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“Dumb iron” in oil and gas fields is outmoded, says Precision Drilling Corporation VP
The 111th meeting of the PROFINET Marketing Group was just held
PI's networking technologies: learning how they tick
Countrywide training tours provide an ideal introduction to networks
Socialize with PI North America via PROFIblog, Facebook and Twitter
Japan, Italy, China, Australia, Switzerland and UK
Lightning Protection for PA; Business Bridge for Calibration; an IP67 Bridge for Logix Controllers

PROFINET MAKES OIL AND GAS RIGS SMARTER: The days of “dumb iron” in North America’s oil and gas fields are numbered according to Darcy Falardeau (left) of Precision Drilling Corporation. He sees modern communication networks like PROFINET making drilling rigs and associated on-site equipment smarter, and the overall drilling process safer and more efficient. “Our customers can benefit from real-time information from their drilling equipment and that’s what our new centrifuge control system with PROFINET provides,” says Falardeau, Vice President Operations – North America for Precision’s Completion and Production Services division. The Canadian-based company, whose drilling division has been working in the U.S. for the past six years, is one of the continent’s largest providers of drilling services and drilling equipment. READ FULL STORY.

PROMOTING PROFINET: I was interested to learn that the PROFINET Marketing Group, which was founded in 2001, met for the 111th time recently. Over the years that Group has contributed significantly to the story of PROFINET and today it includes representatives from more than 30 companies. Most are competitors but under the PI umbrella they are collectively able to discuss and implement actions for the benefit of vendors and users alike. The Group has time and again produced great ideas that have resulted in powerful marketing programs that have contributed to the rich evolution of PROFINET. One example is the way PROFIenergy and diagnostics have recently been incorporated in cascaded systems.

The Group organizes workshops, creates flyers, builds web sites and produces videos. It sets up demo systems like the PROFIenergy robot cell we showed at recent trade fairs and our multi-vendor wall, which is now huge. It is currently explaining the benefits of PROFINET in terms of performance, energy management, and diagnostics in a variety of ways.

Did you know that any PI member company can participate in this process? New ideas and strategies are always welcomed so if you'd like to influence the future of PROFINET, email the Group leader Xaver Schmidt.

Michael Bryant, Executive Director PI North America

MASTER YOUR PROFESSION - HARRINGTON : If you are like us here at the PROFI Interface Center (PIC) in Johnson City - and also like my uncle, who's a master clock repairer - we are always interested in how technology-related stuff really ticks. "It definitely helps us with our careers, and with our peers and customers," writes PIC Deputy Hunter Harrington (above).

PI North America, in conjunction with the PIC, offers Certified Network Engineer classes providing in-depth knowledge of PROFINET, PROFIBUS and PROFIBUS PA. Our 2013 classes feature equipment from device vendors including: Hilscher, Phoenix Contact, GE Intelligent Platforms, Siemens, Turck, Acromag, Rosemount, Smar, Endress and Hauser, Pepperl and Fuchs, Procentec and more. The classes provide plenty of information to give you the tools and knowhow needed to install, develop, and maintain PI networks and devices. We would be happy to see you at one of our future classes! See below for the remaining 2013 class schedules.

Note: due to demand a new PROFINET Certified Network Engineer class has been scheduled for Ann Arbor, August 19th - 23rd!

Aug Johnson City, TN
Aug 12th - 16th
  Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 19th - 23rd
Sep     Johnson City, TN
Sep 9th - 13th
Nov Johnson City, TN
Nov 4th - 8th
Dec     Johnson City, TN
Dec 2nd - 6th

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

Here's what recent attendees have said about the classes:

  • "I came into the class with a basic understanding of PROFINET. The first day was mostly review for me, but the rest of the class provided me with the details I didn't have before and really polished my knowledge of PROFINET. Well worth the time and cost"
  • "I have never used PROFINET before this class. Now I feel pretty confident about using it in my next project."
  • "PROFINET is very deep and once you get over the hump it is really solid. Offers a great deal of opportunity and capability over other protocols in automation."

FREE STARTER TRAINING TOO: Our FREE countrywide training classes provide an ideal introduction to the PI world of networking. There are still plenty of opportunities to join a class in 2013. See map below for upcoming locations or CLICK HERE to visit the training class page on Or, why not consider our webinar program? There's also web-based training HERE, with a new PROFIsafe module just added.

