DEBUNKING THE MYTHS
CLASSSES: 2007 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
TRAINING CLASSES CONFIRMED
BECOMES FIRST FIELDBUS TO ATTAIN
HIGHEST CHINESE STANDARD
PLUS TRAINING CENTERS
|IN THE PROFIBLOG
|WORLD NEWS: GERMANY,
|CASE STUDY: SINGAPORE/
|IN BRIEF: COLLABORATION
|NEW PRODUCTS: COLOR
CODED POWER CONNECTORS; USB
PROFIBUS ADAPTER; SINGLE
AXIS DRIVE; PROFIBUS
ETHERNET CAT 5; TOUGH
PA CABLE; PROFINET
CONTROLLER; S7/S5 OPC SERVER; PROFINET
IO EVALUATION KIT; SPUR BLOCKS; CORDSETS
DEBUNKING THE MYTHS
Fresh 'Parrot Marketing'
was not detected over the Christmas break so, for a change,
we take a look at one common misconception about PROFIBUS.
Myth: PROFIBUS does
not have Function Blocks while Foundation Fieldbus does.
Response: Both PROFIBUS
and Foundation Fieldbus are built on a block structure.
Both have physical blocks, transducer blocks and various
function blocks. The standard function blocks for PROFIBUS
are defined in the PROFIBUS Profile specification (PROFIBUS
order number 3.042) and are the following; digital input,
digital output, analog input, analog output. One major
difference between Foundation Fieldbus and PROFIBUS is
where they draw the line between the field device and
the control systems. PROFIBUS typically draws the line
at the input/output block; Foundation Fieldbus draws the
line closer to the control system to include control blocks.
An excellent White Paper by James Powell on the topic
has been published by PTO here.
issues PROFINET 'debunks'.
And don't forget our
excellent 40 page booklet called
Polly, Sweet Sue and the White Knight', which takes
a 'left field' look at the myths and facts of Industrial
Ethernet, with special reference to PROFINET.
a pdf here or request
a hard copy here.
CLASSSES: 2007 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: For the fifth consecutive
year the PTO and PROFI Interface Center (PIC) will be holding
one-day training classes throughout North America. There are
26 cities in the initial schedule, but more are usually added
during the year. These are educational events with three curricula
centering on PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS in the process industry, and
PROFINET. Dates and venues are selected at least 30 days prior.
Tentative Schedule is here
- Why should I use a fieldbus/Industrial
- Can someone compare the available
solutions for me?
- How should I choose one over
- Technical Details of PROFIBUS,
PROFIBUS in process, or PROFINET
- How to provide safety functions
over a network and the unique advantages of PROFIsafe
- Tell me about someone who has
used a fieldbus successfully.
- Where can I get more technical
The day includes Live Demonstrations
and real world Case Studies. It also covers 'first level'
technical information such as standards; protocols; wiring;
troubleshooting; diagnostics; safety.
Breakfast and lunch are provided;
door prizes are awarded and there's a hosted reception
at the end of the day. Vendor displays enable you to check
real-world products from both small and large companies.
Each attendee receives the presentations
in hard copy and a CD containing the presentations, documentation,
brochures, newsletters, and more. They also get a free
Padfolio and pen.
For updates please visit this
page or monitor this
TRAINING CLASSES CONFIRMED:
Want to enhance your company's strengths
in PROFIBUS and/or PROFINET? Boost your career potential too?
Then why not attend one of our five-day certified training
courses and earn yourself 'PROFItech' status?
PROFIBUS Certified Network Engineer
Class: In this hands-on training you will dive into the
installation, operation and maintenance of PROFIBUS products
and networks. Attendees passing the test receive an official
PROFIBUS Certified Network Engineer Certificate.
PROFINET Certified Network Engineer
Class: In this hands-on training you will dive into the
installation, operation and maintenance of PROFINET products
and networks. Attendees passing the test receive an official
PROFINET Certified Network Engineer Certificate.
