Following its 2008 conference in June at a new venue, the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Profibus Group has issued a Call for Papers for the 2009 conference, also to be held at the Stratford Manor hotel on 16 and 17 June 2009.
Commenting on the call, Profibus UK Chairman Bob Squirrell says: "The excellent feedback that was obtained from the last conference clearly indicated that we should continue to focus on the user community. Consequently, the 2009 conference will concentrate on the real issues of implementation, maintenance and management of Profibus and Profinet systems."
The conference is designed for end users including installation and maintenance personnel, system designers and decision makers, whether they are engineers, managers or anyone else concerned with the real issues of implementing fieldbus and/or industrial Ethernet technologies. The conference programme will contain a mixture of presentations, demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions that are suitable for a wide variety of backgrounds, from first-time users to those with extensive experience with working systems.
In addition, the conference will cover recent developments in Profibus and Profinet technology for factory and process automation including safety, motion control, wireless implementations and integration with the Internet and MES. The event will be supported by an exhibition of new products and technology demonstrations from the UK Profibus Competence Centre.
Squirrell explains: "We need speakers who are willing to make a short (30-40 minute) presentation on applications and other user aspects of Profibus and Profinet. Topics can include system design, commissioning and maintenance and can cover any application area or industry sector. Interactive presentations featuring live demonstrations and hands-on activities are particularly welcome. We are also seeking proposals for papers covering the latest developments in Profibus and Profinet technology, as well as case studies illustrating their use in real-world applications."
Feedback forms completed by the delegates indicated that the 2008 audience was specifically interested in more coverage of topics such as:
Proposals for presentations or workshops that meet these criteria should be sent to the Papers Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive no later than 30 November 2008 and addressing the following points:
Submissions should also indicate in which main theme(s) the presentation best fits: process - including hazardous environment, factory automation, Profinet or Profibus.
Presenters will be given free admission and refreshments on the day of their presentation(s).
Additional information can be found on the conference website at www.profi-bus.co.uk.