PROFIBUS & PROFINET Association of Australia (PAA)

Supporting the world's leading Fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet technologies in Australia.

PROFIBUS is today acknowledged as the world's most successful fieldbus communication standard with an estimated 56 million installed devices worldwide – 10.6 million of these in the process industries (2016).

Via a single bus cable, PROFIBUS links controller or control systems with decentralized field devices (sensors and actuators) on the field level and also enables consistent data exchange with higher ranking communication systems.

PROFIBUS supports fieldbus solutions both in factory and process automation as well as in motion control and safety-related tasks.

PROFINET is one of the world’s most advanced Industrial Ethernet solutions for the networking of production assets (sensors, actuators and production units) and equipment such as PLCs, DCS and enterprise IT Systems.

As a result of today’s trend in automation and data exchange, commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, the current industrial environment is rapidly transforming.

Differences between a typical, traditional factory and an Industry 4.0 factory, commonly referred to as a ‘smart factory’ are significant and growing greater by the day.

Smart factories need PROFINET to control processes more intelligently and organise production more flexibly and efficiently. And most importantly, PROFINET is totally compatible with other network philosophies, so there are no barriers to open communication.

The Profibus Association of Australia (PAA) is one of 25 Regional Associations around the world representing PI, the Profibus International organization.

Certified Training and Technical Support for PROFIBUS and PROFINET end-users

Profibus Australia’s mission is to play a major role in promoting and supporting its technologies throughout the region.

PROFIBUS and PROFINET experts are brought to Australia twice a year to conduct accredited training seminars. This ensures end-users are fully certified by Profibus International and familiar with the latest developments in the technology and its application.

Latest News

Becoming a digital age business proves a steep learning curve
Fast-forward 12 months…PROFIBUS Australia revisits the Automation Innovation Summit and observes industry’s response.
Digitalization as both a way to ‘Defy Productivity Decline’, and as a key response to the ‘Innovate or Perish’ challenge facing post-mining-boom Australia, was the two-pronged take-away for delegates at the 2016 PROFIBUS and PROFINET Global Forum and the Automation Innovation Summit. Read more...
CONGRATULATIONS (on making the right decision)
Attention all 2016 & 2017 Certified PROFIBUS & PROFINET Training Graduates..... the PAA congratulates you on your significant achievement.
Only a PROFIBUS International Certified course can award graduates with an internationally recognised accreditation as a Certified PROFIBUS & PROFINET Engineer or Installer. Read more...
Real time data acquisition and monitoring directly from your PROFIBUS
The Profibus data acquisition and monitoring device ibaBM-DP from ibaOceania is used for the acquisition of real time data directly from PROFIBUS DP networks via the acquisition software, ibaPDA. The device can be connected at any point in the Profibus network and can monitor two separate PROFIBUS networks independently. Read more...
Ethernet and Industrial communications: What's the latest
It's been hard to miss all the activity going on recently around time sensitive networking (TSN) and OPC UA. What's it mean for the near-term future of PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and industrial networking in general. Read more...
Small steps to digital plant success
Smart businesses are getting to know the value of intelligent, predictive, digital systems by setting aside and modernising a small section of their plant.

Installing a new technology plant-wide is difficult and daunting. The best approach is to simply identify the issue that is causing the most pain, then work with an automation industry partner to develop a solution for this problem. Read more...
Industrial Networks as Part of Automation
It's been hard to miss all the activity going on recently around time sensitive networking (TSN) and OPC UA. What's it mean for the near-term future of PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and industrial networking in general. Read more...
First integrated safety solution via IO-Link
Balluff is the first in the world to offer equipment manufacturers a simple-to-integrate, cost-saving safety solution based on IO-Link.

Safety over IO-Link combines automation and safety in one system and represents efficient safety concepts from one source. Read more...
Digital-driven solutions boost plant control and management
Innovation is, of course, partly about technology. But it is also about massive improvements in productivity through the empowerment of a business's only uncapped resource - its people.

A modern, hi-tech workplace is one in which people can work on the business rather than in it. Read more...