All courses are conducted in Johnson
City, TN. 2007
PTO Executive Director Mike Bryant is one of the 'stars' of
a new full-screen movie produced by Siemens Energy & Automation
titled "SAFETY: Uncover the Competitive Advantage". The movie,
which premiered in Chicago early December, includes PROFIBUS,
PROFINET and PROFIsafe and will be shown in 45 North American
cities beginning in January 2007. Featuring a who's-who cast
of safety experts and leading-edge companies it provides the
opportunity to learn strategies to meet changing industry
safety standards, control operating costs through risk mitigation
and improve productivity by making safety a forethought in
the design process rather than an afterthought. The case study
of one of the participating companies was highlighted in a
recent edition of the PROFI Interface Center 'Connection'
newsletter and is also available here.
Mike Bryant said that the real star of the movie was watching
'Safety in action' in so many different applications. "This
film puts goose bumps on your arm," he said. "Safety
has now found its ultimate place in the automation market
place and is no longer viewed with doubt and suspicion. I
think this film will open the eyes of any controls engineer
to the many possibilities that PROFIsafe allows." What
should people do next after seeing the film? "Call me!"
was the simple reply. Mike's number is 480-483-2456 or you
can email him
Safety: the Movie is coming to a cinema
near you soon. More
details here including how to get free tickets.
BECOMES FIRST FIELDBUS TO ATTAIN HIGHEST CHINESE STANDARD:
PROFIBUS has become the first fieldbus to achieve China's highest
national standard level. 1-2006 - GB/T 20540.6-2006 was presented
to PI and the Chinese PROFIBUS Organization at a ceremony in
November attended by Mr. Su Zhongmin, (pictured right), Assistant
Administrator of SAC (Standardization Administration of China).
A special banner was handed over, symbolizing the close relationship
between PROFIBUS and the Chinese Standardization authorities
(see below right, being shown by PI Chairman Edgar Kuester at
a press conference at the November SPS/IPC/Drives fair in Nuremberg).
National regulations and standards play an important role in
the Chinese market. Different sectors have different standards;
for example, 'JB' for the machine-building industry. The GB/T
standard applies industry-wide. A GB/Z, which offers non-binding,
temporary status similar to the IEC TR (Technical Report), is
available for new technologies, and has to meet the conditions
converted into a binding GB/T national standard within 3 years
or become automatically invalid. PROFINET has achieved GB/Z
status (GB/Z 20541.1/2 -2006). PROFIBUS and PROFINET are the
leading communication systems in the Chinese automation market.
A PI Competence Center and Test Laboratory have been running
since 2002. A second PI Competence Center has now been set up
in Beijing, a test laboratory for fieldbus technologies authorized
by the state.
- In rowing,
power and synchronicity are the keys to success. The same
is true of today's drives solutions, where isochronous communication
between distributed drives and the processes running on
them is a fundamental requirement. The PROFIdrive drive
profile is making a significant contribution to meeting
this requirement, as explained in this
innovative power and cooperation of over 1,400
member companies has made PROFIBUS the most successful fieldbus
worldwide. PROFINET users can benefit from this advantage
because existing PROFIBUS technologies can be easily and
quickly integrated into PROFINET. If you're wondering whether
to use Industrial Ethernet read this brochure first. It'll
tell you about the many other advantages of PROFINET too.
Download it here.
PRODUCTS - around 150 products and
services are now available for PROFINET. It's the biggest
list yet and it's growing fast! Download the brochure here
to get the most up to date picture of PROFINET yet.
PLUS TRAINING CENTERS: The PROFI Interface Center (PIC)
in North America became one of the first worldwide PI Training
Centers (PITC) to be accredited during an inaugural meeting
at the recent SPS/IPC/DRIVES exhibition. PITCs are committed
to a consistent global quality and training standard. A Quality
of Services Agreement defines the criteria for PITCs, including
certification of instructors, the training contents and equipment
required, audits and accreditation of the training institution,
etc. PITCs offer 'Certified Installer' or 'Certified Engineer'
training courses, where participants can achieve a recognized
professional qualification in industrial networking. PIC Manager
Karsten Schneider says the new PITC structure will ensure
that all certified training, wherever it's done in the world,
will now meet the same levels of quality and consistency.
