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.


PROFIsafe Refresher Seminar
October 8, 2015, in Karlsruhe

PI is offering a PROFIsafe Refresher seminar in the English language. The main target group of this seminar are PROFIsafe certified designers needing an update within 3 years to prolong their certificate according to the PROFIsafe policy. More information and the registration form can be found here.

PROFIsafe Certified Designer Course
October 13 to 15, 2015, in Karlsruhe

The responsible PI working groups, in cooperation with TÜV, developed a training scheme, which is available to all interested PI members for their employees in charge of PROFIsafe and safety. This three day session (in the English language) comprises a written test at the end of each day. Experts having passed all tests will receive a TÜV certificate “Certified PROFIsafe Designer.” More information and the registration form can be found here.


Naples, Italy – October 14, 2015

Immagine_Location_NapoliPROFIBUS & PROFINET Day: the meeting dedicated to the latest technological developments in Industrial Communication. This year the Roadshow reached Verona (April 22) and Pescara (June 17) and is now almost ready for Naples. PI Italy experts will discuss themes like Operation Excellence, Energy Efficiency, and Security. PI Chairman Karsten Schneider will be on hand to present future developments of the technologies. The event will be held in the stunning landscape surrounding the Gulf of Naples. For more information and to register go to

IO-Link workshops

Minnesota, USA – October 13, 2015
Bergamo, Italy – October 20th, 2015

During the workshop you will learn about the functionalities of IO-Link, see and try available components, and learn the basic rules of using IO-Link. Members of the IO-Link Group will demonstrate how easy configuration is and much more.  In between, there will be plenty of time for questions. The workshop will be held in the respective national language. Download the Italy workshop flyer here. For registration and more information go to

ABB Workshop Z2160 – PROFIBUS made easy

November 10, 2015 in Alzenau near Frankfurt/Main
November 12, 2015 in Hamburg

Image Workshop-SmallThis 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 on your own to select the right PROFIBUS network components and to calculate the bus topology. Another focus will be the start up of a small PROFIBUS application. Registration Link.

Middle East

The Middle East Regional PI Association (RPA) hosted its first PROFIday in Kuwait where it was sponsored by PROCENTEC Netherlands, Indu-Sol Germany, and ASM Saudi Arabia. Marco Bekker from PROCENTEC spoke about PROFIBUS troubleshooting. Marco Freihöfer from Indu-Sol talked about the validation of PROFINET installations and systems. From ASM Process Automation, Ammar Atta discussed common PROFIBUS faults in the industry. Hands-on materials allowed participants to see them in reality. Ali Magboul, RPA Middle-East Chairman said that there will be quarterly events like this.