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.