"This gives more flexibility," he says, "because
previously certified training could only be undertaken by
a PI Competence Center (PICC). Now, working in conjunction
with a PICC such as the PIC, training organizations can achieve
official PITC status and offer certified training to the market.
End users can be sure that it meets the correct standard and
this means we should see more third parties filling what is
at present a big gap in the market."
BOARD MEMBER: Thad Frost has been named as the newest
member of the PTO Board of Directors. Thad is the Principal
Product Marketing Specialist of the Foxboro business unit
of Invensys. He replaces Tim Black from Invensys Wonderware.
“We are happy to have Mr. Frost join us on the board,” said
Michael Bryant, Executive Director of the PTO. “He brings
a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and we
are excited that he will be representing all of Invensys on
the Board.” Thad has worked in the process control industry
with Invensys for over 14 years and is currently responsible
for planning, communicating and executing the I/A Series Distributed
Control system product roadmap — a control system that integrates
third party data from PROFIBUS devices. Thad’s experience
at Foxboro/Invensys has included application engineering,
test engineering and release management. He also serves as
Chairman of the Foxboro Product Planning Team. “This is an
exciting opportunity to learn about the advances in PROFIBUS
technology, network with customers and other vendors, and
have fun,” Frost said.
THE PROFIBLOG: Carl Henning's
blog continues to grow in popularity across the automation
business. His cool comments, perspicacious perspectives and
incisive insights into automation are all handled with a light
touch that makes them easy to read as well as being informative
and entertaining. The blog records Carl's busy life at PTO
- airports, seminars, fairs and all - but with plenty of meat
added including personal comment and opinion (e.g. this
from Nuremberg) about all automation issues ... and not
necessarily only those to do with PROFIBUS and PROFINET! Be
entertained, educated and informed: visit Carl's blog here,
and remember to insert the web feed into your browser so you
can be updated automatically too.
The SPS/IPC/Drives Fair was a major
success. A booth shared with the Interbus Club and
featuring a forum theater and a common lounge, saw PROFIBUS
and PROFINET technology given massive coverage. Attracting
over 43,000 visitors, this fair is now one of the premier
automation events in Europe, perhaps even the world. A press
conference on Day 2 saw three announcements from PI: PROFIBUS
has become the first fieldbus to achieve Chinese national
GB/T status (see above); the Tool Calling
Interface (TCI) specification has been completed after less
than a year's work; the 'PROFINET and MES Maintenance Operations'
guideline has been released. The latter provides consistent
communication with PROFINET from the field level up to top
management, making it easier to switch from preventative maintenance
to condition monitoring in systems and machines. NAMUR NE107
recommendations are followed. The PI booth also featured an
8m PROFINET wall (shown above), packed with dozens of products.
This attracted much attention and confirms that PROFINET is
not only here to stay but that its scope and performance are
way ahead of any other Industrial Ethernet solution.
DID YOU KNOW
... that more than 15,000,000 PROFIBUS devices are
now in use around the world? And, that over 10% of them are
Norway has established its first PI Competence Center
at AD Elektronik AS. Contact: +47 6497 6060 or email@example.com.
The 'PROFIBUS Center Korea' was accredited at the end
of 2004 and regular training course have been held, with an
average of 6-8 engineers attending. Courses will be continued
in 2007 with a strengthened curriculum and it is expected
that the Center can become a certified training center for
the Asia region. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +82-2-523-5143
or www.profibus.co.kr. PROFIBUS UK has issued a
Call for Papers for its annual PROFIBUS User Conference at
Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire on 26th and 27th June 2007. The
conference will concentrate on the issues of implementation,
maintenance and management of PROFIBUS and PROFINET systems.
More from www.profi-bus.co.uk. A PROFIBUS Road Show
called 'Getting The Message Through' is now being held in
Singapore. The Road Show underlines clearly the benefits
of the leading fieldbus standard PROFIBUS and started with
the ICA2006 Fair in Kuala Lumpur. It next travels to Indonesia,
Vietnam and the Philippines, returning to OSEA
in Singapore and then continuing in 2006 in Singapore,
Malaysia and Thailand. The focus is on installation
and diagnostic guidelines, integrated safety solutions with
PROFIBUS, and Asset Management.
