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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.

We are starting a new email newsletter service. To join the list, you can sign up safely at http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?m=1102664683608&p=oi

Industry4 and IIoT for ProcessLearn how to get up and running with Industry 4.0 and IIoT

  • 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.


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


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

Click here to register for Wrexham, September 26

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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

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