First UK Certified Profibus System Designers

The first group of engineers to pass the newly accredited UK Certified Profibus System Design course have graduated. The course was delivered by Verwer Training and Consultancy (VTC) at the extensive Endress+Hauser training centre in Manchester, where the picture below was taken.

profibus courseThe graduates include engineers from Endress+Hauser, Trant Engineering, CAT E&I and Control Specialists Ltd: Andy Verwer, of VTC, is on the left. The intensive course covered the detailed design of Profibus systems including methods for dealing with hazardous environments, various speed and performance requirements and solutions for high reliability and availability.  One of the core aims of this training is to cover the various methods of optimising control system design so that the impact of control system failures and maintenance on production is minimised.

The course is suitable for engineers who are involved in the specification, design and procurement of Profibus systems and covers many of the key concepts in achieving a reliable, repairable and maintainable system. The course is particularly valuable for companies involved in the UK water industry, where the WIMES standards apply.

The course can be cost effectively delivered on-site for between 4 and 20 people. See the Certified Profibus System Design course web page for more information. You can also call VTC to chat over your requirements.

2015 UK Profibus and Profinet Conference

This annual two-day conference is taking place in Stratford-on-Avon on 23 & 24 June in 2015. It includes two parallel streams of activities involving hands-on practical workshops and in-depth presentations by industry experts. The event will be covering the latest developments in Profibus and Profinet – it is also suitable for those who are new to the technology, who want to see the equipment working and talk to users who have installed systems already. Equipment manufacturers will show products and systems in an associated exhibition.

VTC will be represented by Andy Verwer who will be making a presentation on Profibus and Profinet system design and running a hands-on Profibus workshop. Peter Thomas, another of the VTC trainers, will be running a Profinet diagnostics workshop. Dennis van Booma, the CEO of ProCentec in the Netherlands, will be talking about network monitoring and diagnostics and presenting the latest ProCentec products for use on site.

See the conference programme for more details. If registering, please mention VTC in the comments box! VTC are offering two free places on the Certified Profibus Installer course and Certified Profibus System Designer course at the conference. Winners will be drawn from the conference attendees, during the event.

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Profinet gets the main attention from PI

In a separate news item, PI (Profibus and Profinet International) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, and has released the latest node counts for installed systems: over 50 million Profibus and 10 million Profinet devices have been installed.

PI say that the growth in numbers of installed Profinet systems has been in line with the forecasts of an ARC market study of trends in Ethernet-based systems, which stated that the growth of Profinet was expected to exceed that of its competitors and the general Industrial Ethernet market. This PI claims is because Profinet is the only standard that combines the strict real-time requirements of high-performance machines (using higher-level systems such as MOM – Manufacturing Operation Management) with the necessary openness for IP communication.

Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman, commented “Users are won over by the integrated overall concept. For example, the combination of Profisafe and Profinet is an important deciding factor for the automotive industry. This is also reflected in the number of Profisafe nodes installed, which exceeded the 4 million mark this year. In 2014 alone, over 1 million new Profisafe nodes were installed, setting a new record. Outside of the automotive industry, Profisafe has been ensuring safety for the past 15 years in amusement rides, cable cars, passenger transportation, and in particular throughout the machine building sector as well as in many other applications.”

But what about Profibus, and Profisafe for that matter, in process industry applications?

PI does then talk about Profibus. They add: “Even though it has been on the market for a long time, Profibus continues to report impressive market growth. At the end of 2014, nearly 51 million Profibus devices were installed in industrial plants worldwide, about 3.6 million more than the previous year. This number shows that user confidence in Profibus is as high as ever. Profibus PA is also recording steady growth. Around 9 million PA devices are now installed in the process automation sector, around 800,000 more than in 2013. This sector will receive special attention at PI in the Achema year. Accordingly, PI is currently working closely with users to address the specific requirements of process automation in Profinet.”

So the PI emphasis seems to be on developing Profinet into the process automation industry, possibly even displacing Profibus.

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