PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) is pleased about the establishment of the new Regional PI Association (RPA) in Chile with headquarters in Concepción. Rodrigo Pinto, Chairman of the RPA, has been an active promoter of the PI’s technologies PROFIBUS and PROFINET for years through his company RP Ingenieria. RP Ingenieria is accredited both as a PI Competence Center (PICC) and as a PI Training Center (PICT). Concepción is regarded as the center of the second most important economic area in Chile after Santiago. With this establishment, Chile now joins Brazil as the home of the second RPA in South America.
In addition, two new PI Competence Centers have been opened – one in La Paz (Bolivia) and the other in Lima (Peru). Both are active with respect to PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies and are focusing on process automation. These Competence Centers are currently preparing to obtain accreditation as a PI Training Center. The two centers intend to offer the training courses for Certified PROFIBUS Installer, Certified PROFIBUS Engineer, Certified PROFIBUS PA Engineer, and Certified PROFINET Engineer.
In addition to the recent new foundations and the already existing PI Competence Center and PI Training Center in Chile, PI has been active in the market in Brazil for many years with WESTCON Instrumentacao Industrial, a PI Competence Center in Sao Paulo, and with Centro De Competencia PROFIBUS Latin America, a PI Competence Center and PI Training Center in Sao Carlos.
With a presence in every continent, PI is the world's largest interest group in the area of industrial communication. Today, PI has more than 1,500 members worldwide and 27 regional organizations (RPA), 54 PI Competence Centers (PICC), and 28 PI Training Centers (PITC).
PICCs provide users and manufacturers with all kind of advice and support. As institutions of the PI, they are independent service providers and adhere to the mutually agreed rules. The PICCs are regularly checked for their suitability as part of an individually tailored accreditation process. The PITCs have been set up with the specific aim of establishing a global training standard for engineers and technicians. The accreditation of the PITCs and their experts ensures the quality of the training and, thus, the quality of the engineering and installation services for PROFIBUS and PROFINET.