CONFERENCE ADDRESSES "THE INTERNET OF THINGS"
Report from the
PI Conference held on March 6/7
| TRAINERS ON THE ROAD
News from the PI training circuit and
dates for your calendar
| PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO "GET CERTIFIED"
Boost your career with one of these
COMMUNICATIONS LOUNGE AT HANNOVER FAIR
A common booth at Europe's leading industrial trade show
joins PI Support Center in Karlsruhe
from the front; web site makes PROFINET/PROFIBUS easy
News from the
Middle East, Italy and Belgium
ages for a new chip solution ... then three come along
CONFERENCE ADDRESSES "THE INTERNET OF THINGS":
The biennial PI Conference was held March 6/7 in "The
Old Kettle House", part of a former steelworks in Dusseldorf,
Germany. The Kettle House once produced steam to generate power
for the plant. Today everything is quiet and parts of the
plant have been converted into conference facilities. In a break
with tradition, the "keynote" was delivered
by German stand-up Bernhard Hoëcker (left) who engaged brilliantly
with his audience, entertaining while conveying
key PI technical messages in humorous ways! He even introduced
new meanings to profiles such as PROFIsafe, about
which we should say no more here!
favorite part of the Conference is always the Podium Discussion. This year's asked what role
Industrial Communications has to play in the "Internet
of Things," provoking a wide-ranging conversation about "Industry
which Moderator Reinhard Hüppe
of ZVEI said is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary aspect
of automation today. WHAT'S
twin themes of Diagnostics and Integration were covered extensively
in two parallel streams. PROFIBUS and PROFINET
diagnostics were popular choices, leading as they do to greater
reliability, reduced downtime and better ROI. There were end user
presentations too. Notable was one by ABB’s Trygve Harvei
who explained his choice of PROFINET for current oil/gas projects
in the North Sea. Later, Thomas Debes described
how his company - manroland - is using PROFINET IRT to build
presses that achieve 99.75% uptime while printing 90,000
newspaper copies per hour! FULLER
COUNTS WITH CHIPS: At a Press Conference
held during the Conference PI Chairman Karsten Schneider presented
the latest node counts for PROFIBUS, PROFINET and PROFIsafe, while
Intel's Nathan Mather (left) introduced a new Ethernet controller
optimized in partnership with KW Software for the easy deployment of PROFINET RT and IRT.
TRAINERS ON THE ROAD: With
several classes already under his belt, training
guru Carl Henning has been blogging about the early successes of
his travels promoting PROFINET. READ
CARL'S BLOG HERE. Carl describes the 2013 PROFINET program
as "new, revised, re-ordered, and more detailed."
Carl and PROFIBUS trainer Michael Bowne, together with Ron Mitchell and Torsten Paulsen, will be visiting locations near
you throughout 2013. Check out the venues HERE and
They'd love to see you at one of them.
Laurel, NJ Apr 3rd
CO Apr 16th
Burlington, ON Apr 30th
PA May 9th
IL May 23rd
VA Jun 13th
TX Aug 15th
Cordova, CA Aug 29th
NC Sept 12
York, NY Oct 24th
MI Oct 15th
Rouge, LA Nov 19th
KY Nov 5th
page for 2013 updates.
Classes count towards Professional Development Hours.
PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO "GET CERTIFIED": Why not boost
your career by becoming Certified as a PROFINET or PROFIBUS Engineer?
There are plenty of opportunities in 2013 - see below. The PROFI Interface
Center (PIC) offers classes from Johnson City, TN, while the process
automation specialists operate from Peterborough, ON.
The April class still has seats available but don't dawdle, register
On-site classes can be arranged. Contact the
PI North America office, or email: CertifiedTrainingManager@PInorthamerica.com.
