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The official email newsletter of the PTO in North America Issue 21, July 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE
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DEBUNKING THE MYTH: on vacation ... but will return in September!
RAISING THE BAR ... YET AGAIN!  
ONE DAY TRAINING EVENTS  
FOR PROFINET DEVELOPERS
PROCESS WEBINARS
GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING IN AUGUST
FREITAG ELECTED IN TOKYO  
PROFINET SETS EVEN MORE STANDARDS
PROFIBLOG ON THE MOVE
PROFIBUS AND PROFINET: THREE CASE STUDIES
WORLD NEWS: JAPAN; SOUTH EAST ASIA; FRANCE; IRELAND; UK; CHINA
NEW PRODUCTS : I/O SYSTEM; I/O MODULE + CPU; PROFIBUS USING ControlLogix; DIAGNOSTIC MONITOR; PROFIBUS PA KIT
 
GENERAL NEWS

RAISING THE BAR ... YET AGAIN!: PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) can bask in yet another success! Current market figures confirm that in April 2008, the number of installed PROFIBUS nodes in manufacturing and process plants broke the 25 million barrier.

PTO Executive Director Mike Bryant said: "The installed base grew by 5 million nodes in 2007, a 25% year-over-year growth rate! Almost certainly we now have more devices in the field than all other rival fieldbus systems combined and PROFIBUS now dominates all sectors of industrial automation.

"The total value of the PROFIBUS market is estimated at 50 billion US dollars, with every indication that this will continue to grow. We fully expect PROFIBUS to exceed 30 million nodes by the beginning of 2009.

"This market success attests to the hard work of all PI staff and member companies," Bryant added. "We remain committed to promoting the growth of the world's most successful fieldbus system, while paving the way for a smooth transition to PROFINET. The availability of both PROFIBUS and PROFINET on the market means that for today's end users - the sky's the limit!"

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ONE DAY TRAINING EVENTS: The PTO and PROFI Interface Center training classes continue to roll out across North America. If you'd like to attend one here is a summary of upcoming events :

UPCOMING VENUES
PROFIBUS Process PROFINET
Atlanta, GA
July 16th
   
 

Chicago, IL
August 21st

Scottsdale AZ
Aug. 4th
Dev Workshop
Aug. 5th

San Antonio, TX
Sept 19th

Long Beach, CA
Sept 25th
Louisville, KY
Sept 30th

Denver, CO
Oct 30th

Philadelphia, PA Tampa, FL
Oct 23rd

Topics cover PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS in the Process Industry and PROFINET. If you are interested in attending, bookmark a link above - or this page - and check back frequently for updates. Attendees receive a certificate for 5.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and PTO raffles a week-long Certified Network Engineer Class (a $2695 value) at each PROFINET event! There's more on the web here.

 

FOR PROFINET DEVELOPERS: Keen to develop PROFINET products? Then why not attend one of our PROFINET Developer Workshops? Each free half-day workshop is timed to take place immediately after our free PROFINET Training events, attendance at which is mandatory for the workshop. More information about PROFINET is presented, with added focus on PROFINET development tools. Nine PROFINET tool providers introduce their products. These are: Altera Corporation, Grid Connect, Inc., Hilscher North America, Inc., HMS Industrial Networks, Inc., IXXAT, Siemens Energy & Automation, Real Time Automation, Softing North America and Molex. Expert help is also on hand for immediate deeper consultations. Each tool has a unique approach and the workshop will help you find the one that best suits your needs.

ADDED BONUS: Free access to a Certified PROFINET Engineers Course is available to all manufacturers of control devices attending the Scottsdale Development Workshop on August 5th. Register today!

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PROCESS WEBINARS: If we're not coming to a city near you with one of our training classes (see above) then our brand new webinar series may be perfect for you. 'PROFIBUS in the Process Industries' is the theme of our first four events. More information here. Previous Industrial Ethernet and PROFINET webinars are archived here.

