It has been a busy year for Associação Profibus Brasil thus far. PROFIBUS and PROFINET already enjoy wide adoption in Brazil and the Association has been there to support users with training and seminars. Through new events and meetings, the Association is expanding the already large PROFIBUS and PROFINET footprint in the country’s automation, process, and energy sectors.
The Caetité, BA plant of Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB), hosted a technological event of the Associação Profibus on January 22nd. It was attended by professionals from automation, local Maintenance and Engineering and one plant specialist from Caldas, MG who was present via videoconferencing. INB is a state enterprise under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The company operates in the uranium production chain, developing the mining, processing, enrichment, conversion, production of pads and mounting fuel element which supplies the Brazilian nuclear power plants.
On January 28th the executive board of Associação Profibus Brasil held a meeting with executives of Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos (Apex) and Associação para Promoção da Excelência do Software Brasileiro (Softex). The objective was to sign a joint working agreement for collaborative action in Latin America.
Asset management, Profibus DP/PA basics, installation best practices, and Profinet Technology were the subjects of lectures presented at the technical meeting held on February 2nd in the Suzano plant, SP, of the Nadir Figueiredo company.
Two units of Zilor Group hosted events during the month of February. On February 4th, 16 professionals from the Macatuba plant, SP, attended technical presentations, and the next day, almost 40 experts from Quatá plant, SP, deepened their knowledge about Profibus. The Zilor Group processes sugarcane to produce sugar, ethanol, anhydrous ethanol, and energy by burning straw / bagasse.
On February 25th the Associação Profibus Brasil presented a technological seminar on Mina of Conceição in Serra do Esmeril, Itabira, MG, of Vale do Rio Doce company, which had the participation of more than 30 employees. It is worth noting that more than a seminar, representatives of the Profibus Association succeeded in establishing an informal setting to exchange experiences and clarify questions, especially about how to best utilize industrial communication technology Profibus DP / PA, Profinet and AS-interface.
More than 70 professionals in the areas of automation, instrumentation, maintenance, information technology, engineering, and design from the Usiminas company, regional guests and systems integrators were the audience of the technology event sponsored by the Associação Profibus Brasil on February 26th in their facilities in Ipatinga, MG. Usiminas is a Brazilian leader in laminated steel and one of the largest steel companies in Latin America.
On March 19th the Imperatriz plant, MA, of Suzano Papel e Celulose, received a technical seminar attended by approximately 30 employees from various sectors of the company. Suzano Papel e Celulose is the second largest producer of eucalyptus pulp in the world and a leader in the paper market in Latin America.
From March 23 th 27 the Associação Profibus Brasil exhibited at the 28th International Fair of Electrical Industry, Electronics, Energy and Automation (FIEE 2015). Some member companies demonstrated their equipment with technologies Profibus DP/PA and Profinet. According to the organizers, the 2015 edition of FIEE recorded 52,000 visitors and 623 exhibitors from all sectors of industrial equipment, electronics, automation and energy.