Updates from PI Brazil: An Ethernet-APL Board has been set up to promote and support the technology in process automation plants; IO-Link teaching kits have been built and are ready for use; and a new Working Group has been formed addressing cables and connection technology in industrial networks.
News from PI UK and PI Brazil. PI UK participated in a virtual event in January on industrial networks and IIoT communications. PI Brazil has reelected its boards of directors, created two new working groups, and started a national node survey.
Three Regional PI Associations (RPAs) announce news this month. PI China participated in the CIIF tradeshow in Shanghai in September; PI Brazil has hosted multiple webinars over the past few months; and PI Netherlands recently put on a successful PROFI education week.
This article features the latest regional and member news: Fluke Networks inaugurated a new Industrial Ethernet website; WESTCON Instrumentação Industria became a PROFIBUS PITC and PROFINET PICC; PI Brazil continues to drive PROFIBUS and PROFINET adoption; and much more...
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.
PI Brazil has made stops in its onsite workshop roadshow at Transpetro and ArcelorMittal in March. The events cover the full range of PI's technologies with practical demonstrations. Also highlighted in Brazil are specific trainings for PROFIBUS and IO-Link news.
PI Brazil has built a PROFINET Online Academy. It is a free, online webinar platform, organized into specific PROFINET topics covering the basics of Ethernet all the way up to best practices when developing with PROFINET.
Associação PI Brasil has been hard at work producing new content like videos and animations describing the PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies specifically for the Brazilian market. To wit, the seminal book 'Industrial Communication with PROFINET' is now available in Portuguese.