WATER: The Changi Water Reclamation Plant is the cornerstone
of the new Deep Water Sewerage System. Schneider Electric
was chosen as the Main Plant PLC provider and is using 160
ProSoft Technology PROFIBUS DP-V1 modules to help run and
monitor end devices. ProSoft Technologies is a PTO member
with its corporate headquarters in Bakersfield, CA.
With the global support available from PI
member companies PROFIBUS integration into the Plant Overall
System Architecture provides a wide choice of high speed communication
via PROFIBUS DP, plus 'power over the bus' with PROFIBUS PA,
so very large networks covering all aspects of automation
are possible. The island-wide project needed low maintenance
costs, remote diagnostics and it had to be integrated in with
an asset management system, with fast, reliable real-time
communication, and easy integration into PLCs from Siemens,
Schneider Electric, Allen Bradley, and PC-based solutions.
The key to ProSoft Technology's involvement
was intelligent field device management using FDT/DTM, PROFIBUS
DP-V1, Hot Standby and the ability to work with Schneider
Electric's UNITY and Concept processors. ProSoft Technology
has supported the PROFIBUS protocol in the Quantum line. "Schneider
Electric is very strong in the process industry but not so
much so in their experience with PROFIBUS and FDT/DTM technology
integration," said Wally Gastreich, Lead Engineer for ProSoft
Technology. "We were able to help them expedite time-to-market
and get the customer acceptance and final buy-in."
Singapore's Deep Tunnel Sewerage System
brings waste water to the Changi Water Reclamation Plant for
further clarification & bio-treatment, then sends it to the
new water plant to produce clean water that is healthy and
safe for direct consumption.
The sludge goes through a drying process
and is transformed into biologically-stable products that
can be used as fertilizers. The Water Reclamation Plant is
equipped with 160 ProSoft PROFIBUS DP-V1 Master modules. The
water treatment project has a long list of field devices in
a wide-ranging PROFIBUS network that includes many different
types of measuring instruments, including Magnetic Flow Meters,
Thermal Mass Flow Meters, Pressure and Differential Pressure
Level Transmitters, Radar/Ultrasonic Transmitters, Dissolved
Oxygen Analyzers, Temperature Transmitters and Electric Actuators.
The PROFIBUS DP slave devices are mainly
from vendors such as Siemens, Yokogawa, Vega, ABB, and Schneider
Electric. Using Intelligent Field Device Management (FDT/DTM),
ProSoft Technology has helped Schneider Electric to integrate
PROFIBUS networks into its PLCs. The PTQ-PDPMV1 is a newly
developed ProSoft Technology module that functions as a PROFIBUS
DP-V1 Master. Developed on Quantum backplane transfer technology
the module sends information back and forth through the Quantum
processor and collects all the necessary information on the
configured PROFIBUS DP network. Built using the Siemens ASIC
ASPC2 Step E with an Infineon C165 Microprocessor, the module's
firmware is flash-upgradeable and allows for slave messaging,
extended diagnostics and alarm handling, and notification.
More from ProSoft.
| IN BRIEF
Automation Training, an independent company, has joined forces
with Axiom Technologies, a Siemens Distributor in the London,
Windsor Ontario areas, to provide local customers with a 2-day
PROFIBUS DP custom training session. This is the first class
on the PROFIBUS DP network using Siemens Step 7 architecture
that Automation Training's professional PTO certified instructor
have delivered. Based on student evaluations, this training
course was delivered to the same high standards that delegates
have become accustomed to receiving in the past from Automation
Training. For additional information contact George
CODED POWER CONNECTORS : rde Connectors & Cables now
offers a new generation of M23 and M40 circular power connectors.
These easy to assemble connectors set a new standard in reliability
and performance for industrial automation control. In addition,
there are color coding versions - red, green, yellow, blue,
and black versions are available - which aid in reducing connection
errors in applications requiring multiple configurations on
control centers, hubs, and boxes. Check out www.rde-usa.com
or contact 1-800-511-7184 for more information.
