PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link news from around the world

Report from the General Assembly Meeting

Michael Bryant introduced this issue of PROFINEWS with a hint about PI North America’s recent General Assembly Meeting (GAM). Michael Bowne in the article immediately above took the introduction to the PROFINET of Things at the GAM and distilled them into a webcast. Carl Henning in the PROFIblog is portioning out an informal reporting of the event. Here are the highlights from the meeting.

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PI North America Announces New Board Member

PI North America, is proud to announce the appointment of Barry Lynch, Global Marketing Director at GE's Intelligent Platforms business, to its Board of Directors. The Board voted unanimously to approve Mr. Lynch’s nomination earlier this month.

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Regional and Member News

A combined Regional PI Chairman meeting and Industry Forum has been announced for Australia. HARTING announces a North American roadshow truck to showcase connectivity solutions. Ireland held a one-day demo consisting of two sessions on PROFIBUS diagnostics.

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Success, to be continued

Windows 95 was just released and DVD’s were announced as a new groundbreaking storage media, and the PIC – PROFIBUS Interface Center – was founded in Johnson City, TN. That was 1995. Now, 20 years later, we’re still alive and kicking and busy as always.

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Regional Events and Training

Following the PROFIsafe theme of this issue, PI has announced two courses being taught in Karlsruhe on the subject in October. In Italy, a PROFIBUS & PROFINET Day is slated to take place in Naples and an IO-Link Workshop is being offered in Bergamo. A similar IO-Link Workshop will be held in Minnesota, USA as well. ABB has announced two PROFIBUS trainings in Germany in November. The Middle East held its first PROFIday, which is shaping up to be a quarterly event.

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Training and Events: A Busy Month of June

global-communication-background003The month of June is shaping up to be a busy month for training. Find an event in your area and increase your expertise in PROFIBUS, PROFINET, or both! Free and paid classes are available, catering to varying levels of experience.  In Germany there will be a plugfest and PROFINET workshops.  In North America, free PROFINET training classes continue.  Two IO-Link workshops are scheduled in Europe. (more…)

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