16:45 C5 WIMES and SPD, David Bray, United Utilities (PB, A) W5a PROFIBUS PA Device configuration using FDT, Andy Smith, E+H and Mark McCormick, Siemens Process Control (PB, B)
16:45-17:30 C6 PROFIBUS System design, Andy Verwer, VTC (PB, A) W6 PROFINET monitoring, Peter Juengling, Softing and Peter Brown, Siemens  (PN, A)

(B) = Basic, (A) = Advanced; (PB) = PROFIBUS, (PN) = PROFINET              Date:  17 June 2013, subject to change.

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