Regional News – May 2021

IO-Link Safety Webinar for the Whole World

After thorough preparations and work, the IO-Link Safety project has reached a level of maturity that enables an easy and low-risk entry into product development. Specifications, successful concept tests by TÜV and IFA, availability of software stacks as well as testing and certification are in place. Reason enough to report on this status again, as the previous 2-day training courses in Karlsruhe could no longer be held due to Corona. The IO-Link Safety Team, therefore, decided to present the content in a compact form in a webinar worldwide.

This webinar took place on 20 and 27 April 2021 and was structured according to the topic and even considered different time zones. On 20 April, technology (protocol, engineering, and functional safety) was presented twice: from 8 am to 11 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm.

On 27 April, development support, testing, and certification were also presented once in the morning and once in the evening. Important here was the date for a “Supervised Interop” on November 10, 2021, where safety testers and products, as well as safety products, can be tested against each other. More information on this will follow shortly.

The webinar was very successful, with more than 300 participants worldwide. The two-phase timezone concept also facilitated participation from Asia and the Americas, and the webinars were recorded. If you are interested in obtaining the link to the recordings, please contact

The IO-Link Safety Team will use the experience to put the previous 2-day training courses with examination and TÜV certificate on a new platform.

Course Activities to Reopen in Denmark

After a year of waiting, we are now back on track with our courses. The Coronavirus situation in Denmark looks favorable, and after a long shutdown, the country is about to reopen. The first step is schools and educational institutions, which are already partially open.

Our course supplier, the Automate Academy in Silkeborg, will complete our courses either with greatly reduced participation numbers or with reinforced Covid-19 precautions. All participants must, of course, meet with a negative Covid-19 test, which must be no more than 72 hours old, and, e.g., lunch will be served portion-oriented.

Participants already gathered for a 2-day PROFIBUS course, held May 5-6. The PROFINET course on May 18-19 is already more than full, which is why Automate Academy has offered to arrange another PROFINET course for us. The date has not yet been determined, but we aim to find calendar space for the course in September or October.