Training and Events: Issue 126

This month features training from Australia, Germany, and the United States of America. Free one-day PROFINET classes in the USA have been very successful so far in 2015. In Australia, the Profibus Australia Association (PAA) is putting on a 5-week training campaign for 2015. ABB will host two PROFIBUS courses in Leipzig and Dusseldorf. Meanwhile, GE Intelligent Platforms has announced PLC training across the USA.

Strong Start to USA Training Classes

With only a handful of free PROFINET one-day training classes hosted so far in 2015, interest has been strong. Attendance has been greater than in years past in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta. What is encouraging however are the many ‘new faces’ in the audiences. As users migrate their aging systems to industrial Ethernet, investigating the benefits of PROFINET appears to be a top priority. With more automation systems requiring the flexibility to handle safety, motion control, redundancy, and hybrid applications, the technology stands out as an automation protocol. Additionally, as a data access protocol, PROFINET uniquely enables device level connections for higher level systems. Upcoming classes:

Profibus Australia expands Certified training courses for 2015

Certified PROFINET and PROFIBUS courses will be available at all major industrial and engineering centers around Australia and New Zealand, as Profibus Australia (PAA) announces a 5-week training campaign for 2015.

Engineers in New Zealand will be the first to benefit from the training program starting in April. The courses will then continue in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne throughout May 2015.

The process and manufacturing industries are increasingly adopting PROFINET and other industrial Ethernet networks. In response, Automation Engineers hoping to gain an advantage in the jobs market must update and upgrade their PROFINET and Profibus knowledge and qualifications.

GE Intelligent Platforms Announces Troubleshooting Training

The Controller Maintenance with Logic Developer PLC course provides the student with the skills necessary to troubleshoot and repair faults in GE Intelligent Platforms controllers (90-30, 90-70, VersaMax, RX7i and RX3i). The class is taught using Logic Developer PLC software, which is part of the Machine Edition family of products. The focus of this course is teaching students how to interpret existing ladder logic programs for troubleshooting purposes. Students are also taught how to use the troubleshooting tools within the software to determine where faults have occurred and how to correct them.

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ABB Workshop Z2160 – PROFIBUS Made Easy

Workshop language: German

Image Workshop-SmallThe workshop teaches you PROFIBUS in both theory and practice from the field device to the controller. You will learn the basics of PROFIBUS so that the design, calculation, and commissioning of a bus system is no longer a challenge. In practical exercises you will learn by yourself to select the right PROFIBUS network components and to calculate the bus topology. Another focus is the collective start up of a small PROFIBUS application: from the physical build-up via the bus diagnostics and parameterization of a field device, up to the integration in an ABB control system.

The workshop is intended for decision makers, planning and project engineers, commissioning engineers, and service staff. Prerequisites include knowledge of basic process measuring and control technology.


  • Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 in Leipzig, Germany
  • Thursday, April, 23, 2015 in Ratingen (near Düsseldorf), Germany

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