Industrial Network Support

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FOR ALL YOUR INDUSTRIAL COMMUNICATION NETWORK SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS

Whether you are wanting assistance with the design of your PROFIBUS and PROFINET networks or need support in resolving a problem, we can help you.

Fieldbus technology, and more recently Ethernet-based communications, are frequently used to facilitate communications between the main components of an automated control system. PROFIBUS has been around since the early 90’s and continues to be the dominant fieldbus the UK. PROFINET, is now appearing in new installations and is fast becoming the industrial Ethernet network of choice for 21st-century automation systems.

UK PROFINET SUPPORT

PROFINET is the network of the 21st century and often referred to as the “backbone of IIoT and Industry 4.0”. Very well described in the Indu-Sol “PROFINET the Movie” video at the bottom of this page, PROFINET is an Ethernet-based industrial communications protocol that performs a similar task to PROFIBUS DP but with the added benefit of being able to support multiple protocols such as HTTP, SNMP and OPC in the same cable.

Our engineers have Certified PROFINET Installer and Certified PROFINET Engineer accreditation as well as the latest tools to assist in identifying and resolving network-related problems. For details about our scheduled and site-based PROFINET training courses, please go to the Training Courses page of this site

UK PROFIBUS SUPPORT

PROFIBUS is a well established network with over 50 million devices having being sold world wide. Developed in the late 1980’s and considered a legacy network by some, PROFIBUS continues to play a major part in the UK automation industry. Our engineers have Certified PROFIBUS Installer and Certified PROFIBUS Engineer accreditation as well as the latest tools to assist in identifying and resolving network-related problems. For details about our scheduled and site-based PROFIBUS training courses, please go to the Training Courses page of this site.

UK IO-LINK and AS-i SUPPORT

IO-Link takes plant-based communications down to devices that have been excluded from direct network connection in the past. It allows Ethernet-based networks to reach the sensor and actuator level using conventional 3-wire cabling. AS-i on the other hand has other benefits and continues to be used in manufacturing industries.

OUR SUPPORT NETWORK

As well as having our own Certified PROFIBUS and Certified PROFINET Installers and Engineers, as an authorised solutions partner of Indu-Sol, manufacturers of diagnostic and monitoring tools for industrial networks, we have access to a team of experts in this field.

SPREADING THE WORD

We are active members of the UK PROFIBUS and PROFINET Regional Association and regularly give presentations on their behalf. We also work closely with PROFIBUS and PROFINET International, the vendor-independent organisation responsible for development, certification, marketing and training of the two technologies.

Call us on +44(0)1925 824003 or by email cslsales@controlspecialists.co.uk



PROFINET Support

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The ease of setting up a PROFINET installation can lead people into a false sense of security. PROFINET is a diagnostic-rich protocol allowing device-related diagnostics to be shown on SCADA / HMI screens, but this is clearly dependent on the communication network working correctly. The consequences of network failure cannot be underestimated and unless the network is designed for network-level support and initially validated at a communications level, then faults in the future will be difficult to diagnose.

Using Certified PROFINET Engineers and the monitoring & diagnostic tools of our partner Indu-Sol GmbH, Control Specialists Ltd will ensure that the fundamentals such as topology, measuring points, device cycle times, net loading, cable lengths, EMC requirements etc. are established at the design phase and then formally validated to establish conformance to the design as well as ensuring that the network is operating within defined limits.

We have the experience of using network-level diagnostic monitoring and auditing tools to assist us with the support of existing PROFINET networks and combine this with our 20+ years of experience in supporting automated control systems. You may also be interested in looking at our EMC support services which are very relevant to PROFINET networks.

In conjunction with our partner Verwer Training & Consultancy Ltd, a PROFIBUS & PROFINET International Training Centre (PITC), we are able to provide practical training on the installation, commissioning and support of PROFINET networks at your premises.

Control Specialists Ltd play an active role within PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) and regularly give technical presentations at seminars run by PI UK.

 



PROFIBUS Support

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PROFIBUS is an established fieldbus used extensively in a wide variety of industrial automation applications. Despite this, many PROFIBUS networks operate with underlying issues as a result of decisions made during the design phase of the installation. These issues often remain undetected until changes are made to the network, often many years later, and then start to cause problems that can be difficult to diagnose.

