Webinars and Other Online Events

Here’s where to view our online event listings and back-catalogue:


New Video: PROFINET Explained – A Complete Overview

Do you want to learn what PROFINET is and how it works? This short video covers a complete overview of PROFINET. It includes details on the protocol mechanisms, installation, configuration, network components, and more.


PROFINET is an open Industrial Ethernet solution based on international standards. It is a communication protocol designed to exchange data between controllers and devices in an automation setting. It was introduced in the early 2000s and is the most well-adopted Industrial Ethernet solution.

Since PROFINET is an open standard, hundreds of manufacturers have developed PROFINET products, such as PLCs, PACs, Drives, Robots, Proxies, IOs, and diagnostic tools.

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Introduction to omlox Webinar

omlox - the open locating standardomlox is an open and interoperable standard that is revolutionizing real-time locating and therefore a milestone for companies on the path to Industrie 4.0.

The focus is to define open interfaces for an interoperable localization system. With omlox, products from different manufacturers can be networked together in a core zone and various locating technologies can be connected – all for the first time.

You will get in-depth information about the first open locating standard omlox, its use, and benefits for today’s 4.0 landscape by the committee leader and CEO of Heidelberg Mobil, Matthias Jöst, Ph.D., as well as a demo from the omlox testbed and exclusive insights into one of our partner installations. Save the date!


  • An introduction to omlox
  • The omlox concept
  • First pilots and reference implementations
  • The organization behind omlox

Date: Tuesday, June 8th

Session 1: Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM BST

Register at https://www.profibus.com/workshop-omlox-pno

Session 2: Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM BST

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8300665592101142542

New PROFIBUS Online Training Course

PI North America has launched a brand new PROFIBUS Online Training Course. This new online course offers a complete PROFIBUS introduction in one structured training. The course prepares students to apply PROFIBUS in their own projects. It includes technical details of the technology and a complete overview of network design, configuration, installation, commissioning, and maintenance for PROFIBUS DP and PROFIBUS PA.

PI North America collaborated with the PROFI Interface Center (PIC), a PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) accredited Training Center, Competence Center, and Test Lab located in North America, to produce this course.

The PROFIBUS Online Training Course is a self-paced course specifically designed for remote learning. Students work on the course lessons independently and can contact instructors via email/phone for related questions.

Course highlights:

  • The entire course is available online at no-cost
  • Challenging quizzes help students test their understanding of the material
  • The course includes educational content for end-users, OEMs, system integrators, manufacturers of automation devices, distributors, and students.

Join the course here: The comprehensive PROFIBUS Online Training Course is publicly available on the PI North America website at https://us.profinet.com/profibusonline

NB: The PROFIBUS Online Training Couse is not a replacement for the PROFIBUS Certified Network Engineer and Installer Course. For week-long, instructor-led, hands-on training, PROFIBUS Certified Courses are available and highly recommended for those seeking more than just an introduction.

Webinar: Introduction to IO-Link for End-Users and Device Vendors

Online training session providing a complete overview of the technology and an interactive Q&A block. This webinar provided a structured introduction to IO-Link, including helpful content for end-users and device vendors alike. It included details on the organization, suitable applications, the protocol, its implementation, and much more.


• IO-Link Consortium
• Features and Functionality
• Applications and Benefits
• Latest News
• Adding IO-Link to Your Device
• Resources and Q&A

Location: Online (GoToWebinar)

Host: PROFIBUS and PROFINET North America

Price: No-cost

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How IO-Link Wireless is changing the Packaging Machinery industry

Adaptive Machine RequirementsA review on how IO-Link Wireless is changing the Packaging Machinery industry was recently featured at the ARC Industry Forum Europe 2021. In the 23-minute presentation “Wireless Connectivity Enhances Packaging Machines” by Manu Peelman of Cloostermans (with a short tech introduction by PI UK member company CoreTigo’s Gabi Daniely), the various benefits of using wireless industrial communication were presented.

