New date set for PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link Birmingham seminar

17th November at the National Conference Centre.

This free-to-attend seminar organised by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK) addresses the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention being paid to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Covering key application areas such as control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link, from system design and safety & security considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Live Demonstrations

Supported by an exhibition with 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 the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.


Introduction to PI Group and its technologies

An overview of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International and the group’s supported technologies, its protocol basics and their significance in the global automation market.

Network gateway technology

A vendor-independent overview of how to connect PROFINET networks to existing fieldbuses and expose the data to IOT technologies using OPC-UA. This presentation, including live demonstration, will take a “how it’s done” approach and will include PROFINET to PROFIBUS DP and PA, CANOpen, IO-Link and OPC UA.

PROFINET Network Design

This presentation examines the fundamental principles of good network design for PROFINET and other networking systems. It will discuss the main factors that must be considered at the design stage of an automation system with practical examples showing how facilities for health checking, fault-finding and maintenance can have a crucial impact on plant availability, plant up-time and profitability.

Industrial network commissioning & testing

Take a walk through the process of certifying a new PROFINET installation against the standards and see how easy it can be, then look at a few gotchas that can easily be avoided by careful planning. Learn how to simplify the process of testing both cabling and networks in Industrial Ethernet networks that utilise the PROFINET protocol, how to prevent network failures and resolve cable and network issues faster.

PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools.

A look at the available device configuration tools and their development including the move to unify the different types into one format – FDI. This will be followed by a live demonstration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration using an existing open platform and web browser option.

Industrial networks safety & security

What does this greater acceptance of Industry 4.0 mean for Functional Safety and Cybersecurity in Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)? This presentation will discuss the basics of Functional Safety and Cybersecurity for PROFI based applications and then will consider the impact on these areas from Industry 4.0. What should System Integrators and Product Manufacturers be doing now and what can you expect to be seeing from PI in the not too distant future? We will also consider the impact of open architectures/systems, common technology, international standards and trust in technology.

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

A short journey to explain IIoT, The Industrial Internet of things, IND4.0 from IND1.0 and Big Data. How PROFINET is placed as the ideal Industrial Fieldbus to fulfil the above, how it is implemented and why you should consider it. Some of the myths explained.

PI’s Technologies

With over 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFINET, PROFIBUS 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 process plant and manufacturing facilities. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

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Birmingham –

or Belfast or Scotland, exact dates TBA: 


Scotland –

Note: all dates are of necessity provisional, but registered delegates will be kept informed of changes and will be assured of a place at the event of their choice. 

Places are limited so don’t delay – book today!

Contact Details:


+44 208 144 9597

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