A chance for hands-on training in Profibus and Profinet

03 May 2007

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Practical hands-on discussions and training is a major part of the Profibus User Group Conference that will take place on 26/27 June 2007. The training sessions are presented on both days of the conference, enabling delegates to also attend any specific lectures of interest, and visit the Exhibition of Profibus products, staffed by applications specialists from major suppliers.

Two of the training sessions will be provided by Andy Verwer, Principal Lecturer at the Automation Systems Centre and Profibus Competence Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University. These will be based on the acclaimed Certified Profibus and Profinet Installers Course, designed for electrical engineers and technicians needing to upgrade their skills to include Profibus fieldbus installation. When presented as a full-day workshop, these teach the design, installation and testing of complete Profibus networks including DP/FMS, PA and optical fibre technology. Covering bus layout and termination, grounding rules and practices, the course also teaches delegates how to avoid common - but potentially expensive - installation problems. The full-day Profinet workshop provides an overview of the operation and applications of Profinet technology and includes hands-on practicals with setting up and checking of real devices. In two 45-minute sessions dealing separately with Profibus and Profinet installation, Andy will provide a summary of the main aspects to consider, and answer any specific queries.

Device configuration and asset management

A further practical session will demonstrate device configuration and asset management over Profibus, as a co-operative presentation between Andy Smith of Endress + Hauser and Mark McCormick of Siemens Process Control, which also illustrates the Profibus communications compatibility between suppliers. Another practical demonstration from Joost van der Nat of Procentec will show Profibus Commissioning and Health Checking.

The Conference will take place at Coombe Abbey near Coventry on 26/27 June - full details are on the web at, while the Reservation Form to book your place can be downloaded from the Profibus UK download page on - see the menu item 'Profibus International User Conference'.

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