Regional News – July 2016

Unlike many other organizations in industrial automation, PI is large enough that it can support a decentralized structure (as opposed to a centralized one). This means each Regional PI Association can deliver support and events that are suited to their local market. More importantly, it means there’s a lot happening around the globe, all the time. Newsworthy topics highlighted in this article are from:

  • China
  • India
  • Italy
  • Korea
  • Norway


Drive Technology & Innovation — Promote Chinese Manufacturing


Currently, the deep integration of industrialization and informatization is triggering a profound change in the manufacturing industry, and more industrial devices are connected into industrial networks. Facing increasingly complex networks, industrial users are looking forward to simple and innovative solution that meets their needs.

On May 11 of 2016, the forum “PROFINET–Drive Technology Innovation, Promote Chinese Manufacturing” was held at the same time during the IA-BEIJING Fair. It was hosted by China PROFIBUS & PROFINET Association, and supported by a number of research institutions and leading enterprises in the manufacturing industry. Many experts from industry, academia, and technology associations gave content-rich presentations, and provided various competitive solutions and actual application cases, attracting over 200 attendees to the forum.

Morning sessionTo begin the forum, Mr. Ouyang Jinsong, the director of ITEI & the Chairman of PI-China, gave the opening speech- “China’s industrial intelligent manufacturing and Industrie4.0” and explained in details from three aspects: manufacturing industry and related concepts; digitalized factory and Industrie 4.0; and ‘Made in China 2025’ & intelligent manufacturing. He expressed ardent hope for the future of China manufacturing. Next, PI Chairman Mr.Karsten Schneider, discussed “PROFINET-the backbone of Industrie 4.0”. He analyzed how PROFINET played an important role in realizing Industrie 4.0 from a technical point of view.

Afternoon sessionDuring the company presentation parts, experts from Phoenix Contact, GE, and Siemens gave talks on “PROFINET innovative solutions”,“PROFINET application of industrial Internet”, and “Digitalized Factory created by TIA and PROFINET” respectively.  They each introduced in detail, the successful combination of PROFINET and their products.
In the afternoon, Mr. Ben Zhigang from OPC UA China association gave his speech of “Industrie 4.0, IoT & OPC UA”, and introduced the applications and advantages of a combination solution of OPC UA & PROFINET. Then Mr. Zhang Hualiang from Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences gave a talk on “Key technology and demo system of intelligent manufacturing”, and interpreted several popular concepts- Industrie 4.0 / CPS / IIoT / Intelligent Factory, and introduced some successful intelligent manufacturing solutions.

Products China

Next, experts from RedLion and INDU-SOL explained from their points of view how PROFINET technology interconnected with third party systems. Engineers from Beijing Benz and PI-China analyzed PROFINET applications in the automotive industry. Finally, Dr. Liu Dan, the PI-China secretary made a summary statement of “Intelligent manufacturing vertical integration and PROFINET”, and drew the forum to a close.


The Indian Profibus/Profinet Association (IPA) participated at SPS Automation India in Ahmadabad, Gujarat on April 7-9, 2016. The exhibition served as the ideal platform for showcasing leading process automation technology and innovations. Innovation is increasingly becoming imperative for every industry to keep pace with the changing world. Technology is rapidly advancing and is further fuelled by the “Make in India” campaign initiated by the Govt. of India.  The IPA booth focused on promoting PROFIBUS / PROFINET, and showcasing support available from exhibiting members. The event also saw the release of  the IPA Newsletter 2016 by Secretary Mr. Dileep Miskin and other members. The IPA common system showcased the smooth & seamless integration of products from various manufacturers on the unified platform.


Barilla Pasta chooses PROFINET

Italy1The second stop for the PROFIBUS & PROFINET Day in Italy was dedicated to the most innovative applications in Industrial Communication. On the 28th of June, engineers, technicians, developers, and designers gathered in Florence at the Hotel 500 in order to share and increase their knowledge. Among the illustrious speakers at the event, Barilla took part to the event to share its experience with PROFINET.

Italy2Guests from well-known companies in the food, textile, shoes, gold, and paper industries, attended to understand how to use PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies to increase their plant’s productivity together with energy efficiency and security. The Italian PI Competence Centers provided academic information and speakers from companies like Tecnau, MTC, and Barilla provided personal success stories.


PROFINET Seminar in Busan and Seoul, Korea

Seoul SeminarTwo seminars took place on April 19th and 21st in Korea, the former in Busan, and the latter in Seoul. Each opening lecture was started by PI Chairman Mr. Karsten Schneider with his “PROFINET, The backbone of Industry 4.0.” talk, followed by a “Smart Factory introduction” from SIEMENS and “PROFINET Technology Update” by RPA Korea Chairman Mr. CHA Young-Sik.

Customers were deeply interested in PROFINET as the backbone of a Smart Factory as it pertains to motion control, process automation as well as factory automation all on a standard Ethernet platform.

On the day between Busan and Seoul, Mr. Karsten Schneider visited POSCO – a leading global company of in the steel industry and presented “PROFINET for Process Automation”.


The Eliaden 2016 Fair located in Lillestrøm close to Oslo took place with an attendance record of almost 20,000. The PROFIBUS Norway Association had a common booth with ABB Electrification-products-division, ABB Instrumentation, AD Elektronikk, Bihl + + Widemann, Eaton Electric, Festo, Hecotron, and Siemens. The “Eliaden” is the only fair in Norway for Electricity, Electronics and Automation and arranged every second Year.