Classes count towards Professional Development Hours.

PROFIblog ACCELERATES: PROFIblog now has TWO authors. Both Carl Henning and colleague Michael Bowne are contributing, so the frequency of posts has risen and the scope has been extended. Why PROFINET? is a recent posting. Youn can find PROFIblog HERE.

NEW FACEBOOK PAGE: PI North America has a new Facebook page HERE. It's early days but Technical Marketing Director Michael Bowne invites all comers to taste the flavor, perhaps contribute and of course 'like'.

TWITTER REVISED: Carl Henning has revised his Twitter account to better reflect PI North America's activities - find it  HERE. You will be automatically transferred from older accounts.

ITALY: During the SPS IPC Drives Italia 2013 Fair in Parma in May, the Scientific Committee gave an award to Prof. Micaela Caserza Magro, left, (with Alberto Sibono, both from the GFCC/University of Genoa) for her presentation called "PROFINET towards Cloud Automation". ITALY.

JAPAN: The Japanese PROFIBUS Organization (JPO) has revised the contents of The Rapid Way to PROFINET and added a PROFINET products catalog. The new publication will be distributed at the Industrial Open Networks Fair 2013 and System Control Fair 2013.  JAPAN.

CHINA: The China PROFIBUS and PROFINET Association (PI-China) has translated the latest versions of three system descriptions into Chinese. PROFIBUS System Description, PROFINET System Description and PROFIdrive System Description are now available on the PI-China web page. CHINA.

AUSTRALIA: A joint submission by PROFIBUS Australia Association (PAA), WorleyParsons and Blochtech has won the 'Best Fieldbus Application' category in the Australian 2013 Zenith Awards, sponsored by Beckhoff Automation. The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant (SSDP) in Western Australia uses PROFIBUS DP and PA extensively. Pictured are Andrew Dummett (PAA Secretary), Trevor Bloch (Blochtech), and Steve Sischy (MD Beckhoff Automation). AUSTRALIA.

SWITZERLAND: Rafael Gross of  Rychiger Steffisburg and wife Carolina left Switzerland in early July for a 4-week tour of Europe in a camper, courtesy of PROFIBUS Switzerland's prize draw held during their 20th Anniversary celebrations at the SINDEX Fair in 2012. SWITZERLAND.

UK: In June, a major conference and micro fair at the Stratford Manor Hotel marked the 20th anniversary of the UK PROFIBUS Group. Chairman Bob Squirrell welcomed over 60 people to a dinner the evening before and said later that nearly 100 people had attended the event overall. Keynote speakers included Brian Holliday (right), a co-founder of the Group, now Divisional Director of Industrial Automation at Siemens. Brian spoke about the encouraging support for manufacturing and automation now emanating from government with the growing realization that a 'services' based economy is not sustainable.  Other speakers included PI Chairman Karsten Schneider (left) who spoke about the latest updates to PROFIBUS PA, PROFINET and PROFIenergy. UK.

LIGHTNING PROTECTOR FOR PA: The FieldConnex Surge Protector offers protection for PROFIBUS PA devices against lightning strikes and voltage peaks. An automatic self-monitoring function measures the number and intensity of current surges and precisely calculates when the protection will be exhausted. Costly manual checks after thunderstorms are eliminated.  DOWNLOAD White Paper. PEPPERL+FUCHS.


PROFIBUS IP67 BRIDGE TO LOGIX CONTROLLERS: The SST PROFIBUS DP Remote Module is a "linking device" for adding DP master and slave connectivity to Rockwell Logix controllers. The module is designed for high speed PROFIBUS DP data exchange and is fully integrated into the Rockwell Software Architecture.  MOLEX.


BUSINESS BRIDGE SHARES DATA WITH ERP/CMMS: The Business Bridge provides a transfer channel for sharing instrument, work order and calibration data between Beamex CMX calibration management and ERP/CMMS systems. Productivity increases due to better integration, as data needs to be entered and updated in one place, minimizing typing errors and delays. When the Beamex MC6 advanced field calibrator and communicator are integrated together with the Beamex CMX calibration management software, the calibration of PROFBUS PA instrumentation is enhanced. BEAMEX.


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