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We'll be at ARC's Industry Forum in February, showing how PROFINET can help the USA's Manufacturing Renaissance
16 free PROFINET class dates are on the schedule countrywide. Will you attend one?
Attendance levels in 2013 were high. Book early if you want to become a certified network engineer
PROFINEWS North America, this newsletter, is now available as an App for smartphones and tablets
PROFIblog checks out Metcalfe's Law while Carl Henning's followers on Twitter approach 700
Certified Network Training debuts in South East Asia; a UK PICC publishes a new PROFIBUS reference book
Featuring an Ethernet-based host device for fieldbuses and a switch supporting PROFINET IRT.

PROFINET EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP FORUM: Driving the Manufacturing Renaissance: PI North America is sponsoring a track at the Eighteenth Annual ARC Industry Forum, February 10-13, Orlando. This follows our own highly successful PROFINET Executive Leadership Forum in 2012. (See news and blog posts.)

In 2012, we corralled an impressive array of speakers on topics of interest to manufacturers and followed that with PROFINET-specific user stories. This year, ARC has already corralled the speakers on general topics so we are piggybacking with our own PROFINET speakers.

Our theme is "Enabling the Information Driven Enterprise". The resurgence of manufacturing in North America is being fueled by automation, and a key part of that is the network. We used to think of automation features residing in devices like PLCs and IO. They still do of course, but the PROFINET network itself is also feature-laden. Yes, the PROFINET network supports the functions you need today, like IO connectivity, plus productivity enhancers you'll need in the future, like:

  • Comprehensive diagnostics for improved uptime
  • Functional safety to economically provide a safe environment for man and machine
  • The incorporation of drives for higher throughput.
  • Intelligent energy management

Speakers in our PROFINET track include:

  • Bernie Anger, General Manager, GE Intelligent Platforms
  • Raj Batra, President, Siemens Industry
  • Mike Rothwell, Executive Director, Phoenix Contact
  • Raimund Sommer, Managing Director, Endress+Hauser
  • Michael Bryant, Executive Director, PI North America
  • David Greenfield, Editor-in-Chief, Automation World magazine, moderator of panel discussion
  • Plus End Users, System Integrators, and OEMs from the automotive, aviation, oil and gas, and water/wastewater industries

PROFINET: Driving the Manufacturing Renaissance

Visit the ARC Forum website to view the Forum agenda, and in particular our Thursday morning PROFINET session agendas.

FREE PROFINET CLASSES COUNTRYWIDE: Well over 15,000 engineers have already attended one of our FREE one-day training classes but 2014 looks set to be another record. This year we'll be focusing on PROFINET and there are 16 one-day training classes to choose from. Here's what our venue plans look like:

For the first time we are focusing on PROFINET alone. PROFIBUS training is now being supported by the many companies who already offer courses. Class enhancements this year include more demos, more practical examples, new content, and a new sequence. For more details click a city below:

PROFINET Training City


San Diego 2/4/2014
Birmingham 2/18/2014
Houston 3/6/2014
Greenville 3/19/2014
Dayton 4/2/2014


Kansas City 4/30/14

Las Vegas

Milwaukee June
Cleveland June
Nashville September
Philadelphia October
Detroit October
Salt Lake City November
Portland November
San Jose December

Watch this newsletter for updates. Or, visit our training page. More dates may be firm by the time you read this.

CERTIFIED NETWORK ENGINEER TRAINING: Attendances at our training classes have been peaking recently and the advice is: if you want to become a certified network engineer, book early. Those who successfully pass our test after attending a class are officially listed on the PI website. To find more, click on the Monday start dates for these week-long classes:




March 3 March 24 May 12
June 9 August 11 June 16*
September 15   November 3
December 8    

Classes are held in Johnson City, TN, unless marked with an asterisk; those are held in Peterborough, ON. Onsite classes can be arranged. Contact

INTRODUCING THE PROFINEWS App: PI presented its new "PROFINEWS" App at last November's SPS/IPC/Drives Fair in Nuremberg, and is now introducing the App for wide release.

