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PI technologies to be showcased at Wrexham Glyndwr University

Bob Squirrell,
  • 26.09.2017

Digital communication networks which are enabling major advances in manufacturing are to be showcased at a free seminar in Wrexham, North Wales

Industry 4.0 is set to transform the UK economy over the next few years and will be the focus of the event at Wrexham Glyndwr University on Tuesday 26 September.

The seminar will help delegates understand how digital communication networks are a key factor when developing Industry 4.0 solutions.

Central to the discussion will be the use and practical application of PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in industry. These three networks offer a complete solution for industrial automation in process and manufacturing plants.

As well as being introduced to the technologies, managers and engineers attending the event will be able to catch a glimpse of Wrexham Glyndwr University’s engineering labs, including an intelligent control panel which controls equipment and instrumentation using PROFIBUS. A Siemens PROFINET demonstration truck will also be on show.

James Robinson, Industrial Engineering programme leader, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming PROFIBUS and PROFINET International to North Wales.

“Their technologies are leading the way in industrial communications globally, and asset managers, design engineers and maintenance engineers will all benefit from this seminar.

“Wrexham Glyndwr University has worked hard to develop its laboratories so students on our industrial engineering degree programmes have access to industry-standard equipment from Helmholz, Softing Industrial, Siemens, WAGO and Procentec. These will all be demonstrated on the day.

Industry 4.0 is one of the largest drivers which will transform manufacturing globally over the coming years; reliable, high speed digital communications networks are crucial to its success. The UK government have recently announced an increase in funding for Industry 4.0 of £4.7 billion by 2020-21.

James will be joined at the event by fellow Wrexham Glyndwr University lecturer and cyber security expert Dr Paul Comerford, who will be giving a presentation on Cyber security for Industrial Ethernet.

System design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance with PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link in key application areas will all be considered.

These include mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing.

The event runs from 8.45am to 4pm at the Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Visitors will get the chance to win a free 20 minute flight in the university’s Merlin flight simulator.

Attendance at the free seminar is by registration in advance online at

For more information contact James Robinson on james.robinson(at)

Draft Agenda – subject to change


09:00 – 09:30

Registration and refreshments


09:30 – 10:00

Welcome and introduction to the exhibitors

Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser

10:00 – 10:15

Key note address

Phil Storrow, Glyndwr University

10:15 – 10:45

PROFIBUS International and basics of PROFIBUS and PROFINET

Mark Freeman, Siemens

10:45 – 11:05

PROFIBUS DP/PA network design

Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser

11:05 – 11:25

PROFINET network design

Peter Brown, Siemens

11:25 – 12:00

Coffee and exhibition  


12:00 – 12:20

Cyber security for industrial Ethernet

Dr Paul Comerford, Glyndwr University

12:20 – 12:40

PROFIBUS DP/PA network commissioning and testing

Richard Needham, Hi-Port Controls

12:40 – 13:00

PROFINET network commissioning and testing

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists Ltd

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch and University tours


14:30 – 15:00

PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools.

Phil Waterworth, Endress+Hauser

15:00 – 15:20

IO-Link technology

Russell Smith - Balluff

15:20 – 15:50

The effects of EMC on bus networks

Peter Thomas, Control Specialists Ltd

15:50 – 16:00

Summary, questions, prize draw and close

Andy Smith, Endress+Hauser

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