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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Training a key step in the race to stay relevant’

The push to future-proof factory and process automation businesses will continue at pace in 2017 driven by the digital revolution; the options remain to invest, train and keep up, or fall behind into irrelevance.


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How does PROFINET work? Watch ‘PROFINET – The Movie’

September 2016

How does PROFINET work?
What happens between controller, IO devices and switches?
We compare PROFINET with the PROFIBUS technology for an easy to understand explanation.


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Profibus Australia AGM: Innovation, industrial shifts marked 2015

September 2016

As with its client base, Profibus Australia’s 2015 was defined by industrial transformation and a focus on innovation, its recent Annual General Meeting noted.

The event, held at Burkert Fluid Control Systems on August 25, saw attendees reflect on a raised profile for the organisation during the year. Chairman Rafael Koenig put this down to PAA’s innovation-focussed marketing initiatives over recent years.


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Productivity Decline in the crosshairs at Innovation Summit

October 2015

How can the Australian government and industry work together to ensure our continuing competitiveness in the globalised environment of today? What can companies do to embrace new ideas in Industry Automation from global sources – and make them work in their local operations?

These questions, and more, will be answered on 25 May 2016, at the Profibus & Profinet Global Forum and the Automation Innovation Summit in Sydney.


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CLPA and PI to cooperate for a transparent network infrastructure

December 2015

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) are announcing a close collaboration with the objective of promoting and disseminating the use of open industrial networks. As users aspire to be ready for Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things based manufacturing systems easy integration of various networks, such as CC-Link IE and PROFINET, is essential for this.


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“Knowing how the Profibus protocol works is not the same as knowing how to design an optimal Profibus network”

August 2015

Profibus System Design Course Trainer Peter Thomas reviews the short-sighted design decisions that can create difficulties in diagnosing, troubleshooting and expending the network.


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New Certified PROFIBUS System Design Course now officially accredited by Profibus International

August 2015

Graduates of the Certified Profibus Engineer Course will already have good working knowledge of the Profibus protocol. But if you are involved in the early stages of Profibus network design, you should consider attending the new Certified Profibus System Design Course, which covers areas around network design that the Engineer Course does not.


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Profibus Australia announces second consecutive year of profit, plans for 2015

June 2015

Profibus Australia (PAA) has announced a profit for the 2014 Financial Year, but forecast a softer financial return in 2015 following a slowdown in Australia's resources sector.


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2015 Profibus Australia Annual General Meeting

May 2015

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of Profibus Australia will be held on Thursday 28 May.


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The Fortecue Solomon Iron Ore Project

May 2015

The scope of Fortescue's Solomon iron ore project included the development of the two new mines, three primary and secondary crushers, two ore processing facilities, seven overland conveyors covering 15km, stockyard, the train load-out, and their control networks.


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Great content stands out in Certified PROFINET Training advertising campaign

January 2015

An innovative advertising campaign developed by Profibus Australia for the launch of Certified PROFINET Training in Australia and New Zealand promises to take factory and process control solutions to another level.

Certified Profibus & PROFINET Training commences Perth: W/C 3 November; Brisbane W/C 24 November; Melbourne W/C 1 December.


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Users benefit from the changeover from PROFIBUS to PROFINET

January 2015

“Is this new technology already perfected for real-world use? Are there really benefits? How long will it take to change over?”

Such are the questions that many companies might now be deliberating.


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PICC improves Profibus network stability at a biosolids recycling plant

January 2015

The Melbourne Water Western Treatment Plant recycles biosolids from Barwon Water’s key water reclamation plants, drying and processing them into pellets, which can be used as a fossil fuel replacement or fertiliser.

Barwon Water was facing reliability issues with its Profibus network. It brought in the Profibus International Competence Centre (PICC), a subsidiary of Pentair Actuation & Controls to assess the situation.


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PACE launches 'Industrial Automation Protocol Forum' April 2015. Sponsorships now available

January 2015

The greatest priority for Profibus Australia as a technology association is to keep the market informed on advances in technology; and to contribute where we can in developing a competitive edge for the Australian Automation Industry in our field of distributed networking.

This is why we have partnered with Australia's leading Automation publisher PACE, in developing a new 3 month, online technical promotion called the 'Fieldbus Forum', schedule for release in April 2015.


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PAA's 2014 membership spike reflects its rising star in industry

January 2015

Seeking to remain up-to-date in the industrial market, and improve their automation capabilities, ten companies joined the Profibus Association of Australia (PAA) as new members in 2014.

Over the last 18 months, the PAA has invested in programs and campaigns to raise awareness within the industry about the productivity and cost benefits that Profinet- and Profibus-driven Industrial Automation can offer.


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Profibus Australia expands Certified training courses for 2015

January 2015

Certified PROFINET and Profibus courses will be available at all major industrial and engineering centres around Australia and New Zealand, as Profibus Australia (PAA) announces a 5-week training campaign for 2015, in partnership with Verwer Training Consultancy (VTC) and the PICC (Pentair).


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Youtube Snap Shot: Peter Thomas previews new Certified PROFINET Training Course

September 2014

Leading UK Industry Automation Expert and Trainer, Peter Thomas previews PAA's 3 day Certified PROFINET Engineer course, commencing November 2014.


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VIDEO: ‘Understanding PROFINET - The Industrial Ethernet Standard’

June 2014

Technical Seminar presented by Bernd Lieberth.


