This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Conference to cover Profibus application experience from Pharma to Water

02 May 2006

The 2006 PROFIBUS International User Conference (June 27/28 Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, England) will cover experience and techniques used in PROFIBUS, PROFINET and PROFIsafe over two days of expert presentations. These are designed to lead attendees through the capabilities of PROFIBUS technology from the basics, up to its use in real world and industrial process applications.

The first day of lectures will offer presentations on PROFIBUS implementation projects, successes and ideas across industry, with user papers from the pharmaceutical industry to the water industry, covering experience from end-users, contractors and suppliers.

This first day will be Chaired by Laurie Reynolds, now an independent consultant and Chair of the IET professional network in Control & Automation. For his keynote presentation Laurie will draw on his 30 years of experience of automation in the water industry, and discuss why exploitation of advances in technology take so long to materialise in the UK compared to other parts of the world! He will also summarise the highlights and developments in PROFIBUS and industrial communications over the past 12 months, before introducing various speakers with particular relevant expertise.

Alan Southward, a Senior Project Engineer at AstraZeneca for over 23 years, has seen control systems develop through pneumatic, 4-20mA and now fieldbus techniques. His first paper follows the experiences of AstraZeneca in going through the exercise of cost/benefit analysis, safety analysis and product quality implications before adopting PROFIBUS, and then experiences in the construction of PROFIBUS systems.

His colleague Jonathan Mills later outlines the issues associated with the use of fieldbus systems in hazardous areas from an end user perspective. Area classification and its impact on ignition prevention techniques available for traditional current transmission and fieldbus systems are explored.

James Powell, industrial communications specialist now at Siemens Milltronics in Canada, presents a paper which describes the User Benefits of the Fieldbus Device Profile Concept. A device Profile is a standardisation of the device from a network point of view for the purpose of data exchange, configuration and functionality. This concept is still relatively new and not well understood by new users. Profiles offer tremendous benefits to the end user. Using an example, James will demonstrate how Profiles provide such benefits to the end user. The presentation will also include a demonstration of inter-changeability, which is one of the key benefits of profiles. James studied for his degree at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Mark Cargill, of Purac, in the UK will explain the necessary steps involved in creating a successful fieldbus project using PROFIBUS: this is presented in a practical manner using readily available tools and processes to guide the user in the design. Continuing the water industry theme, there is also a paper from John Heighway, of Biwater UK, on the design and implementation of high availability systems. In the water industry reduced manning levels and operational/process considerations are demanding enhanced reliability from the process control system. One method increasingly being used to achieve high availability is hot/standby PLC systems. This has some significant implications on the design and implementation of the associated PROFIBUS networks, and John will discuss some practical experiences in this field.

Gareth Johnston of ABB will provide a presentation that covers larger DCS based process control schemes, discussing the computerised maintenance information from PROFIBUS. This will move into the realm of asset management tools, demonstrating the issues and workflow concerned when adding a PROFIBUS PA device to a DCS system with appropriate linking to operator workplace and Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS, specifically MAXIMO in this case).

The demonstrations will show that.

* PROFIBUS derived information can be presented to the operator in a familiar format (just like traditional 4-20mA).
* Working with a GSD file is very simple – it does not have to be at the bits and bytes level.
* With DCS integration and testing, linking to CMMS to provide maintenance savings is easy.

Parallel streams of lectures on the first day of the Profibus User Conference will present ‘Primers’, with training from the Profibus Competency Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, and from PROCENTEC, in The Netherlands covering practical aspects of PROFIBUS: installation practice and pitfalls, and system testing and verification. Day 2 of the conference introduces the presentations covering ProfiNet and ProfiSafe in particular. The Conference covers two days from 27-28 June: visitors can choose to attend one or both days, and can also see the associated exhibition of products and services: the conference is once again to be held at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, UK. For further information please consult . A booking form can be found on the Profibus Group's download page at

Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page