PROFINEWS North America, this newsletter, has been available for years in an HTML version distributed monthly. It will still be published but, starting now, it will also be available as an App. The App can be downloaded free of charge for iOS and Android devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (respectively), for both smart phones and tablets.

With the new PROFINEWS App, users receive up-to-date information about PI and its technologies directly on their mobile devices. The App is updated continuously, enabling readers to catch up on the latest news anytime, anywhere in the world. Downloaded articles are cached for reading off-line. Articles can also be shared directly with colleagues. In Tech Tips, readers receive practical advice on the use of PI technologies from experts. Engaging content like news, opinion, new product information and case studies will appear continuously too.

The PROFINEWS App will become an indispensable information medium for the PROFIBUS and PROFINET community. PI members worldwide can publish product and company news in the App, to quickly and easily reach a global audience.

Metcalfe's Law after 40 Years: Carl Henning, writing in PROFIblog, notes that the 'law' posited by Metcalfe about Ethernet has achieved its 40th anniversary, with Metcalfe himself setting out to prove it's still valid. The law suggests that the effectiveness of a network relates to the number of its nodes and was based on early Ethernet work. Is it still valid? Read PROFIblog. (graphic courtesy of Wikipedia)

Twitter: Carl is still highly active, with regular tweets about automation topics @AllThingsPROFI. He has nearly 700 followers and would welcome more. Check him out here.

UK: Manchester Metropolitan University, a UK PICC, has published a new book covering guidelines and good practice for installing PROFIBUS. After booking on one of MMU's Certified PROFIBUS Installer courses, students are sent the book for preparation and revision. Amazon is also stocking it. UK

SOUTH EAST ASIA: From January 20st - 22nd, PI South East Asia is running its first ever PROFINET Certified Training Course. It will take place at the Siemens Center and PROCENTEC will run the sessions. Click here for details and registration. SOUTH EAST ASIA.

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FIELDBUS VIA ETHERNET: The netHOST Fieldbus Master provides a connection to traditional fieldbus systems from any Ethernet port. It can be integrated into existing Ethernet networks, wired or wireless, to connect and control popular fieldbus systems without the use of slot-based PC cards. It's ideal for applications where an open PC slot is unavailable, or for slot-less systems such as embedded systems, laptops, industrial computers, panels and HMIs. netHOST works within an existing infrastructure and can be direct-connected by cable, switches or VPN connections, over the Internet with routers and even by wireless. TCP/IP-based communications provide safe process data transmission from the underlying IO as well as supporting acyclic services. netHOST includes Configuration Software, a Windows DLL for direct programming, a test program of all functions, and an API interface description. For embedded users there is a C toolkit as well as disclosure of all Fieldbus services and the Transmission Protocol source code. Additional benefits include Master Sharing, wherein one netHOST can arbitrate Fieldbus access across multiple controllers, and Dual Redundancy with controlled switchover in milliseconds. HILSCHER

REM SWITCH SUPPORTS PROFINET IRT: "The new fido5000 REM switch offers easy access to PROFINET technology," says Dr. Keith Prettyjohns, CEO Innovasic Inc. (pictured). The REM is a 2-port switch that enables manufacturers to develop PROFINET devices with two Ethernet interfaces and IRT support. PriorityChannel technology recognizes PROFINET frames and forwards them preferentially. Network components that can differentiate real-time protocols from less time-critical standard Ethernet frames mean data is processed quickly even in heavily utilized networks. “Having PROFINET technology in a switch block makes it much easier for device manufacturers to integrate powerful switching in their products,” says Karsten Schneider, Chairman of PI. “Devices equipped in this way not only exhibit higher performance but also provide greater reliability.” Shipments will begin in January 2014. INNOVASIC.

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