The UK had two events, one focusing on factory automation and one on process automation. In the Netherlands, an Industrial Ethernet event themed "Linking People, Companies, and Machinery" was held.
Regional PI Associations in Australia, China, Middle East, and the UK have news in this issue. PI Australia looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017. PI China appeared in the exhibition of the 2016 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. PI Middle East hosted a PROFIday and conducted a PROFIBUS class in Dubai; they are planning a design course. PI UK is supporting (and offering discounts) to Industry 4.0 Summit & Factory of the Future Expo in 2017.
This month there is news from PI UK, PI Germany, PI South Africa, and PI Australia. PI UK is supporting UK’s first Industry 4.0 Summit and reports on their recent Manchester seminar. PI Germany celebrates well-attended seminars in 2016 and looks forward to 2017. PI South Africa announces a new PI Training Center. PI Australia in cooperation with University of Technology, Sydney announces a seminar introducing Industry 4.0.
Certified Engineers and Installers meet a global standard of excellence and are listed on the PI website. Learn more about certification classes and become acquainted with the other types of training offered. A live webinar is scheduled for August 30, "Introduction to PROFINET." In North America the 22nd annual member meeting is scheduled.
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.
In North America, additional cities have been confirmed for no-charge PROFINET one-day training classes and additional Certified Network Engineer classes are announced. Free PROFIBUS and PROFINET training is coming to the UK. PI Australia formalizes its Automation Innovation Summit. In Germany IO-Link, PROFIBUS, and PROFIsafe training is scheduled.
UK-based Fortress Interlocks manufactures premium safety interlock systems for industrial applications. These interlocks are used to help prevent a machine from harming its operator or damaging itself. The interlocks stop the machine whenever certain states occur such as the opening of a door or the push of a button.
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.