PROFINET Developer Workshop in Chicago October 5 |

PROFINET Developer Workshop in Chicago October 5

Scottsdale, AZ — August 16, 2006 — The PTO announces a PROFINET Developer Workshop on October 5, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL. The workshop will provide potential PROFINET developers with a wide range of technical information including PROFINET vendor presentations to help them select the best tools to develop their PROFINET compatible products. The workshop is designed for device developers, development managers and product marketers.

“The objective of the workshop is to provide developers with technical information and enable them to meet and talk with a variety of PROFINET tool vendors,” said Carl Henning, Deputy Director of the PTO. “Industrial Ethernet is a continually growing force in factory automation and we want developers to be completely knowledgeable about the latest tools so that they can successfully integrate Ethernet into their products. The PTO has assembled the major suppliers of PROFINET development tools in one room so potential users can select the development tools that best fulfill their requirements.”

During the workshop, the ARC Advisory Group will provide a market overview and industry expert Harry Forbes will speak about the explosive growth of Industrial Ethernet. The PTO will give an overview on PROFINET and the PROFI Interface Center will provide a high-level look at various applications and the types of tools available to address them. Presentations will also be given by seven development tool providers that will each talk about their specific PROFINET development tools. Providers will also be available at exhibit tables for more detailed discussions. Exhibiters include: Hilscher North America, Inc., HMS Industrial Networks, Inc., Real Time Automation, Siemens Energy & Automation, Softing North America, Grid Connect, Inc. and Woodhead Industries.

The PROFINET Developer Workshop follows the 3rd International Industrial Ethernet Symposium being held October 3-4 in Chicago. The workshop is entirely free of cost or obligation. Coffee, a light breakfast, lunch and a hosted bar will be provided and door prizes will be awarded.

The ARC Advisory Group predicts Industrial Ethernet growth to be over 50% per year. ARC describes PROFINET as an “all encompassing Industrial Ethernet Solution.” PROFINET provides I/O connectivity, easy peer-to-peer integration, motion control, safety, and vertical integration.

PROFINET is the leading Industrial Ethernet standard and the only single-network solution for factory and process automation, discrete and motion control, vertical and horizontal integration and safety. It includes plant-wide fieldbus communication, plant-to-office communication and equipment-to-equipment integration. PROFINET can simultaneously handle standard TCP/IP transmissions and real-time transmissions at sub-millisecond speeds. PROFINET embraces industry standards like Ethernet, TCP/IP, XML and OPC.

The PTO is a non-profit corporation working to enhance the PROFIBUS and PROFINET standards while educating and assisting device manufacturers throughout North America on the latest extensions and conformance tests associated with PROFIBUS and PROFINET.
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