The PROFIBUS Group will be supporting MTEC at the Birmingham NEC on 25th and 26th March 2009. We will be showing a multi-vendor process automation system developed by experts from the PROFIBUS International Competence Centre in the UK.


The Group will also be presenting a tutorial entitled ?System Design using PROFIBUS and other technologies" to be delivered by Andy Verwer, Principal Lecturer at The PROFIBUS International Competence Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University.


The tutorial is derived from a course that has been developed specifically because many of the errors that are seen in modern automation system installations are traceable to fundamental decisions that are taken at the early stages of the project. For example, use of inappropriate fieldbus for an application, lack of awareness of maintenance and fault-finding facilities, over-complex or inappropriate system architecture, design decisions based on equipment purchasing cost rather than whole life-cycle costs etc.


The paper deals with the overall architecture of the control system and how to use different technologies appropriately to design an optimised system that is reliable, maintainable and flexible for future expansion and modification.

More about MTEC


The Mtec Sensors, Measurement & Instrumentation exhibition is the UK and Ireland?s primary showcase for technology related to instrumentation, measurement, sensors and control relating to process and manufacturing industries.


The Mtec event showcases sensors, hardware, software, techniques, information processing systems, automatic data acquisition and applications for control, for example.


Visitor enthusiasm for the event is summed up by Phil Webb, Head of the Metrology Laboratory at the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University: ?Everyone and everything I want to see is at Mtec. No other show brings together such a broad range of companies ? involved with the total spectrum of sensors, measurement and instrumentation technology ? under one roof.?


Responsible for the delivery of UKAS-accredited calibration services to the university?s engineering laboratories, at the Metrology Laboratory measurement plays an increasingly important role in a variety of engineering environments, from clinical testing through to manufacturing. ?Our goal is to deliver a range of highly competent and efficient calibration services that enable the university?s research and development teams to continually push forward new technology boundaries,? he says.


To ensure he stays up-to-date with the very latest developments in the measurement field, he makes sure he schedules an annual visit to the Mtec show into his diary. Indeed, for over a decade, he?s been a regular visitor to what he believes is a unique industry-specific exposition.


?No other event sparks such opportunities for debate, or provides such a rich source of ideas on emerging techniques and technologies in the field,? he concludes. ?Mtec is quite simply a fantastic forum for seeing the hottest new developments in the industry.?


Mtec 2009 also features a new series of free exhibition hall conferences including ?Wireless Solutions For Automation? which features an update on the progress towards a common wireless standard as well as wireless solutions being offered by the major names in the instrumentation and automation industry ? including ABB Instrumentation, Emerson Process Control, Honeywell and Siemens.


In addition, presentations on Profinet, Profibus International?s industrial Ethernet-based automation architecture for factory and process automation, will be taking place, plus a presentation by the ASI-Interface Expert Alliance that will be looking at the full aspects of Actuator sensor Interface.


Advanced Manufacturing UK 2009 is being held at the Birmingham NEC on 25-26 March 2009. Advanced Manufacturing UK will incorporate these co-located manufacturing?focused events: MEDTEC UK medical device manufacturing technologies; Mtec Sensors, Measurement & Instrumentation; Machine Building & Automation; VTX Vision Technology Exhibition; 3C Contamination Control & Cleanroom Products; Practical Vacuum & Surfacts UK; and the new Green Manufacturing Exhibition and Conference.

By: Squirrell