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, and Norway.
There are over 200 training classes remaining globally in 2016. Visit the PI global training website to filter by country, technology, and target student. Of note is an IO-Link workshop in Italy. In North America, the training schedule is finalized for PROFINET free one-day training classes, PROFINET and PROFIBUS Certified Network Engineer classes, and PROFINET Developer classes.
Italy is hosting three PROFIBUS/PROFINET Days throughout 2016. The first is scheduled for April 13th in Alba. The next will take place in Florence on June 28th. In February, the PROFIBUS Group of the United Kingdom held a successful seminar at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. The 70 attendees learned about PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and IO-Link.
News this month from: Germany, where a successful PROFIsafe workshop was held; Italy and Poland, with IO-Link workshops; France, who is hosting three events in early December; and Australia, where they prepare for the 2016 Automation Innovation Summit.
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.
We have four members’ updates this month: GE Intelligent Platforms customer gets easy upgrade to PROFINET. PI and PI North America member PROCENTEC announces the opening of a new office in Italy. Softing provides a white paper on Best Practice in PROFIBUS Network Diagnostics and a success story for PROFIBUS diagnostics. Industrie 4.0 and cyber-physical systems are the topics of a position paper from halstrup-walcher.
PI News from around the world comes from Australia, Italy, and the UK. PI Australia just completed their annual general meeting with positive results; will host a one day PROFINET & PROFIBUS Expo; and announces training courses for later this year. PI Italy had a successful show with an award-winning PROFIenergy paper. PI UK reports on their recent conference.