The Japanese PROFIBUS Organization (JPO) joined IIFES2019, the largest automation fair in Japan, from Nov. 27 through 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. About 50,000 people visited the fair over three days. Also there is upcoming training in Belgium, The Netherlands, the United States, and Singapore.
This month's issue comes full of international news: Italy concludes a successful workshop; PI Southern Africa is set to exhibit at Electra Mining Africa 2020; PITC UK says goodbye to one of their founding members who is heading for retirement; and the IO-Link China Community is officially established.
The variety of domestic Chinese automation vendors supplying devices with a PROFINET interface has exploded. This was recently exhibited by PI-China at the China International Industry Fair (CIIF) in Shanghai in September.
Two successful events took place in Germany in September. A PROFIsafe user workshop hosted the PROFIsafe Working Group, 12 exhibitors, speakers and 33 workshop participants at HMS. Also, over 90 representatives from 43 international businesses gathered in Bad Soden for the latest IO-Link interoperability workshop.
Lots of member news and events this month: an-testlabs reaches a PROFINET test report milestone; an upcoming PROFINET in process automation workshop; a PROFIBUS troubleshooting webinar from Softing; and several activities from PI Brazil.
Four IO-Link User Workshops will take place over the next few weeks in the countries of Hungary, France, Germany, and Italy. Additional workshops targeted towards IO-Link device manufacturers include an Interop and an IO-Link Safety Workshop, both taking place in Germany.
The new “Cobre Panamá” project by Minera Panamá S.A. in Colón, Panamá will produce 300,000 tons of copper, 100,000 oz of gold and 2,500 tons of molybdenum every year. A series of successful PROFIBUS training sessions were conducted on-site by AUTEX-OPEN, a PITC/PICC based in Argentina, to get them ready for production.
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