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Jan 6

Out in the West Texas Town of El Paso

“Out in the West Texas Town of El Paso” is not only the opening lyric to one of my favorite songs; it’s where I’ll be on January 24 – to conduct a PROFINET one-day training class, of course. We’ve updated the PROFINET class for 2012 to include new PROFINET features, new demos, new products, and…

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Nov 17

PROFIBUS & PROFINET Classes: Looking backward, looking forward

We have two more free classes left for 2011: PROFINET in Chicago on November 29 and PROFIBUS in San Diego on December 13.  We just completed our next-to-last PROFIBUS class of the year in Raleigh.  Raleigh was typical of recent classes – SRO (Standing Room Only).  Fortunately we were able to bring in extra chairs…

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Nov 17

PROFIBUS & PROFINET Classes: Looking backward, looking forward

We have two more free classes left for 2011: PROFINET in Chicago on November 29 and PROFIBUS in San Diego on December 13.  We just completed our next-to-last PROFIBUS class of the year in Raleigh.  Raleigh was typical of recent classes – SRO (Standing Room Only).  Fortunately we were able to bring in extra chairs…

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May 25

PROFIBUS is dead; long live PROFIBUS

As excited as we are with the success of PROFINET, old reliable PROFIBUS continues to grow, too.  Last week in Indianapolis we had a PROFIBUS one-day training class.  With 127 in attendance this was one of our larger classes.  We had to bring in extra seats at the last minute – our magic formula failed…

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Apr 11

Gratuitous, self-serving praise for PI North America training

With two PROFINET one-day training classes and one PROFIBUS class behind us (and 15 to go) I thought it time to share some of the nice things students have said about the classes.  And the, ah, “constructive criticism” as well.  I’m off today for the PROFINET one-day training class in Mt. Laurel, NJ tomorrow.  (It’s…

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Nov 23

One-day Training Class Retrospective

Two countries, twenty cities, and thousands educated – those were our one-day training class statistics for 2010.  (Not to mention thousands of air miles for Ron, Manny, Hunter, Torsten, and me.)  If you missed us in 2010, we hope to see you in 2011.  We have not picked dates yet, but we are tentatively planning…

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Sep 23

Not Enough Detail in Toronto

Outside Toronto for the PROFINET one-day training class, I was in one of my old neighborhoods (I’ve lived a lot of places).  On the downside, I was so wrapped up with the class that I did not have time to visit my old Avantis colleagues.  On the upside, the class went very well.  When the…

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Sep 21

PROFINET or Ethernet in Montreal?

I’m just back from a week in Canada where we held PROFINET one-day training classes in Toronto and Montreal.  I was really pleased by the engagement of the attendees in both cities.  They asked really good questions.  Here are a couple questions from Montreal: “Where should we use PROFINET instead of Ethernet?” “Tell me about…

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Sep 15

Denver PROFINET Bandwidth

Rocky Mountain High… er, highlights, from the PROFINET one-day training class in Denver on September 2:  It seems bandwidth was on the minds of some attendees, especially the few IT folks there.  We are always glad to see IT folks attend, of course – anything we can do to help foster IT’s understanding of automation…

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Aug 31

Long, Long Ago in the Land of Cleve, Part 2

Continuing the report from the Cleveland PROFINET one-day training class… That interesting comment that deserves a longer response: “Was not any discussion of economics – PROFINET vs. competitors.  Not sure how PROFINET is funded.  How end users pay.  Software cost and licensing.  How comparisons of cost vary per vendor.” I always focus on the technology…

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