User Conference focuses on the application of PROFIBUS and PROFINET

User Conference focuses on the application of PROFIBUS and PROFINET

In June this year, PROFIBUS UK has scheduled their fifth annual Conference. Acknowledging the increased interest in PROFINET, the event has been renamed the PROFIBUS & PROFINET User Conference.

As a result of the excellent feedback from the previous events, the 2008 conference will continue to concentrate on the real issues of implementation, maintenance and management of PROFIBUS and PROFINET systems, from a user perspective. Speakers, many from the user community themselves, will present their experience as installers and users of such systems, with as much information about the problems to avoid, as about the advantages that result.

The conference is designed for End Users including installation and maintenance personnel, system designers and decision makers including managers and indeed anyone concerned with the real issues of implementing fieldbus and/or industrial Ethernet technologies. The conference programme is designed in a multi-stream format, to contain a mixture of technical presentations, demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions that are suitable for a wide variety of experience; from first-time users to those with extensive experience with working systems. Some of these sessions will provide a taster of the training and technical support sessions provided by the UK PROFIBUS Competence Centre at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), to support the further introduction of PROFIBUS and PROFINET technology into industry.


In addition, the Conference will cover latest developments in both PROFIBUS and PROFINET technology for factory and process automation, including safety, motion control, wireless implementations and integration with the Internet and MES. The two-day event will be supported by an Exhibition of the latest products from around 20 commercial and associated organizations, including leading product vendors, trainers, consultants and systems integrators: this free of charge Exhibition is open for any interested industrial visitor, whether attending the conference or not, subject to prior registration.


The venue this year is Stratford Manor, near Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire. This hotel sits in its own 21 acres of grounds just 5 minutes from junction 15 of the M40, and is within easy reach of Birmingham International Airport. It has recently completed a multi million pound refurbishment to give all the benefits of a modern Conference centre, providing a new larger venue and a great base for our 2008 event. The conference dates will be Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 June.



The conference programme places great emphasis on serving the needs of the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain manufacturing facilities and process plant. The aim is to assist companies to plan and make the transition from conventional to fieldbus systems as easy (and jargon free) as possible. As a part of this the sessions will include audience participation, and attendees are encouraged to submit the questions they wish to see answered in advance, for the presenters to cover that topic. Further discussions with the presenters and suppliers can be developed during the conference breaks.

The programme of parallel conference presentations, hands-on practical sessions and exhibition mean that this event is a "must" for anyone involved in, or thinking about, fieldbus, intelligent instrumentation and actuation, or networked control systems applications. Supported by live demonstrations of actual tools used in calibration and maintenance, the conference will be of great value to the System Engineers, C&I Engineers and Instrument Technicians/Engineers involved in design, operation and maintenance of modern process and manufacturing plant.


Feedback from delegates in previous years has included ?Good variety of presentations and good to have customers? viewpoint to tell the negatives as well as the positives?, ?Good insight for a person with limited knowledge of subjects covered, excellent workshop/primer sessions, useful exhibition. Will come again? and ?As a user in the Water Industry, the conference provided us with the necessary stimulus to decide to adopt Profibus technology more widely. The event provided a good balance between academic and practical subjects, and between workshops or lectures, with a good mix of suppliers and users also. The number of exhibitors gave confidence that Profibus is being widely supported, and that co-operation exists to evolve standards and products which will be inter-operable?.


To register for the conference, please complete and return the registration form using the link below to our Download Page. In case of difficulty contact Registration by Email to or tel: +44 20 7193 8018.

Conference Venue - the Stratford Manor hotel

By: Squirrell