Peelman covered the change in market and new requirements expected from packaging machines in the Industry 4.0 era. These included handling various packaging types (shapes, sizes, content), minimizing the changeover time, performing operations while in constant motion, and much more.

Watch the full presentation here: http://bit.ly/CoreTigo-ARC 

Introducing IO-Link Safety

IO-Link Safety Webinar

IO-Link is the first standardised IO technology (IEC 61131-9) for communication with sensors and actuators. The powerful point-to-point communication is based on the long-established 3-wire sensor and actuator connection without additional requirements regarding the cable material. So, IO-Link is not a fieldbus but further development of the existing, tried-and-tested connection technology for sensors and actuators.

Especially in the IO-Link safety area, safety plays a major role. 

Goals of the Webinar

Besides the digital communication protocol, IO-Link Safety provides further important features such as detection of misconnection, parameter backup & restore, etc… Thus, the purposes of this 3-hour workshop are:

  • Deep insight into all design and safety aspects of IO-Link Safety technology and companion specifications
  • Overview of the safety development process
  • Architecture and implementation issues
  • Development and test support
  • Safety assessment and certification
  • Discussion on user applications (feedback)

The webinar was recorded. If you are interested in obtaining the link to the recordings, please contact info@io-link.com

Webinar: Guide to PROFINET Testing & Certification

Are you adding PROFINET to your device or machine? If yes, this webinar is just for you. It explains how testing and certification work, how to prepare for testing, and how to get a product certified. Also, we will provide suggestions and resources to complete the certification process with ease.

This webinar will be of particular interest to device manufacturers and solution providers looking to implement PROFINET in devices or machines. It covers a specific subset of the development cycle: product testing and certification.

Product certification is mandatory for PROFINET devices and controllers. Certification is the process by which a PROFINET product is tested for conformance and, upon successful completion of the testing, issued a certificate by PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI).

With this webinar, device manufacturers will learn how testing and certification work, how to prepare for testing, and how to get a product certified. Also, we provide suggestions and resources to complete the certification process with ease.

Location: Online (GoToWebinar)

Host: PROFIBUS and PROFINET North America and the PROFI Interface Center


  • Related partners
  • The basics of PROFINET product testing and certification
  • How to prepare for product certification
  • The certification test
  • Steps after the certification test
  • Development and certification resources
  • Live Q&A

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IO Link Wireless Virtual Workshop 

This virtual hands-on workshop was presented by member company CoreTigo to help interested parties get familiarized with IO-Link Wireless, understand how easily it can be done, and illustrate how to do it.

The recording of the workshop can be viewed at any time via this link: https://youtu.be/V1W4y_tzSQs

IO-Link Wireless Transport Track System Communication

CoreTigo also recently released a new solution video for independent movers on transport track systems. With IO-Link Wireless new, never before possible, applications are enabled – including sensors and real-time actuators operated on the movers. This application is suitable for a variety of application areas, such as packaging, food and beverage and many others.

The video is available for viewing via this link: https://youtu.be/vDqzEn9J3MA

New Video: PROFIBUS vs. 4-20 mA

Why use a fieldbusThe 4–20 mA convention was born in the 1950s as electronics became cheaper, and the reliability met the automation industry’s requirements. 4-20 mA provided a low-cost, easy to use solution, not subject to major signal line losses. In the 1980s and 1090s, several organizations and device manufacturers started engineering the first fieldbuses, like, for example, PROFIBUS. Fieldbuses enable 2-way digital communication.

PROFIBUS vs. 4-20 mA

This video explains one of the most dramatic evolutions in industrial automation: the transition from 4-20 mA to digital fieldbuses. It compares the two and highlights key benefits and new business models arising from the implementation of fieldbuses.

