New course to address common Profibus network design mistakes




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.

 

Knowing how the Profibus protocol works is not same as knowing how to design an optimal Profibus network, says Peter Thomas, Profibus expert and Chairman of the PI’s PITC Workgroup.

Peter will be visiting Australia in November to launch the new Certified Profibus System Design Course. This latest addition to the advanced tier of the Certified Profibus course program is ideal for managers, designers and system integrators who are making fundamental decisions about the network during the early stages of a project.

As an advanced program focused directly on network design, Peter says the System Design Course will have very little overlap with the existing Certified Engineer Course. The Engineer Course studies the workings of the Profibus protocol, and is thus better suited for people involved in advanced fault-finding and device design, rather than network design.

According to Peter, many Profibus installations suffer from mistakes that can be traced back to decisions made during the design stage.

“There are many ways that Profibus networks can be put together and appear to do the job adequately,” he said. “It's only after it has been installed and we start things up that, in hindsight, you realise that it could have done a different, better way.”

Short-sighted design decisions, like fragmenting a network into many segments, can later create difficulties in diagnosing, troubleshooting and expanding the network.

“Other issues range from a lack of awareness of the need to provide adequate maintenance and fault finding facilities, the use of inappropriate technology and over complex or inappropriate system architecture,” Peter explained.

The System Design Course will address these issues directly, providing attendees with a top-down approach and the tools to optimise the design of Profibus networks, while highlighting common and costly mistakes to avoid.

To ensure attendees start off with the same level of fundamental knowledge about Profibus, the Certified Profibus Installer Course is a prerequisite for the Certified Profibus System Design Course. While it is possible to undertake the course without having first taken the Profibus Installer Course, doing so will extend the duration from two and a half days to three and a half days.

Certified Profibus and Profinet Training commences Auckland W/C 25 October, Brisbane W/C 1 November, Perth: W/C 8 November; Sydney W/C 22 November; Melbourne W/C 29 November.

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