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PROFINEWS UK Masthead
Issue 110 - May 2017



Welcome to the May edition of PROFINEWS UK, bringing you the latest news of upcoming PROFIBUS, PROFINET, IO-Link and associated activities in the UK. 


PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link Autumn Training Days

Advance notice of two new training events ...

  • Glyndwr University, Wales, 26 September
  • Cambridge, 11 October
Process Seminar March 2017
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
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.
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.  
CERTIFIED PROFIBUS AND PROFINET TRAINING COURSES
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PI UK supports certified training run by our two PITCs, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Verwer Training & Consultancy Ltd (VTC). Both organisations are authorised by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) to deliver PI's certified courses leading to internationally-recognised accreditation as Certified PROFIBUS or PROFINET Engineers or Installers. 


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Certified PROFINET Installer
An essential course for electrical engineers and technicians needing to upgrade their skills to include industrial ethernet installation. This one-day, hands-on course teaches the design, installation and testing of complete PROFINET networks and will teach delegates how to avoid common, but potentially expensive, installation problems.

Next course:  
Jul 26, Location: Manchester, Provider: MMU
Certified PROFINET Engineer
This training course provides a detailed technical knowledge of the PROFINET technology and the advantages it offers your automation and production processes. At the end of the training there will be a theory exam. Participants who pass get the title Certified PROFINET Engineer and are awarded an official certificate. Successful participants will have the confidence to evaluate PROFINET as a solution for their automation requirements and be able to design a proper application. 

Next course:  
Jul 26 , Location: Manchester, Provider: MMU
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Certified PROFIBUS Installer
An essential course for electrical engineers and technicians needing to upgrade their skills to include fieldbus installation. This one-day, hands-on course teaches the design, installation and testing of complete PROFIBUS networks including DP, PA and optical fibre technology. Covering bus layout and termination, grounding rules and practices, the course will teach delegates how to avoid common, but potentially expensive, installation problems. 

Next courses: 
June 1, Location: Manchester, Provider: MMU
Jun 26, Location: Manchester, Provider: VTC
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PROFIBUS Commissioning & Maintenance Course
A one-day course designed as an add-on to the Certified PROFIBUS Installer Course, covering the practical techniques of faultfinding on "operational" PROFIBUS networks. Techniques taught on the course include the use of a modern PROFIBUS analyser, Class 1 and Class 2 master functions (engineering tool) to diagnose network faults, device faults and I/O problems. Students also learn how to diagnose and accurately locate cable, connection and device faults.

Next courses: 
June 2, Location: Manchester, Provider: MMU
June 27, Location: Manchester, Provider: VTC
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Certified PROFIBUS System Designer
This course is aimed at anyone who is dealing with the design, specification or procurement of modern automation and control systems at the engineering or technical level.  The course is also suitable for device manufacturers, system integrators and technical sales/marketing people who want to know the best way to put systems together. The course is aimed at the professional engineer level and a basic familiarity with control system terminology and the ability to perform simple engineering calculations is assumed.

Next courses: 
June 28, Location: Manchester, Provider: VTC
Nov 20, Location: Manchester, Provider: MMU
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Certified PROFIBUS Engineer Course
This is an in-depth course covering PROFIBUS DP and PA network operation, design, commissioning and live fault-finding. The course covers basic cyclic data exchange (so-called DP-V0) and DP-V1 extensions that are used in PA devices and more complex DP devices. Most of the course is involved with understanding and interpreting the various telegrams that pass between devices. It is a world-wide recognised training program, standardised by PROFIBUS International.  The Certified PROFIBUS Installer and the Commissioning & Maintenance courses are essential pre-requisites to attending this course. 

Next courses: 
June 28, Location: Manchester, Provider: VTC
Nov 20, Location: Manchester, Provider: MMU
ON-SITE CERTIFIED TRAINING FOR 6 OR MORE PEOPLE
If you've got a group of 6 or more to train, then you might be interested in having a course delivered at your own premises.  The UK is well served with fully-accredited training facilities, with two organisations able to deliver these courses on-site, The Ascent Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Verwer Training and Consultancy (VTC). 

DO YOU HAVE PROFINET, PROFIBUS or IO-Link NEWS TO SHARE?
If  you have an interesting application story involving the use of  PROFIBUS, PROFINET or IO-Link in the UK, we'd love to hear from you!   If you've got a new product then it could be featured free-of-charge in our next newsletter if  your company is a member of PI UK.   

If you have a newsworthy item, please send me up to 100 words plus a picture and link to where readers can obtain more information and we will consider it for publication. 
VIEW OR DOWNLOAD OUR PRESENTATIONS
If you were unable to make it to our recent seminars, you can still view the highly informative presentations along with many others from our extensive collection. 

JOIN PI UK TO ENJOY MANY VALUABLE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
The best way to benefit from our technologies is to join the UK branch of PI. Members enjoy many benefits such as  free access to all of our PROFIBUS and PROFINET documentation, participation in events, access to the Members' Forum, promotional opportunities and much, much more! 

We offer 5 different levels of membership to cover a wide range of requirements, from academics and equipment users through to distributors and manufacturers.  Depending on the level of membership selected, there's even free access to patented IP related to PI's technology  - of tremendous benefit to any company wishing to manufacture PROFIBUS, PROFINET or IO-Link compatible products. A key benefit available to all members is the generous discount offered on training from our accredited training centres. 

QUICK LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION
OUR SPONSORS - a quick word of thanks
We're delighted to acknowledge the support of the following Senior Member companies of PI UK, whose continuing help has been invaluable in bringing the benefits of PROFIBUS and PROFINET to the UK:
 

The PROFIBUS Group
profibusgroup.com

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