Monitor our 2013
COMMUNICATIONS LOUNGE AT HANNOVER FAIR: Europe's
largest industrial fair takes place April 9-12 and PI will
be there in force, once again supporting the Field Communications
Lounge in Hall
9, Booth D76. PI and its members will display
all the greatest technologies, including PROFIBUS,
PROFINET, PROFIsafe, PROFIenergy, PROFIdrive, and IO-Link. A special
highlight is the live demo of a robot operating a marionette
to demonstrate the principles of PROFIenergy, especially
the potential for energy saving during production as well as the
possibilities for recording energy consumption data and forwarding
it to higher-level production control systems. Other organizations
participating in the Field Communication Lounge are FDT Group,
Fieldbus Foundation, Hart Communication Foundation, and OPC Foundation. The FCL is centrally-located to allow visitors
to engage with each organization without having to visit different
SILKE AT PI SUPPORT CENTER: Say "Hi" to Silke Glastetter. She works at the PI Support
Center (PISC) in Karlsruhe which looks after the 27 Regional
PI Associations (RPAs) around the world. Silke gained her marketing-oriented Bachelor of Business
Administration degree at Mannheim before working for
an event management agency for about six years prior to joining
PI. She is in charge of all kinds of PROFINET marketing
activities, including organizing PROFINET, PROFIsafe and Drives
Workshops, being also responsible for online marketing and new
media, and coordinating the PI network. "My goals," she says, "are to grow more
and more in my role as our international representative. I am
a partner for the RPAs, being their contact person for all
issues and questions." In
her leisure hours Silke likes sky-diving. She told PROFINEWS: "I
can say, with the words of a marketing-based skydiver - let´s
go up to 12000 feet with PI and see the world from above. I want
to work closely with all kinds of people and develop
independently new ideas and strategies. I have learned that technical
have to be boring and that technicians can be very social
and communicative. I always wanted to work internationally and
have the chance to travel. Now I am living my dream."
WEB SITE MAKES PROFINET ACCESS EASY: PI
North America's NEW
WEB PRESENCE takes a bright new approach to web site design.
Its openness and ease of access applies particularly to the
PROFINET sections, where one click takes you in easy steps
through the reasons, advantages and promises of the most powerful
Industrial Ethernet in the world. It incorporates all the best
features of the All Things PROFINET web site but handles
them in a linear fashion. Scrolling through the various
segments guides the reader through the features using
non-technical language. The site's PROFIBUS section uses the
same approach. The site has many other easy-to-access features
- including newsletter archives, member lists, registration points
for the many classes, seminars and courses run by PI North America
and much more. VISIT
THE HOME PAGE.
PROFIblog keeps you up to date with automation
matters, particularly those to do with PROFINET and PROFIBUS.
FOLLOW PROFIblog HERE.
East: PI Middle East conducted its first PROFINET
Technology Seminar at Al Murooj Rotana, Dubai in February, attended
by over 120 end-users, system integrators, consultants and PROFIBUS/PROFINET
enthusiasts. The presentations
are downloadable from MIDDLE
Italy: In March, Consorzio PNI
attended "MC4 - Motion
Control For ", the main exhibition dedicated to motion control
and "OMC - Offshore
Mediterranean Conference", the major oil and gas event in
the Mediterranean Region. ITALY.
PI was one of the
sponsors of the 9th Process Management Academy, held in Antwerp
and organized by the ARC Advisory Group and PROCESS magazine.
The event included presentations by end users, ARC analysts
and other industry experts. BELGIUM.
MASTER DEPLOYABLE ON VARIETY OF FPGAs: This
new PROFIBUS Master solution can be deployed on a variety of standard
FPGAs. For manufacturers this means a flexible PROFIBUS interface
can be manufactured without using specific fieldbus ASICs. The
software consists of an IP core for the bus control logic, and
a complete protocol stack which runs on an FPGA internal processor.
The controller application can be realized externally or internally.
The Bus Control Logic is also available in a version with line
NO-HASSLE FPGA INDUSTRIAL ETHERNET: PROFINET
RT and PROFINET IRT are the first protocols available with Altera's
new licensing structure, which simplifies the integration of FPGA-based
Industrial Ethernet designs.
Developed in collaboration with Softing Industrial Automation,
licensing structure provides system developers with access
to PROFINET with no upfront
license fees, no per-unit royalty reporting or protracted negotiations,
and in a single Altera FPGA.
An embedded processor configures
the FPGA at power-up with the desired protocol. In this way,
a single board can work with a range of protocols without hardware
PROFINET RT AND IRT: At the recent
Embedded World Fair, KW Software introduced a cost-effective
new solution for PROFINET IRT. The
PROFINET stack uses the special features of the latest Intel
Ethernet Controller I210. The
Intel Ethernet Controller I210 provides optimized PROFINET RT and
IRT support for PC-based controls and automation devices, with
support for the Intel Ethernet Controller I210 integrated into
the PROFINET IRT software stack. KW-Software will offer
the solution for different CPU architectures and real-time operating
systems such as Wind River VxWorks. A step-by-step migration from
PROFINET RT to IRT is possible at any time. Features
such as time-stamping and separate in-chip queues for handling real-time
communication make this controller an outstanding, cost-effective
alternative to custom ASICs, says the company. KW