The 2009 Profibus User Conference, taking place on 16-17 June at the Stratford Manor conference centre, offers multiple streams to enable new or potential users to choose lectures that offer everything from an explanation of the base technology through to the use of Profibus in 'real world' industrial and process applications. Even established users can learn from the latest developments and capabilities in Profibus, Profinet and Profisafe. Parallel workshop sessions that include full audience participation and hands-on opportunities, together with an exhibition of equipment from relevant suppliers, enable delegates to structure their visit to experience how Profibus and Profinet equipment and techniques are used and can be developed to suit their own needs.
Covering practical applications and experience in factory and process automation, the programme aims to serve the needs of the User community, ie companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain manufacturing facilities and process plant. The goal is to assist companies that are making the transition from conventional to fieldbus systems, and gaining the benefits, making the entire process as easy (and jargon-free) as possible.
For users new to Profibus, the current and projected market situation will be described by John Morse of IMS Research in his paper on the Industrial Networking Market. Andy Verwer then explains the key decisions that face managers and system designers when approaching a Profibus project, and provides an overview of the important strategic decisions that must be made at the early stages of design. The features and benefits of Profisafe are explained by Peter Brown of Siemens, and then the topic of the DTM files needed for field devices will be explained by Dr Rolf Birkhofer of CodeWrights. From Yorkshire Water, Christopher Howard and Adrian Wilkinson will explain the Profibus Applications and Maintenance Strategies adopted within YWS, and how these have evolved.
Opening the conference with a keynote address, Dr Joerg Freitag, the PI Chairman, will explain the current position and forward vision for Profibus and Profinet, and introduce some of the more technical aspects of the conference, suited to users of existing Profibus systems. James Powell of Siemens Milltronics will present a paper entitled 'Reducing total cost of ownership of instruments through the use of the Profibus profile standard and Enhanced EDDL technology,' and Dr Jochen Müller, of Endress+Hauser will discuss the securing of Profibus device integration over the total field device life cycle. Wireless techniques and sensors will be covered by Gareth Johnston of ABB, with a paper entitled 'WirelessHART integration into Profibus,' and by Stephan Reim of Phoenix Contact will discuss 'Wireless solutions for remote maintenance of Profinet and Profibus networks.'
On the Wednesday, several papers will explain interesting on-site applications experience, both in the water industry and in offshore applications. Mark Cargill, of Enpure, will discuss how to extend an existing Profibus network, based on many water industry projects, and Peter Brown of Siemens will give some practical configuration examples for Profisafe systems (see below). The practicalities of testing and commissioning Profibus sites from a water company perspective will be discussed by Graham Lowe, of United Utilities. Based on experience with some major offshore applications in Norway, Kai Atle Myrvang of AD Elektronikk, of the Norwegian Profibus Competence and Training Centre, will explain how these systems used an existing control system network to harvest data for asset management. An Ethernet gateway was used to tap into the existing Profibus-DP network and collect data directly from the I/O devices, using HART over Profibus. This has been used on the Ekofisk 2/4M and Snorre B offshore installations as well as the Ormen Lange and Snohvit onshore installations.
Peter Brown of Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies will present two papers at the conference. The first, 'An Introduction to Profisafe - Features & Benefits,' introduces the Profisafe profile and explains how Profisafe actually works. In addition, the paper covers the features, benefits and (basic) costs in comparison with 'traditional' forms of achieving functional safety.
A second paper from Peter Brown, who has10 years' personal experience of Profisafe, is entitled 'Practical Configuration Examples for Profisafe.' This takes a detailed look at some typical safety applications and possible Profisafe implementations, including circuits, software configuration and the calculations required by safety standards IEC 62061 and/or ISO 13849-1.
Full details of the conference, the lecture programme and the topics to be covered in the hands-on workshops can be found on the conference website at www.profi-bus.co.uk, where there is also a reservation form to book a place at the event. Alternatively, contact Ann on Registration at +44 (0)20 7193 8018 or email email@example.com.