Using Certified PROFIBUS Designers, Certified PROFIBUS Engineers and the monitoring and diagnostic tools of our partner, Indu-Sol GmbH, Control Specialists Ltd can provide assistance with design and commissioning of new installations or the support of existing ones. Our design team will ensure that the fundamentals such as topology, measuring points, cable lengths, EMC requirements etc. are established at the design phase and then formally validated to establish conformance to the design as well as ensuring that the network is operating within defined limits. We have several years of experience in supporting and fault-finding on PROFIBUS networks where our wider experience in automation control systems often helps us resolves issues where others have failed. You may also be interested in looking at our EMC support services which are very relevant to PROFIBUS networks.

In conjunction with our partner Verwer Training & Consultancy Ltd, a PROFIBUS & PROFINET International Training Centre (PITC), we are able to provide practical training on the installation, commissioning and support of PROFIBUS networks at your premises and also at the Application, Training and Engineering Centre of Endress+Hauser in Manchester.

We have the experience of using network-level diagnostic monitoring and auditing tools to assist us with the support of existing PROFIBUS networks.

AS-i Support

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Widely recognised as a solution for connecting field-level devices like sensors and actuators to a higher level system like PROFIBUS or PROFINET, AS-i (Actuator Sensor-interface) is now considered as an established solution for systems that would have previously used conventional on/off switching sensors and actuators.

Using our experience in automation and control and industrial networks, together with the tools of our partner Indu-Sol GmbH, Control Specialists are able to provide site-based support of AS-i installations. Additionally, in conjunction with our partner Verwer Training and Consultancy Ltd, we can also improve the skills of your own support team by providing practical training on the installation, commissioning and support of AS-i installations at your premises.

EMC Support

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Using the EMC tools of our partner Indu-Sol GmbH, Control Specialists Ltd can provide site-based support to check the effectiveness of your earthling from an EMC point of view. This is a critical requirement for the long-term trouble-free operation of networks like PROFIBUS and PROFINET.

EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) and Protective Earth (PE) issues are acknowledged as being the cause of a significant number of problems on fieldbuses and Industrial networks like PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Over the years, the risk of sporadic failures in electronic systems due to electromagnetic interference has risen sharply. This is primarily a result of an increase in the of the number and energy of disturbance sources (frequency invertors, high-powered drives) and an increase in the number and sensitivity of potential victims (microprocessor-controlled, high-transmission rate devices. Some interesting facts to consider are:

  • About 95% of all EMC-related effort (projects, work, money) is just preventative, i.e. complying to applicable standards. Only 5% relates to actual interference / root- cause and identification / solving.
  • Suitable cost-effective measures require an understanding of the underlying physical principles.
  • The distinction between shielding inside housings (printed circuit boards) and outside (housings and cables) is very important.
  • In order to avoid losing track, it is important to focus on the relevant culprits, types of coupling, and victims.
  • Many apparent EMC ‘field’ problems turn out to be direct galvanic in nature (via a wire).
  • 90% of all EMC disturbances are caused by errors in the grounding system (functional earth) and are not real EMC ‘field’ problems.
  • 80% of the final EMC (compatibility) of an automation system’s is determined by the quality of the functional bonding system (FE).

 

Training Courses

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Working closely with our partner Verwer Training & Consultancy Ltd * (VTC), we deliver Industrial Network training courses (PROFIBUS, PROFINET and AS-i) and Process Loop optimisation training courses on site or at the Endress+Hauser Application, Training & Engineering Centre in Manchester. The courses are primarily practical, but include the necessary theory to ensure a full understanding of these important topics.

Industrial Network Training – The courses cover AS-i, PROFIBUS and PROFINET, all of which are practical but include the necessary theory to ensure that the students have a full understanding of the technologies they are working with.

PID Loop Tuning – As well as covering loop tuning, the course also covers the most common plant-related issues that can make tuning difficult.

Control Station Training: We are an authorised solutions partner for Control Station Inc. As well as using their Loop Pro software in our own PID training courses, we are able to provide Control Station approved training courses for Loop Pro and the process supervision software Plant ESP.

For more information on our Training courses, please go to the Training section of the Downloads page.

* Verwer Training & Consultancy Ltd (VTC), are a PROFIBUS & PROFINET International Training Centre (PITC) who are accredited to deliver PI-Certified training courses on PROFIBUS and PROFINET.

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Industrial Network Support (PROFIBUS, PROFINET, AS-i) - Control System Support - Software Design - Validation, PID Loop Tuning - Training Courses (PROFIBUS, PROFINET, AS-I, PID Loop Tuning).

This website outlines the services provided by Control Specialists and their relationship with PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), the vendor-independent organisation responsible for the development of PROFIBUS and PROFINET. It also provides details of our partners, Indu-SOL GmbH, manufacturers of monitoring and diagnostic tools for Industrial Networks and Control Station Inc., developers of industrial process control optimisation applications.