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May 2014 Profibus Training high achievers

June 2014

Profibus Australia’s recent Certified Profibus Training programme produced 59 Certified Installer graduates and 13 Certified Engineer graduates.


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Zenith Case-Study: Fortescue’s Herb Elliott Port & Rail facility

June 2014

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), the world’s fourth largest Iron Ore exporter, selected Anderson Point (Port Hedland area) in Western Australia as the location for its Herb Elliott Rail and Port shiploading facility due its close proximity to mining operations at Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek in Fortescue’s Chichester Hub.


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Profibus Australia announces results of AGM: PAA chooses social media as
a key asset for future marketing

June 2014

Major announcements from Profibus Australia’s AGM conducted on Tuesday 28th May 2014 at Burkert Fluid Control Systems are now available.


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PAA launches Certified PROFINET training in Australia

May 2014

Profibus Australia will introduce a series of 3 day Certified PROFINET Training courses throughout Australia in November this year.


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PROFINET Seminar attracts Industrial Automation heavyweights

May 2014

Factory and Process Automation expert Bernd Lieberth returned to Singapore last month following a successful two week Australian visit, highlighted by the launch of Siemen’s new Simatic S7-1500 automation platform and a PROFINET Technical Seminar.


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6 facts changing Industry Automation today...and tomorrow

Feb 2014

PI Chairman Karsten Schneider shares his thoughts on 6 facts changing Industry Automation today...and tomorrow


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Profibus Australia hosts Technical Seminar on PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet Technologies (March)

Feb 2014

Bernd Lieberth, Siemens Industrial Automation expert, will present an in-depth analysis on Industrial Ethernet technologies and PROFINET functionality on 25 March at the Novotel Parramatta.


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GE's PROFINET Enabled I/O Solutions are Built to Connect and Collaborate

Feb 2014

GE Intelligent Platforms has extended its commitment to high-performance solutions in today's connected world with the release of the PACSystems RX3i, PAC8000 and VersaMax IP Scanners for the PROFINET industrial networking platform.


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Andy Verwer returns for accredited Profibus training courses in May '14

Feb 2014

Profibus Australia has announced UK trainer Andy Verwer will conduct a series of accredited Profibus training courses this May in partnership with the PITC (Pentair).


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Brisbane Profibus & Profinet EXPO biggest ever

Feb 2014

Profibus Australia ended 2013 on a high note with a successful one-day Forum and Technical Exhibition at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre on 6 November.


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Success for Profibus Australia at the Process & Control industry's Zenith Awards

June 2013

A joint submission from Profibus Australia, WorleyParsons and Blochtech to the Australian 2013 Zenith Awards has won the 'Best Fieldbus Application' category.


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3 NEW modules for COMbricks Family

June 2013

In partnership with PROCENTEC, I S Systems is pleased to announce the release of three new product modules to the COMbricks family.

* PA module   * Profinet module   * RS 485-IS module

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2013 Profibus Australia AGM

April 2013

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of Profibus Australia will be held on Tuesday 28 May at 2pm at Burkert Fluid Control Systems.


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PI Chairman confirmed as Profibus/PACE Business Lunch Keynote Speaker

April 2013

Profibus International Chairman Karsten Schneider will visit Australia in October this year as the inaugural keynote speaker at a series of business luncheons to be organized by Profibus Australia and PACE magazine.


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Leading industry communication protocols to be showcased at Profibus EXPO

April 2013

Technical experts representing the world's most popular communication protocols in process and factory automation will participate in a round table discussion at the Profibus EXPO in November, hosted by Profibus Australia.


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Profibus Australia and PICC join forces
to deliver expanded Profibus training in November 2012

July 2012

Keeping in step with the evolving needs of the industry, Profibus Australia has enhanced the quality and availability of Certified Profibus Training. Included in its November training calendar is a new course plus training sessions in areas of peak regional demand.


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How can industry take advantage of Fieldbus systems in process control, maintenance and asset management

June 2012

Traditional process control technologies cause a dilemma for designers and operators of modern processing facilities due to their limitation when it comes to planning, operation and service efficiencies.

Technologies such as Profibus and Foundation Fieldbus offer comprehensive solutions including actual communication, application profiles, system integration and engineering..


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PAA reinvests increased revenue into developing new markets

June 2012

Leading fieldbus Association Profibus Australia has returned a record gross turnover for 2011, according to trading figures presented at the AGM last week.


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Why Certified Profibus Training is fundamental to the success of Profibus

January 2012

The continued success of Profibus can be attributed to its unique ability to significantly reduce costs over a plant's entire lifecycle.


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Profinet in Process Automation

With the completion of the "PROFINET for Process Automation" application profile, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) has achieved another important milestone for PROFINET.

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Making life easier with Profibus PA Profile 3.02

The recent launch of Profibus PA Device Profile 3.02 addresses the interoperability short coming that has plagued the technology since the introduction of the PA protocol in 1998.

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Profibus Installation Guideline set
now available

August 2010

With its three-part Installation Guide, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), is providing support to plant manufacturers and operators for their planning, installation, and commissioning activities. Through proper conceptual planning and careful installation, operators can avoid countless errors from the outset.

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PROFIBUS PA book is now available

Feb 2009

The latest book "PROFIBUS PA" by Christian Diedrich, Thomas Bangemann and several co-authors is now available. This book is a must read for all who need in-depth information about PROFIBUS in process industries. It is just as useful for developers of process automation devices as for planners, end-users or maintenance staff.

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