PROFIBUS ADAPTER: The Direct-Link adapter from Woodhead
provides the tools required to quickly and easily connect
between a laptop, desktop and Operator Panel PCs. It's ready
to plug in (no hardware setting needed) and it supports speeds
from 9.6 Kbps up to 12 Mbps via USB 2.0. It has a robust aluminum
housing ideal for tough industrial uses and it is self-powered
via the USB bus. Delivered ready to use for Windows 32bit
environments the "All-in-One" software package includes protocols,
a graphical console for configuration, diagnostic tools and
a set of data servers - OPC Data Access, Wonderware DAServer
(SuiteLink, FastDDE), an ActiveX control - and development
libraries for various environments. www.woodhead.com.
AXIS DRIVE: The new Sinamics S120 AC Drive features
PROFIBUS and PROFINET communication interfaces for high-performance
single-axis applications. Power and intelligence are kept
separate to increase flexibility and scalability. Multiple
choices allow users to select the right controller for their
current needs and protect their drive investments if the application
ever changes. Furthermore, flexibility opens up new possibilities
for innovative modular machine designs. The drive is designed
to handle positioning tasks such as in automatic assembly
machines and material handling systems. "This single-axis
AC drive complements our existing SINAMICS S120 multi-axis
drives. Now one integrated drive family can be used for all
applied drive applications utilizing induction, servo, linear
or torque motors," commented Craig Nelson, Product Manager,
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. Onboard Safety Integrated
technology protects operators and machinery. www.sinamics.com
CABLES: Belden has announced the addition of two new
DataBus cables to its IndustrialTuff PROFIBUS product line.
Belden DataBus PROFIBUS DP and PA shielded twisted pair cables
are designed to deliver high performance and reliability in
PROFIBUS factory automation and process automation applications.
The expanded line of DataBus cables now includes a PROFIBUS
DP 150-ohm twinax cable that matches the impedance of the
factory automation system for optimized signal transmission,
with 22 AWG solid bare copper conductor and a Beldfoil shield
plus copper braid. There's also a PROFIBUS DP 22 AWG stranded
cable for additional flexibility during installation and use.
This has a Beldfoil shield plus a 65 percent tinned copper
braid. There's a PROFIBUS DP continuously corrugated aluminum
armored cable for extremely harsh industrial environments
and, finally, there's a PROFIBUS PA 18 AWG stranded twisted
pair cable manufactured to the ISA/SP-50 Type A fieldbus specifications.
This is foil shielded and has an intrinsically safe blue PVC
jacket. Belden: 1.800.BELDEN.1 or www.belden.com
ETHERNET CAT 5: LAPP
GROUP have introduced a PROFINET cable for Process Automation
in the harsh environment off the Off-Shore industry. ETHERLINE
Marine FRNC FC UL/CSA(CMG/PLTC) Cat. 5 2x2x22AWG/7 is approved
for Marine and Offshore Applications by Germanischer Lloyd,
Lloyds Register of Shipping, ABS Europe Ltd, Bureau Veritas
and Det Norske Veritas (DNV). www.lappusa.com
TOUGH PA CABLE:
DataCELL FIELD PROFIBUS PA Cables are specifically designed
for tough plant environments. They are Instrument Tray Cable
(ITC)/Power Limited Tray Cable (PTLC) exposed run-rated, CSA
listed FT-4 and CSA recognized CMX-Outdoor-CMG, they eliminate
conduit when installed in accordance with NEC amendments allowing
for exposed installation of ITC/PLTC (ER) cable, and are approved
for use in Class 1 and 2, Div 2 hazardous areas. They are
also available in arctic versions. They are fully compliant
with PROFIBUS PA and ISA/SP50 specifications for "Type A"
in 18AWG, with foil only or foil plus braid shielding and
constructed with an oil-, sunlight-, ozone- and water-resistant
PVC jacket offered in standard or custom colors. Northwire:
1-800-468-1516 or www.northwire.com/pa.