Watch the video on YouTube now


Related Resources

New Video: Cables in PROFINET Networks

Cables in PROFINET NetworksMany questions arise when setting up a PROFINET network. Since the installation and design steps are critical to building a reliable project, it is important to understand cabling requirements ahead of time. This video explains a crucial piece of infrastructure in PROFINET networks: the Cabling. Watch to learn about the cable options, their specifications, and some examples for special applications.

A PROFINET network is built on standard IEEE 802.3 Ethernet. While wireless access points are becoming more popular, the vast majority of today’s network connections are wired and require cabling. PROFINET cable manufacturers offer a range of cable types and classes for different applications, including those with special properties. These cables come in two flavours: copper and fibre optic.

This whiteboard animation video covers all you need to know about cables and PROFINET.

Watch it on YouTube now. 

Webinar: How PROFINET Works, A Beginner’s Guide

Are you looking for an introductory course in PROFINET? This webinar will guide you through the basics of how PROFINET works. It will start by introducing the value of implementing fieldbuses and Industrial Ethernet protocols in automation networks. Then, it will expand on PROFINET basics, such as topology, media, features, performance, and configuration.


  • Industrial automation challenges
  • Value proposition: Industrial Ethernet
  • How PROFINET works
  • PROFINET network basics
  • Topology
  • Media
  • Common features
  • Additional features and application profiles
  • How to get started: setting up a PROFINET network
  • GSD file, device addressing, diagnostics
  • PROFINET highlights

The archived webinar is now available for viewing here …

New Video: PROFINET vs Ethernet Comparison

What is the difference between PROFINET and Ethernet? Can you give us a PROFINET vs Ethernet comparison? We get these questions quite often. They can be difficult to answer because PROFINET and Ethernet are complementing technologies, not competing technologies. A new white-board video resolves these common questions.

Watch it today!

New Video: PROFIBUS vs PROFINET Comparison

This whiteboard video answers one of the most common PROFIBUS and PROFINET questions we receive: What is the difference between PROFIBUS and PROFINET? Watch the video and get a complete answer with technical details. Enjoy!

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New Video: PROFINET and Edge Computing

Moving relevant data in PROFINET networks from field to edge to cloud and back is as transparent as possible -no matter where the edge is. Learn about PROFINET and edge computing in just 1 minute. Watch this video to find out!

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omlox live launch event  – 29th June

omlox live launch event omlox technology was presented and officially handed over to PI for further development and distribution at the official opening event via live streaming. In addition, the omlox testbed in Teningen was shown and the participants gained many insights from core partners and contributors during different online seminars and “deep-dive” sessions. All sessions from the live event were recorded and uploaded to view now.

Register at www.omlox.com to view

Lightning Surge Protection on PROFIBUS Networks – 10th June

Protecting against lightning surgesThis webinar is aimed at those people responsible for the commissioning and support of PROFIBUS networks. It took the form of a presentation with demonstrations to aid understanding.

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PROFINET to PROFIBUS Gateways – 3rd June

Go Digital Go PROFINETThis webinar is aimed at those people responsible for the design, commissioning and support of PROFINET networks and explains how to integrate existing PROFIBUS DP and PROFIBUS PA devices into that network.

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PROFINET Network Diagnostics – 27th May

This webinar follows on from the PROFINET Network Design Webinar but is this time aimed at people responsible for the commissioning and support of PROFINET networks.

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PROFINET Network Design – 20th May

This 40-minute webinar is particularly relevant to people responsible for the design of PROFINET networks. It highlighted the common errors and assumptions made that could make on-going support of the network rather difficult.

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EMC Awareness for Industrial Automation Systems – 11th May

The first in our new series of webinars was presented in May by Peter Thomas of Control Specialists Ltd, Chairman of the PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) Training Centres and Technical Officer PI UK.

It is particularity relevant to people responsible for the design and installation of PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks as outlined in the PI Guidelines on Earthing and Bonding of PROFIBUS and PROFINET Networks.

However, it is also for those who wanted an awareness of the often misunderstood topic of EMC in industrial automation.

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