I always come into the transition from one year to the next thinking “I’m off the road; I can get caught up on blogging.”  Good theory.

Instead I’ve been scrambling to get ready for our PROFINET and PROFIBUS one-day training classes for 2011.  The PROFINET Training Manuals are at the printers; the CDs are pressed.  We’re ready for our first class of the year: PROFINET in Houston on February 24.  Registration is already at 131, but we have a large room, so seats are still available.  Details and links to a full agenda and registration are here.

I have stayed active in social media though… on Twitter.  I pointed to some new products and interesting news.

Introducing PROFINET video:

Continuous Improvements in PROFINET by Bill Lydon:

PROFIsafe, the multi-vendor functional safety profile, featured in a video from Siemens:

New products
A new line of motor starters and contactors featuring IO-Link via Automation World:  I blogged about these a while back in my SPS Show Report.

From Cognex, a vision sensor with PROFINET:
Via the Industrial Ethernet Book, PROFIBUS to PROFINET pluggable converter:

From Softing, for device makers: Real-Time Ethernet Solutions for Controllers:

The first digital snapshot was taken in what year? 1975!
How Social media and technology are changing working hours via Vicki McGee:

Building a Super Robust Robot Hand

See what you’ve missed by not following me on Twitter? J  You can follow me at

Elsewhere in the virtual world I answered a question about PROFIBUS: How is profibus faster than field bus?

Contributing a comment on the AutomationPrimer, I went way back to my days with a plastics machinery maker to add to “A few thoughts on panelbuilding…

–Carl Henning