CONTROLLER: WAGO Corporation has announced a new PROFINET-enabled
programmable controller. Designated the 750-840 series, it's
operates as a stand-alone PLC or an intelligent slave in a
distributed/decentralized control network. “Distributed control
continues to be a growing trend in the world of automation,”
said Mark DeCramer, Product Manager for the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM.
“By distributing control functions closer to the application
or process, and away from the marshaling cabinet it is possible
to simplify troubleshooting, increase system response time,
divide complex applications into multiple tasks, reduce fieldbus
transmission, simplify machine dismantle/install, and reduce
wiring costs.” The control application is created using WAGO’s
IEC 61131-3 programming tool, WAGO-I/O-PRO CAA, which supports
all 5 programming languages and offers built-in visualization.
It's DIN rail mounted and capable of being fitted in the smallest
of spaces. Compatibility with all 750 and 753 Series I/O modules
offers access to over 200 digital, analog, and special function
I/O modules. WAGO: 1-800-DIN-RAIL or email@example.com or visit
OPC SERVER: Softing's new S7/S5 OPC Server offers fast
and convenient access to process data for the S7/S5 PLC-family,
WinAC controllers, for C7 and M7 units as well and for Pilz,
Saia-Burgess or VIPA controllers. The process data is addressed
using STEP7/STEP5 syntax regardless of the type of controller.
Access the controller(s) over Ethernet, PROFIBUS, USB, or
a serial link with or without a modem. For data access over
Ethernet a user can opt for gateways and the NETLink-PRO-ETH
as well as for CPs (e.g. Siemens CP243-1 for S7-200, CP343-1
for S7-300, CP443-1 for S7-400) from other manufacturers.
The intelligent assembly of read and write requests optimizes
the data throughput so efficiently that Softing's S7/S5 OPC
Server won the Best-in-Class award in a practice related performance
comparison of seven S7 OPC servers from renowned manufacturers.
Softing North America, 978 499 9650 or Ken.Hoover@softing.com
IO EVALUATION KIT: Softing's PROFINET IO Evaluation
Kit contains all the components necessary for getting started
with PROFINET, including an evaluation board, development
tools, a sample application, PLC demo projects and a 'getting
started' manual. The Kit comes with Softing's PROFINET IO
device stack and a sample application running under Linux
on the evaluation board. A PROFINET IO test network can be
set up by using the sample GSD file with the included STEP
7 and PC WorX projects. In addition, all necessary development
tools for the hyNet processor are part of the offer. This
enables a user to modify the sample program and to thoroughly
evaluate both the hardware (hyNet processor) and the software
(development environment, PROFINET IO stack). Softing can
also help with device development. Softing North America,
978 499 9650 or Ken.Hoover@softing.com
TURCK has a versatile, low-cost way to distribute field devices
for PROFIBUS PA. The JRBS line of spur blocks provides the
convenience of DIN-rail mounting in an IP 20 design. Several
versions offer features that enhance usability and simplify
wiring in a variety of industrial applications. All JRBS products
contain a selector switch for segment termination, and allow
the segment to be continued for distribution of instruments
in other locations with no additional accessories required.
Some JRBS versions also offer short circuit protection with
an adjustable limit for each spur, allowing the user to choose
values between 30 mA to 60 mA via a rotary switch. These features
combine to provide an extremely cost-effective field device
distribution product. An aluminum housing provides a temperature
rating of -13 to +158°F. The products are available in 4,
6 or 8-port configurations, and contain LED indication of
spur status and segment power. www.turck-usa.com
introduces new retractile cordsets for PROFIBUS DP networks.
The retractile cordsets are the first in the market designed
for PROFIBUS DP networks, and may be extended up to 4 times
their original retracted length. This length feature makes
the cordsets ideal for motion and robotics in automotive applications.
TURCK retractile cables are constructed with tough Polyurethane
jackets, with either straight or right angle connectors, and
can extend up to 1, 2 or 5 meters in length. Nickel-plated
brass and stainless steel coupling nuts further ensures a
durable connection. The cable also meets the requirements
of EN-50170-2-2 for communication up to 12 Mbaud. www.turck-usa.com
the home of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in North America