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The 18th annual meeting for members is in AZ, September
New Board Member sees substantial growth potential for PROFINET
With 5 million nodes added in 2011, PROFIBUS remains the key fieldbus player
Final class dates confirmed for 2012; are you attending?
Spain came late to the Regional PI Association network; now it's catching up!
Boost your career: become a Certified Network Engineer
North American automation supplier holds 60+ event series
A quick look at the social ways to access PROFINET
from China, South East Asia, Middle East, Australia, Brazil
Control Platform; Redundant Controller; Network Tool; High Power Segment Driver; PROFIBUS Water Sampler; Gigabit Switch; Chip Costs Less

YOUR INVITATION TO THE 2012 GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING (GAM): The 18th (yes, the 18th!) Annual PI North America General Assembly Meeting for PI North America members is to be held September 25 - 27 at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains. It's aim is to educate and inform about PROFIBUS and PROFINET technology and marketing. Get new ideas for your campaigns! Take part in our 2013 Road Shows! Make your budgets go further by leveraging our plans! "2012's event is shaping up to be a real sensation," says co-organizer Carl Henning. "As usual, there'll be a Tuesday evening reception to precede two days of detailed presentations from PROFIBUS and PROFINET experts, including end users who will explain how they are using PROFINET to gain competitive advantage. And we'll find time to network and have fun!" Details and registration. Not a member? Sign up here.

PHOENIX CONTACT JOINS BOARD: PI North America has announced the appointment of Michael Rothwell, Director of Controls and Industry Solutions (CIS) for Phoenix Contact, to its Board of Directors. Rothwell plans to attend his first Board meeting on September 25, 2012, preceding the PI North America annual General Assembly Meeting (see above). As Director of the CIS Americas Business Unit group he is responsible for development and manufacturing at locations in Harrisburg, PA, and Ann Arbor, MI. He commented: “Phoenix Contact has standardized on PROFINET. We see substantial growth potential in the technology and want to be an integral part of its success in North America.” Phoenix Contact also markets the TPS-1 “Tiger” chip for implementing low cost PROFINET devices.

FROM TECHNOLOGY TO WORLD CLASS BRAND: In a recent issue of PI's global newsletter PROFINEWS, PROFIBUS PA Marketing Group leader Steffen Ochsenreither (left) wrote of the continuing success of PROFIBUS. Said Steffen: "PROFINET experienced record growth in 2011 and is set to do even better in 2012. So, are things going quiet for traditional fieldbuses?" "NO!" says Steffen. Last year, 5 million new PROFIBUS devices were installed, bringing the total to over 40 million! PROFIBUS continues to evolve technically too. And, by the way, if you decide to use PROFINET, you can keep all the benefits of PROFIBUS by simply integrating it into your PROFINET architecture!  "PROFIBUS plus PROFINET = a perfect solution," he concluded. DON'T OVERLOOK PROFIBUS!

TRAINING CLASS SCHEDULES UPDATED: Our FREE One Day Training Class program is attracting ever growing interest. If you want to learn about PROFIBUS and/or PROFINET then you can't beat these events. Our staff crisscrosses North America evangelizing both technologies and the likelihood is they'll be visiting a venue near you sooner or later. But, book early, as seats get filled quickly. We currently include a section on transitioning from PROFIBUS to PROFINET, to meet the needs of engineers who want to upgrade but wonder about existing PROFIBUS equipment. With PROFINET the answer is easy: integrate it! The remainder of the 2012 program is confirmed as follows.

July Kansas City, MO Jul 24 Indianapolis, IN Jul 12
Aug Dayton, OH Aug 28 Portland, OR Aug 7
Secaucus, NJ Aug 21
Sept Seattle, WA Sept 20 Chattanooga, TN Sept 11
Oct Memphis, TN Oct 9 Minneapolis, MN Oct 25
Nov   Los Angeles, CA Nov 13th
Dec   Baltimore, MD Dec 6th
  Watch this page for updates.

A GREAT MILESTONE: "'Spain is different,' Spaniards used to say ... ironically, in English!" writes Xavier Cardeña in the current issue of PI's global newsletter  PROFINEWS. Xavier is Secretary of the Spanish Regional PI Association (RPA), and was explaining why, in his opinion, Spain only recently established its own RPA and PICC (PI Competence Center). He went on: "Encouraged by our achievements and seeing a real opportunity to help we hosted the 15th PICC Meeting in Barcelona in June in conjunction with the annual PI Training Center (PITC) meeting, Hosting 60 of the best PROFIBUS and PROFINET engineers in the world filled us with pride and helped Spanish users realize what great support PI can offer." The event proved to be "a great milestone". Max Felser, who chaired the meeting said: "Networking is the primary goal of these meetings as the most important thing is not to know everything, but to know where to find an answer." The PI Training Center delegates heard that 26 accredited Training Centers are now active worldwide. PROFINEWS 94.

