Certified PROFIBUS System Design course (VTC)
At Endress+Hauser training facility, Manchester M23 9NF. Also available on-site for groups of 6 to 12 people.
20.09.2017, 25.10.2017
United Kingdom

Good quality PROFIBUS training has been widely available for installers, maintenance technicians and engineers for many years. Unfortunately, key decision makers – managers, system designers and system integrators are quite often less well trained than others who are involved in the engineering. Many of the mistakes that can be seen in installations are traceable to fundamental decisions that were taken at the early stages of the project. For example, use of inappropriate technology 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 lifecycle costs etc.

This 3-day 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. Attendees must have previously attended the one-day Certified PROFIBUS Installer course. For those that have not previously taken the Installer course, this can be taken together with the System design course as a 4-day option.

The course provides a top-down approach to designing a modern automation and control system and helps managers and designers to make the correct decisions from the project beginning. The course is applicable to all sectors of industry from factory automation to process control. Examples and case-studies used on the course are from a wide range of industries including manufacturing, process plant water-treatment, materials handling and automated part sorting storage and retrieval.One of the aims of the course is to cover the design of modern control systems that are maintainable and which minimise the impact of control system and network failures which will inevitably occur during the life time of the plant. The aim is to minimise the footprint of failures in terms of restricting the extent of the effects of failures and also the time to locate and repair faults.

Course Content

  • General system design requirements. The control system life cycle, consideration of maintenance, health checking and fault finding features. Characteristics of communication and transmission technologies. Environmental considerations and choice of appropriate devices, cables and connectors.
  • Network layout and design. PROFIBUS network architectures and their relative advantages in terms of performance, maintenance and reliability. Integrating operation, supervision and engineering information into the control system.
  • PROFIBUS profiles. How profiles can simplify system design, maintenance and give vendor independence. Use of profile GSD files and DTMs.
  • Hazardous areas. Essential requirements for hazardous areas and available design options. Design of Intrinsically safe RS485 and MBP segments.
  • High availability systems and redundancy. Basics of component and system reliability and application of basic reliability modelling techniques. Overview and evaluation of practical solutions for high availability PROFIBUS systems, limitations and essential needs.
  • Fibre optic, infra-red and wireless transmission. Design and application of various topologies, solutions for redundant fibre optic systems. Basics and design considerations for infra-red and wireless communication.
  • Safety related systems. Essential requirements and design options for safety related systems.
  • Control system and network timing considerations. DP and PA cycle time and jitter estimation. The effect of gateways and couplers. Basic characteristics and applications of isochronous cycle timing.
  • Modern solutions for network monitoring.
  • Documentation and drawing standards.


Certified PROFIBUS Installer and Certified PROFIBUS System Design courses are being delivered by Verwer Training & Consultancy in Manchester at Endress+Hauser's training facility at M23 9NF. Contact Sophie Cotton at E+H Manchester to book a place. Courses are also available on-site for between 6 and 12 people (contact

Comments from previous attendees

  • Excellent course, more on OPC would have been useful.
  • Very thorough and well presented.
  • Very useful update on the new technologies that are now available and their benefits to integrators and end users.
  • Lecturer’s enthusiasm comes over very well to make the day highly motivating an interesting.
  • Spot on!
  • Very comprehensive, learned much more than I expected. All topics covered were relevant.
  • Very impressed with the course and instructor.
  • Would definitely recommend to others.

Registration and booking

Bookings can be made by contacting Sophie Cotton, E+H's Training & Events Coordinator, tel: +44 (0)161 286 5193, Email: Alternatively drop an email to

Verwer Training and Consultancy Ltd
Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1625 871199
+44 (0)7732 625584




Verwer Training and Consultancy Ltd
5 Barclay Road
SK12 1YY Poynton, Stockport
United Kingdom
00 44 1625 871199
+44 1612476326
By: Andy Verwer