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Practical Aspects of PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link - April 2021

  • 27.04.2021

Following changes forced on us by the Covid-19 lockdown, we're delighted to now be able to announce that our seminar at The National Conference Centre, Birmingham has been re-arranged to take place next year on Tuesday, April 27th.

If you would like to reserve a place and be kept updated, please do register


The Event 

This free-to-attend seminar addresses the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention being paid to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Covering key application areas such as control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link, from system design and safety & security considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Agenda (subject to change)

09:00 – 09:15  Welcome and introduction to exhibitors, Mark Freeman, Siemens

09:15 – 09:35  Introduction to PI Group – including highlights of new supported technologies,  Mark Freeman, Siemens

09:35 – 10:20  Network gateway technology, Peter Thomas, Control Specialists

10:20 – 10:50  Coffee and exhibition

 10:50 – 11:35  PROFINET Network Design, Andy Williams, Siemens

11:35 – 12:20  Industrial network commissioning and testing, Dave Tomlin, Hitex and Xing Ye, Ideal Networks

12:20 – 13:05  PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools, Phil Waterworth, Endress + Hauser

13:05 – 14:00  Lunch and Exhibition

 14:00 – 14:45  Industrial networks safety & security, Peter Brown, CSA Group

14:45 – 15:30  Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Derek Lane, WAGO

15:30 – 15:35  Questions & close

15:35 – 17:00 (approx.)  Presentation about the museum followed by tour

Live Demonstrations

Supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar 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. 

Places are limited so don't delay - book today!



Introduction to PI Group – including highlights of new supported technologies

Mark Freeman, Siemens

An overview of the Group’s structure and global representation, taking a look at the protocol basics and their differences, plus showing the progress of the number of installed devices from the group’s supported technologies and relating these figures to their market share.

Network gateway technology

Peter Thomas, Director, Control Specialists

A vendor-independent overview of how to connect PROFINET networks to existing fieldbuses and expose the data to IOT technologies using OPC-UA. This presentation, including live demonstration, will take a “how it’s done” approach using products from several well-known manufacturers and will inclu

  • Profinet - Profibus DP
  • Profinet - Profibus PA
  • Profinet - CANOpen
  • Profinet - IO-Link 
  • Profinet - OPC UA


PROFINET Network Design

Andy Williams, Siemens

It is widely accepted that the most important decisions are made at the design stage of a project. This presentation examines the fundamental principles of good network design for PROFINET systems, although many of the ideas are applicable to PROFIBUS and other networking systems. The presentation will discuss the main factors that must be considered at the design stage of an automation system. Practical examples will show how facilities for health checking, fault-finding and maintenance can have a crucial impact on plant availability. The presentation will also examine how properly thought out network monitoring and redundancy can drastically affect plant up-time and thus profitability.

Industrial network commissioning & testing

Dave Tomlin, Hitex and Xing Ye, Product Manager, IDEAL Industries Networks

Take a walk through the process of certifying a new PROFINET (or any other industrial Ethernet) against the standards and see how easy it can be, then look at a few gotchas that can easily be avoided by careful planning. Learn how to simplify the process of testing both cabling and networks in Industrial Ethernet networks that utilise the PROFINET protocol, how to prevent network failures and resolve cable and network issues faster.

PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools.

Phil Waterworth - Project Engineer - Endress+Hauser Ltd

A look at the available device configuration tools and their development including the move to unify the different types into one format – FDI. This will be followed by a live demonstration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration using an existing open platform and web browser option.

Industrial networks safety & security

Peter Brown, CSA Group

The concept of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing has gained plenty of traction in the marketplace. What does this greater acceptance of Industry 4.0 mean for Functional Safety and Cybersecurity in Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)? In this presentation, we will quickly discuss the basics of Functional Safety and Cybersecurity for PROFI based applications and then we will consider the impact on these areas from Industry 4.0 in the short and medium-term. What should System Integrators and Product Manufacturers be doing now and what can you expect to be seeing from PI in the not too distant future. We will also consider the impact of open architectures/systems, common technology, international standards and last but not least trust in technology.

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Derek Lane – Process Automation Manager - WAGO Ltd (Deputy Chairman – PI-UK)

A short journey to explain IIoT, The Industrial Internet of things, IND4.0 from IND1.0 and Big Data. How PROFINET is placed as the ideal Industrial Fieldbus to fulfil the above, how it is implemented and why you should consider it. Some of the myths explained.

PI's Technologies

With over 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link are truly market leaders, providing state of the art digital communications addressing all the needs of manufacturing and process industries, significantly lowering capital expenditure on installation, commissioning and maintenance. They offer unprecedented integration of automation, control, monitoring and safety systems using standardised and widely supported communications and networking solutions.

This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated process plant and manufacturing facilities. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

More information and online Registration

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Places are limited so don't delay - book today!


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Our well-known PI technologies


PROFIBUS is a standardized, open, digital communications system for all areas of application in manufacturing and process automation.


PROFINET is the innovative open standard for Industrial Ethernet. It satisfies all requirements of automation technology.

IO-LINK is an independent sensor / actuator interface solution for use with all automation technologies.



Omlox is an open technology standard for real-time indoor localization systems for industrial manufacturing.