CERTRIFIED TRAININGCERTIFIED NETWORK TRAINING PROGRAM: Boost your career prospects! Get a detailed grounding in PROFIBUS and PROFINET by joining one of our certified training programs. Become an accredited "Certified Engineer" and have your name listed on the PI web site.

The confirmed class list is:

Aug Johnson City, TN
August 13-17
Johnson City,TN
August 20-22
Detroit, MI
August 13-17
Sept     Johnson City, TN
September 17-21
Nov Johnson, City, TN
November 5-9
Dec     Johnson City, TN
December 3-7

On-site classes can be arranged. Contact the PI North America office, or email:

GE TOURS PROFINET SYSTEM: GE Intelligent Platforms has announced a series of events to introduce their latest PROFINET-enabled automation platforms. Called "Innovative Showcase: The Future of the Industrial Revolution Begins Here." The series includes more than 60 venues in North America, Europe and China and is designed to unveil the company's "revolutionary" new PROFINET-enabled PACSystems Controller and I/O solutions. For more information and an agenda, and to sign up, visit INNOVATIVE SHOWCASE.

I AM PROFINET: If you've not seen this short film then take a look soon. It's a great little confidence-builder if you're starting down the road towards Industrial Ethernet. VIEW THE VID.

PROFIblog: Carl Henning blogs about all things PROFINET ... and many other automation topics here. Don't miss his erudite offerings! High Speed PROFINET is one recent post.

MinutePROFINET: Continuing the theme of 'performance', our fourth film in the MinutePROFINET series has just been posted on YouTube. It'll only take a minute ... so why not take a look?

LinkedIn: The PROFINET Group is growing. ARE YOU CONNECTED?

China: A partnership with the Society of Automotive Engineers of China has been set up to present PROFIBUS and PROFINET as leading protocols for the plant floor in the automotive industries. More than 30 EU customers have visited PI China to see PROFIBUS DP/PA and PROFINET multi-vendor demonstration systems. CHINA .

South East Asia: Dennis van Booma from PROCENTEC in the Netherlands has conducted another Certified PROFIBUS Engineer training session in Singapore, this time for ten Engineers from a variety of industries. SOUTH EAST ASIA .

Middle East: PI Middle East held a Technical Seminar covering applications for Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemicals industries in Dubai in June. MIDDLE EAST.

Australia: PROFIBUS Australia experienced record growth in 2011, with 35% increase in membership among end-users and vendors. Enrolments in Certified PROFIBUS training programs rose dramatically. Chairman Rafael Koenig said: 'As mining companies ramp up production to meet the demand from Asia, they realize that Certified Training is the fastest way to improve the efficiency of their plants.". Rafael has produced a useful White Paper on PROFIBUS. PROFIBUS Australia has published two videos about PROFIBUS: "Improve the Efficiency of your PROFIBUS Process" and "PROFIBUS: Refine the Process." AUSTRALIA.

Brazil: In May, the Regional PI Association (RPA) Brazil organized another of its "Technology Seminar and PROFIBUS Cases" events, attracting approximately 100 professionals. It has also created a "higher council", whose job it is to analyze and guide the RPA. Paulo Camargo and Cesar Cassiolato have been honored for their important service. BRAZIL.

GE OTURS PROFINETCONTROL PLATFORM: PACSystems® RXi utilizes cloud-based support and controllers have redundant PROFINET so users can choose best of breed I/O and other devices. GE INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS.

REDUNDANT PROFINET: PROFINET redundancy is easy with this controller. Two are connected via fiber (large distances possible) and one is programmed. The second is automatically configured as the backup. PHOENIX CONTACT.

PROFIBUS WITH ADDED SALT: The COMbricks SALT (Scope Alternative) repeater is for EMC-sensitive PROFIBUS segments. By adjusting impedances, signal amplitudes can be increased to enhance noise margins.  PROCENTEC.

PROFIBUS WITH ADDED DART: FieldConnex DART delivers safe high power segment design for Zone 1 and powers many devices over long distances. The segment is protected so "hot" working is possible. PEPPERL+FUCHS.

WATER SAMPLER CERTIFIED TO PROFIBUS 3.02: Liquistation has been certified to PROFIBUS Profile 3.02. It's available for peristaltic or vacuum pumps, or for inline armature use and is part of Memosens Liquiline.  ENDRESS+HAUSER.

GIGABIT SWITCH:  As networks get more complex, segmenting makes sense. This configurable switch supports Layer 3 functions and allows port-related and static routing plus Virtual Route Residency Protocol.  PHOENIX CONTACT.

CHIP COSTS LESS: The ERTEC 200 chip for PROFINET is now available in package sizes of 70, 350 and 3,500 pieces, cutting parts costs. It has a 2-port switch for lines and can optionally run IRT. PROFI INTERFACE CENTER.

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