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PTO GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING IN AUGUST: The 14th annual PTO General Assembly Meeting is coming up August 5 through 7. This member event provides news from the technical working groups, and marketing news too. As usual there will be user stories and organizational reports. New this year is a 'Collaboration Corner' that will provide an update on PTO's collaboration with other organizations in common standardization efforts. Tom Burke of the OPC Foundation will speak on the EDDL Cooperation Team (ECT) and Ron Helson of the HART Communication Foundation will provide updates on the Wireless Cooperation Team (WCT). We'll also hear from the AS-interface USA organization on how that technology complements PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Security will be addressed in both wired and wireless applications by experts in those fields. Although the registration deadline has passed, members interested in attending should call the PTO office right away (480 483 2456) to see if room can be found. Additional information can be found on the website here. Watch this page too for additional announcements of new topics.

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FREITAG ELECTED IN TOKYO: A two-day meeting of Chairman from 11 Regional PI Associations from around the world took place in Tokyo in May at the prestigious le Meridien Pacific hotel next to Shinigawa Station. As well as technology updates and regional reports, intensive discussions about strategy were held, resulting in some interesting new directions for PI to consider. Acting PI Chairman Mike Bryant (right, left) from the PTO in North America introduced Joerg Freitag (right, right) from PNO in Germany, who was voted in as the new Chairman of PI. Interview with Joerg Freitag here.

MORE WORLD NEWS HERE


PTO Executive Director Bryant (left) congratulates Freitag on his election as Chairman of PI.

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PROFINET SETS EVEN MORE STANDARDS: IEEE 1588, which standardizes Precision Time Protocol for Ethernet-based communication, now includes the relevant parts of the PROFINET IO specification, which were passed on March 27, 2008. The PROFINET IO ‘Media Redundancy Protocol’ (MRP) is now included in IEC 62439, which was passed on April 11, 2008.

 

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PROFIBLOG ON THE MOVE: Carl Henning, PTO's Deputy Director continues with his revelations in PROFIblog. Since going to Hannover Fair in April Carl appears to have been on the road continuously - a boon it seems for blogging because writing inspiration often strikes when sitting in an airport or on a plane. Topics touched on recently include OPC (Is it Dead?), network diagnostics, wireless, and of course PROFINET and the many educational classes Carl is involved with. Catch up with PROFIblog here.

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PROFIBUS AND PROFINET IN ACTION

Three case studies caught our eye this time:

1. An Australian paints company wanted to build a new plant at Erskine Park in Sydney. The engineering team took the bold step of reviewing process instrumentation suppliers during their conceptual stage, and decided to future-proof their new plant by implementing PROFIBUS. Full story here.

2. A luxury yacht is being fitted with the most modern energy-saving and efficient systems for controlling just about everything on board - from reefing the sails thru oil tank levels to navigation lights, fire alarms and heating/cooling systems. PROFINET brings the right networking solution, with crucial weight and space savings. Full story here.

3. A Brazilian floating oil dock is being fitted with PROFIBUS for a telecommand system for valves. Three docks are used for loading the tanker ships taking oil and gas to the foreign and domestic markets. There are approximately 60 valves, divided among three PROFIBUS networks. Full story here.

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WORLD NEWS

JAPAN: Tokyo was the venue for a major meeting of Regional PI Associations in May during which Joerg Freitag was elected as the new Chairman. Our picture shows the Japanese Chairman Mr. Motoyoshi and his wife, with PI representatives. FRANCE: FRANCE PROFIBUS held its annual road show in three cities this year: Rennes, Paris and Lyon. PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks for industrial applications were extensively covered and solutions for machines, the factory and multi-site production were demonstrated. IRELAND: PROFIBUS Ireland exhibited at the annual ISA Ireland exhibition in April. A range of products from PROCENTEC and Comsoft was shown, together with two prototype products under development by PROFIBUS Ireland - a PC-based Master Class 2, which provides diagnostics information as OPC tags, and a system that provides raw telegrams to a remote client. UK: Practical examples and demonstrations of PROFIBUS and PROFINET system health monitoring and diagnostics were presented at the annual PROFIBUS and PROFINET User Conference in June. The two-day conference, was accompanied by a set of workshops providing a hands-on practical approach. CHINA: In March PROFIBUS/PROFINET experts from around the world attended the ‘Chinese PROFIBUS and PROFINET Experts Days 2008’ organized by the China Association for Mechatronics Technology & Application (CAMETA) to promote PROFIBUS & PROFINET technology. Separate events took place in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. Almost 500 delegates attended. SOUTH EAST ASIA: Thanks to sponsors Excel Marco Singapore, Gecma / MTL, Siemens Malaysia, TDS Technology Singapore, TURCK Singapore, PROFIBUS SEA attended the Offshore Asia 2008 and the PIA Exhibition in Vietnam and showed the latest technology for process automation with PROFIBUS .

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NEW PRODUCTS

I/O SYSTEM: WAGO Corporation's 750-370 PROFINET I/O Fieldbus Coupler connects the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM as a slave device on a PROFINET I/O network. It features an integrated two-port Ethernet switch that allows users to daisychain up to 15 buscouplers. The ports also permit users to keep an existing network topology or easily create a new line or branch topology without additional networks components. The 750-370 is DIN-rail mountable and utilizes CAGE CLAMP Spring Pressure Connection Technology for fast, easy and reliable connections. The PROFINET Buscoupler can support all 750 and 753 Series I/O modules, accommodate up to 64 modules on one node and integrate with the 300+ digital, analog and specialty modules found in the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM. WAGO or info.us@wago.com.

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I/O MODULE + CPU: Siemens has added CPU functionality to the Simatic ET200S product family. The IM151-8 PN/DP CPU handles control tasks and communications functions via PROFINET. The IM151-8 PN/DP has the performance power of a Simatic S7-300 CPU 314, and users can implement distributed structures via PROFINET. The PROFINET communication interface has three ports for linear bus topologies. Programming functions are on board and can be expanded with a PROFIBUS DP master. The new module supports RT (Real Time) and IRT (Isochronous Real Time) and can control up to 128 IO devices. The module is also available in a fail-safe version. Distributed configurations with both standard and fail-safe modules can be deployed. SIEMENS.

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PROFIBUS USING ControlLogix: Training Company Automation Training has announced a 'PROFIBUS using ControlLogix' Course module. The module covers all aspects of using PROFIBUS with ControlLogix and the Woodhead SST PROFIBUS card. An overview is first provided on the terminology and advantages of PROFIBUS. The hardware side is then reviewed including cabling, connectors and termination. Details about the SST PROFIBUS scanner card and the SST Configuration Tool then give the student the knowledge to configure and use the SST card. Finally, helpful diagnostic troubleshooting tips are given for fixing errors on the network. Lessons are provided for the SST PROFIBUS Scanner, the SST Configuration Tool and Diagnostics based thereon. www.automationtraining.us

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DIAGNOSTIC MONITOR: Softing has announced a new PROFIBUS PA Diagnostic Monitor. The tool makes Softing the only vendor that has a complete set of fieldbus diagnostic tools, says Softing! The BC-230-PB is designed to analyze the operation of a live PROFIBUS PA segment without interfering with its operation. It is powered by the fieldbus so no battery or external power source is required. It provides: automatic segment test with an OK/BAD indication, without operator intervention; short circuit detection between signal wires and/or cable shield; reports via USB to a PC for display as Excel chart and more. SOFTING

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PROFIBUS PA KIT: The Fieldbus Kit 2 (FBK-2) is an off-the-shelf solution for rapidly developing PROFIBUS PA field devices. It's designed to seamlessly integrate with an existing analog/HART slave device to create a complete fieldbus product. The FBK-2 is small enough (40x40 mm) to fit into most existing device housings AND provides a serial Modbus/RTU interface and a HART interface to bridge existing devices into the PA world. Since the hardware is ready-to-use, no additional costs for fieldbus physical-layer testing are incurred. FBK-2 is qualified for ATEX and Zone 1 use (Outputs may enter Ex-Zone 0 areas.) SOFTING

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